"I’m a firm believer in the idea that the more you do, the more you learn you can do,” says Chantel Crews. A top litigator with Ryan and Sanders, LLP, Crews is president of the El Paso Bar Association, president-elect of the Junior League of El Paso, vice president of programs for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and a member of the Las Palmas Women’s Advisory Board.
“My biggest challenge is juggling the roles of wife, parent, volunteer and professional,” Crews said. “Fortunately, I have a lot of energy and a very supportive husband.”
Married to civil engineer Michael Ancell, Crews is the proud mother of 3-year-old Claire, the child she calls “my greatest accomplishment.”
“When Claire was born I realized that I wanted to spend as much time with her as I could,” Crews said. “I don’t know if anyone ever strikes the perfect balance between life and work, but I was determined to try.”
“I have the best of both worlds at Ryan and Sanders: an active litigation practice and time with Claire in the afternoons,” Crews continued. “As a working woman, I want to be a role model for my daughter, so that she grows up knowing that she can do anything and be anything that she wants.”
One of the values that Crews plans to pass down to her daughter is the importance of volunteerism.
“To be included in this list of remarkable leaders is a great honor,” Crews said. “El Paso has given me so much that I feel blessed to be able to give something back.”
“I love being a member of the Junior League of El Paso,” she continued. “Each year we take on all sorts of wonderful community projects such as the El Paso Botanical Garden at Keystone Heritage Park and the Field of Miracles, a baseball field designed for children with special needs. We’re now going through a rigorous community needs assessment to determine next year’s projects, and I feel fortunate to be able to be part of that process.”
In her role as president of the El Paso Bar Association, Crews helps to organize pro bono legal workshops throughout the year, including the Access to Justice Fair, which provides legal advice to those who can’t afford legal representation, and the El Paso Lawyers for Patriots program for veterans.
“I think that the most rewarding life you can have is one that’s guided by the Golden Rule,” Crews said.