Cristina Quiñonez is an associate attorney in the San Francisco office. Ms. Quiñonez was proudly raised in San Francisco, where she obtained her B.A., from San Francisco State University and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Prior to law school, Ms. Quiñonez taught empowerment classes to female incarcerated individuals at the San Francisco County Jail and tutored formerly incarcerated individuals for their College Entrance Exams. During law school, Ms. Quiñonez participated in the Immigration and Deportation Defense and the Immigration Policy clinics where she presented Know Your Rights trainings throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley, prepared immigrants for their credible fear interviews in Tijuana, Mexico, and assisted the clients in their asylum proceedings. Ms. Quiñonez interned with the Immigration Unit at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office where she worked exclusively with clients who were detained as a result of being caught in the overlap between the immigration and criminal justice systems.

Prior to joining Phillips Spallas & Angstadt, Ms. Quiñonez represented foster youth in their Juvenile Dependency matters in Alameda
County where she took several matters to trial, negotiated settlements that prevented painful litigation around allegations of serious abuse, and successfully advocated for her clients’ position and best interest. Ms. Quiñonez is admitted to practice law in the state of California.

Ms. Quiñonez supports first-generation community college students as a Puente mentor and helps students navigate their education and career paths. Ms. Quiñonez is bilingual in Spanish and is an active member of the San Francisco and East Bay La Raza Lawyer Associations. In her free time, Ms. Quiñonez is an avid reader, enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring new restaurants, and going to yoga classes.


Publications

        • Exposing the American History of Applying Racial Anxieties to Regulate and Devalue Latinx Immigrant Reproductive Rights, University of San Francisco Law Review Forum (2020).

Education

J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
B.A., San Francisco State University

Admissions

California

Contact

t 415 278 9400
f 415 278 9411
560 Mission Street, Suite 1010
San Francisco, CA 94105