Cristina Quiñonez is an associate attorney in the San Francisco office. Her civil litigation practice focuses on landlord-tenant, premises liability, and real estate/real property. Ms. Quiñonez was proudly raised in San Francisco, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Prior to law school, Ms. Quiñonez taught empowerment classes to female incarcerated persons 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 training 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 Philips, Spallas & Angstadt, 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 before all California State Courts.
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 on walks with her dog, Leo.
- Exposing the American History of Applying Racial Anxieties to Regulate and Devalue Latinx Immigrant Reproductive Rights, University of San Francisco Law Review Forum (2020).