M. Cristina Gonzalez
Born and raised in Houston, Cristina is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She is a first-generation Latina who is fluent in Spanish and deeply passionate about helping others. Cristina graduated from the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a concentration in pre-law. In 2013, she obtained her paralegal certificate from the University of Houston and worked her way through college as a paralegal, validating her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney.
Cristina attended South Texas College of Law Houston where she served as a Student Ambassador and the President of the Hispanic Law Students Association. While in law school, Cristina clerked for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and also served as a student attorney for the Asylum & Human Trafficking Clinic. She earned a certificate of recognition from the Pro Bono Honors Program for her commitment to pro bono service.
Balancing work and law school, Cristina gained experience in several practice areas including immigration, criminal law, and real estate, among others. It was through this advocacy and hands-on experience that she fostered her desire to become a trial attorney. As a former criminal defense attorney, Cristina joined The Crim & Villalpando Law Firm with a fierce determination to fight for her clients.
Cristina is currently an active member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and remains active in her community as a member and officer of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston. She also provides mentorship to high school students to encourage and ensure access to post-secondary education and employment. In her free time, Cristina enjoys volunteering, traveling, all things outdoors, experimenting with new cooking recipes, and spending time with her loved ones.