Cristina joined the firm in 2004. Her legal education was largely focused on international law and fluent in three languages she wanted to practice in a big city. However, life had different plans for her. Late one evening, Cristina and her family arrived home and listened to the voice mail on their answering machine. Her husband, John, a member of the Vermont National Guard, had been called to active duty in the Iraq war. They had 30 days to get their affairs in order before John would deploy to Kuwait for 18 months. Moving to a big city, alone with 3 boys ages 13, 11 and 5 was simply not an option. She accepted a position at Van Dorn & Curtiss thinking it would be a good place to work while her husband was deployed. Eleven years later she is still here. Her passion for her work is evident to anyone who talks to her and most important to all the clients she represents.
Cristina is dedicated to serving the needs of her clients, and her expertise in negotiation and insurance law has resulted in many outstanding personal injury settlements. She is skilled in navigating the complex waters of insurance coverage, workers compensation law and personal injury law. She has worked closely with the Multicultural Center in Manchester, NH to provide legal access to the Spanish speaking community. She is also a regular volunteer with LawLine, a once-a-month program which provides legal answers, free of charge, to New Hampshire citizens.
Cristina successfully completed ATLA’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy College: Art of Persuasion at Harvard Law School. She was co-counsel in Mann v. Adventure Quest, et al were the jury awarded a 5 million dollar verdict to a victim of sexual abuse; she was also part of the jury selection team in Heco v. Johnson Controls, Inc., where a jury awarded a record setting verdict of 43 million dollars. Cristina appears regularly at the Department of Labor in New Hampshire and Vermont helping injured workers. She travels throughout New Hampshire and Vermont and their Courts handling all aspects of her client’s cases from simple meetings to entire trials.
Cristina was born and raised in Quito-Ecuador. She first came to the United States as an exchange student in 1989 and made New Hampshire her permanent residence in 1991. She became a U.S. citizen in 2000. She lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire with her husband and their three boys. Cristina enjoys cooking for her family, in her spare time she likes to search for and try new recipes. As a family they enjoy traveling together and learning about the world by experiencing other cultures first hand.
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
- Juris Doctor, cum laude; May 2003
- Student Exchange at University of Trento, Trento, Italy
- Student Exchange; Rule of Law Program at St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, Russia
- Semester Abroad; European Union Law at University of Marseille, Aix-en-Provance, France
- Semester in Practice at Tally Systems, Inc.
Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH
- B.A., magna cum laude; May 2000
- Double Major in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- New Hampshire
- New Hampshire Federal Court
- Vermont Federal Court
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Grafton County Bar Association
- New Hampshire Association for Justice; Minority Delegate 2008-2013
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- Vermont Association for Justice
- Vermont Bar Association
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Deveboise Scholarship Award; VLS 2000-2003
- Dispute Resolution Society, 2002 First Place Negotiation Competition
- Outstanding Alum Award; Franklin Pierce University, 2000
Find out how Cristina and the team at the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss can help you with your claim. Call us at (866) 933-6115 or complete our online contact form to arrange a free consultation.