Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Cris A. Alburquerque received a Presidential Scholarship to study at the University of Central Florida. In 2012, she graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law at Western Michigan University where she was awarded an annual honors scholarship. In 2021, Ms. Alburquerque joined the Law Firm of Block O’Toole & Murphy as an associate, offering her skills as a bilingual litigator. With her, she brings a tremendous dedication to taking care of her clients through skillful, fervent, and effective advocacy and representation.
Before joining BOM, Ms. Alburquerque began her legal career working as a secretary for a personal injury law firm. She eventually worked her way up to positions as a legal assistant and paralegal while attending college. These experiences prepared her well for law school, where she thrived as one of few students already equipped with legal experience. While in law school, Ms. Alburquerque served as a Student Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, a Student Public Defender with the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a Domestic Violence Victims’ Advocate with the Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Lansing, Michigan.
After earning her juris doctor, Ms. Alburquerque was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2013 and to the Georgia State Bar in 2014. After working for several years in Atlanta, Georgia, she returned to New York City in 2017 to continue her legal career. Prior to personal injury law, Ms. Alburquerque worked in criminal defense and civil rights law. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with Top 100 National Trial Lawyers to advocate for the underrepresented and disadvantaged population. In 2014, she was part of a trial team that won a $1,800,000 premises liability jury verdict in Fulton County Superior Court; this result was among the top 25 jury verdicts in the State of Georgia that year. In 2015, she was awarded membership to the Federal Defender’s Acquittal Club, recognizing her ability to successfully obtain multiple "not guilty" verdicts for clients accused of federal conspiracy crimes.
An active member of the legal community, Ms. Alburquerque volunteered for several years with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Additionally, she graduated from the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Leadership Academy and served as the Community Outreach Committee Co-Chair for the Young Lawyer Division of the Georgia State Bar.
Since joining Block O’Toole & Murphy, Ms. Alburquerque has focused her legal practice on personal injury matters, specializing in construction accidents, auto accidents, and premises liability cases. With more than five years’ experience litigating cases in both federal and state courts, Ms. Alburquerque is well-equipped to fight on behalf of her clients.
Areas Of Practice
- Construction Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Premises Liability
- New York, 2013
- Georgia, 2014
- Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
- University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida