Associate Attorney – Riverside
Cecilia Murillo-Quintana is an associate attorney in the Riverside office of Wilner & O’Reilly, APLC. Ms. Murillo-Quintana is admitted to the California Bar and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
As a former officer with USCIS’ Los Angeles Asylum Office, she gained invaluable practical experience and substantive knowledge. As an officer, Ms. Murillo-Quintana adjudicated asylum, credible and reasonable fear applications. She was among a few officers chosen to adjudicate follow-to-join refugee applications. Her prior experience with unaccompanied children as well as her Spanish language skills allowed her to be detailed as a virtual case manager with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to the Southern Border where she was able to reunify over a hundred children with their family members in the United States. She was also trained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.
During her time in law school, Ms. Murillo-Quintana interned at Casa Cornelia Law Center, a non-profit organization in San Diego, California. At Casa Cornelia, Ms. Murillo-Quintana worked with victims of domestic violence in the preparation of their U Visa, VAWA, and Asylum applications.
Ms. Murillo-Quintana emigrated to the United States at the age of 18 months from Mexico and experienced the many facets of the US immigration system. Ms. Murillo-Quintana’s first-hand experience allows her to empathize with her clients in their pursuit of their “American Dream.”
In her free time, Ms. Murillo-Quintana enjoys hiking with her spouse and her two Siberian huskies.
Areas of Practice
- California, 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2018
- Trinity Law School, Santa Ana, California
- J.D. – 2015
- University of California – Riverside, Riverside, California
- B.A. – 2010
- Major – Political Science/Law & Society
Past Employment Positions
- USCIS, Asylum Officer – 2019-2022
- Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services – 2014