Moot Court Helped Cristina Cambo to Be Fierce
07.14.16 | Permalink
Cristina Cambo shares her story of transforming from a shy soccer player to a focused and hard-working litigator.
Cristina Cambo, an associate in RKC’s Orlando office, grew up in Central Florida and was inspired by the law early on as she watched her parents, both immigrants, have the opportunity to build a much better life than they otherwise could have due in large part to the legal system. “My dad is a Cuban exile and my mom is from Spain,” said Cristina. “My parents have been a huge influence on me,” she continued.
A competitive soccer player during her high school years led Cristina to a tournament in North Carolina where her coach suggested she visit Wake Forest University since it was just down the road. “I fell in love with the school and just had to go there,” remembered Cristina. “I had such a great experience at Wake Forest. The students and faculty were wonderful and the school was relatively small. I headed back down to Florida for law school because I knew I wanted to practice in Florida,” she explained.
During law school, Cristina tried out for the moot court team because she knew herself to be fairly shy. “While I never really thought I would be a litigator, I knew that as a lawyer I would need to be able to not think twice about standing in front of people and talking,” she admitted. “That experience taught me so much more than I could imagine. While law school classes teach you how to think, moot court improved my writing, presentation skills, confidence, and honed my ability to think on my feet. It was by far the best preparation for my career in the legal world.”
Cristina worked for two small firms in Central Florida during her first four years out of law school, but always had her eyes open to find a firm that offered more resources, mentoring and growth opportunity. “I was excited when I saw an associate position listed for Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell because they rarely advertise. I thought it would be a great fit because I was already working on insurance coverage disputes, so I felt I could come in with good experience, but also have the opportunity to work on other things as well. In fact, that is one of the things I really like about working here,” she said. “The firm’s leadership really wants you to be a well-rounded attorney, and they give you the opportunity to delve into other practice areas,” she added.
Cristina focuses a large portion of her time working on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. She represents individuals and corporations in a wide range of litigation and corporate matters, ranging from insurance coverage to commercial contract actions. In her insurance practices, she defends insurance companies against coverage claims involving homeowners’ policies, personal umbrella policies, and commercial general liability policies. Most recently, her focus is on property insurance coverage and payment disputes.
“I’ve also had some work recently with medical malpractice cases and in pursuing disputes over medical payments on behalf of physicians,” she added.
From practical experience and plenty of opportunities for mentorship, Cristina enjoys having the ability to do substantial work in moving the cases forward. “With the type of work I do, I have had the opportunity to handle major hearings, depositions, and other matters that someone at my experience level doesn’t necessarily typically get to do,” she noted. “In addition, having access to partners to learn from who take the time to sit down and talk with you is also a huge benefit,” she continued. “Everyone is so generous with their time and goes out of their way to teach you and make sure you are prepared to handle various situations. It’s been a wonderful experience for me,” she said.
Cristina particularly enjoys her relationship with the clients and really strives to do her best work for them. “You realize that there are people behind the corporation. I’ve gotten to know several company contacts on a personal level, and they just want to do right by their insureds. They are all good, hard-working people who are proud of their company, and I want to help get them good results, especially in those situations when the lawsuits against them really are unjustified or not fair,” she said.
Cristina still enjoys soccer. Instead of playing, you’ll catch her in the stands at Orlando City games with her husband. “We cherish our weekends and make the most of them with our 16-month-old son,” said Cristina. “We like to be outdoors with him and our dogs—a ten-year-old Border Collie and 3-year-old German Shepard mix,” she added. The dogs enjoy running in open spaces and swimming, so they take them to the beach as often as possible.
In addition to enjoying soccer and the many outdoor activities in Central Florida, Cristina and her husband enjoy traveling and try to visit her family in Spain once a year. “When we go, we try and visit as many places in Europe as we can since everything is so close,” she said. “We took the baby for his first trip last October. He did great and my relatives were very excited to meet him for the first time.”
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