Cristina Ponce-Villacis obtained her Master Degree in American Law from the University of Arizona, on May 2017. She previously obtained her Law Degree (2005) and Psychology Degree (1998) from Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Additionally, she holds a Certificate from the Program of Advanced Studies on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from American University (2009). Since 2015, she is a member of the Academic Section on Juridical Sciences of the Ecuadorian House of Culture.

At Quevedo & Ponce (2008-2010, 2012-2016, and since September 2017), where she is a partner since 2013, she has represented clients in damages trials, international arbitrations, succession proceedings, family law and domestic violence matters, administrative trials, intellectual property matters, commercial arbitrations, constitutional suits, and human rights cases. She was the Head of the Litigation Department at Asylum Access Ecuador (2010-2012), a non-profit organization which provided legal advice and representation to refugees, and represented women who had suffered sexual violence. Previously, as a civil servant of the National Council for Children (2006-2007), she provided advice on mechanisms for the protection of children, and developed proposals for the new Constitution (which was enacted on 2008).

She has written articles on diverse issues such as medical malpractice (a comparison between civil proceedings in Ecuador and the United States), unfair competition, free competition, rights of the indigenous isolated peoples, and gender equality, among others.