Cristina is Of Counsel to the Firm. She is also a founding partner of Perez Gonzalez APC, in Glendale, California. Cristina leads our Firm’s immigration practice.
For over 18 years, Cristina’s practice has primarily focused on assisting foreign professionals in the athletic, technology, business and investment fields in non-immigrant and immigrant visas, labor certifications, family petitions, and naturalization. Her clientele includes Fortune 500 companies, national and international businesses, executives, international celebrities and entertainers, professional athletes, and investment firms.
In addition to law, Cristina has had success in a variety of different endeavors. She is a three-time Emmy Award winning television personality, radio host, and the author of two books. Cristina is internationally renowned as the Judge-Host of the television court programs “La Corte De Familia” (NBC Universal/Telemundo), “Cristina’s Court” (FOX), and currently, “Justice For All With Judge Cristina Perez” (ESTV). She is featured on local radio and television regarding current immigration issues and currently serves as the legal correspondent for “Buenos Dias Los Angeles” (Telemundo). She frequently lectures at seminars sponsored by professional associations and law schools.
Cristina is an active member and leader of several legal organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where she has served as the Chair of the Southern California chapter and on the Board of Governors for the national organization. Cristina is also active with the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA), La Raza Lawyers of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Latina Lawyers Bar Association. She is actively involved in the Manny Mota International Foundation, Catholic Healthcare West, and the Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, where she has served on the Cancer Center Board of Directors. Cristina was also selected to serve on the Merit Selection Panel to consider the re-appointment of full-time Magistrate Judges for the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Moreover, Cristina is a leader in the Latino community and is committed to community awareness. She is an active participant in local affairs, educating people on obtaining permanent residence and citizenship in the United States. Cristina works closely with several non-profit organizations in the community as well as with local Latin American Consulate offices serving as a guest lecturer and speaker in seminars concentrating on Immigration Law. In 2005, Cristina was selected as a California’s “Woman of the Year” for her community service and activities and was named one of “America’s Top 10 Latina Advocates” by the national magazine Latino Leaders. In 2007, she was named as one of “America’s Ten Most Inspirational Women” by Siempre Mujer magazine.
Cristina received her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Los Angeles, California, and received two Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, California. While in law school, Cristina served on the Whittier Law Moot Court Honors Board and as President of the Student Bar Association. She studied International Law in Madrid, Spain at the College of William & Mary School of Law, Colegio Mayor Universitario San Pablo.