Cristina Perez is a Partner with Leech Tishman and is based in the firm’s Pasadena, California office. She is Chair of Leech Tishman’s Immigration Practice Group, and is also a member of the Corporate and Employment Practice Groups. Cristina is a successful lawyer, three-time Emmy Award winning television personality, radio host, speaker, entrepreneur/business owner, national author and featured columnist.
Cristina is an internationally recognized immigration lawyer. Her practice focuses on assisting professionals in the technology, business, investment, athletic and entertainment fields, in non-immigrant and immigrant visas, labor certifications, family petitions and naturalization. Her clients include Fortune 500 and Inc. 500 companies, national and international businesses, athletes, investment firms, executives, international celebrities, as well as entertainers, investment firms and corporate executives.
During the course of her career, Cristina has successfully arbitrated more than 2000 limited jurisdiction matters, ranging from employment, labor, multiparty, personal injury, intellectual property, business, contract, real estate, and tort issues, to many other disputes among parties across the U.S. Cristina is well-regarded for her integrity and ability to bring parties together to settle their disputes.
Cristina is an active member of the Los Angeles legal community and has served as a leader of several nationally recognized organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she has served as Chair of AILA’s Southern California Chapter. Cristina is committed to legal awareness in her community. She is an active participant in local affairs, regularly educating the public on legal issues. Cristina works closely with several community non-profit organizations, serving as a guest lecturer and speaker at seminars sponsored by public/community associations, law schools and professional organizations. She has served as the Los Angeles Bar Association Spokesperson for its Lawyer Referral and Information Service, a position formerly held only by “The People’s Court” Judge Wapner.
Cristina is internationally renowned as the three-time Emmy Award winning television judge on “Cristina’s Court” (FOX) and the Emmy-nominated “Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez” (Entertainment Studios). She was also internally renowned as the Judge on “La Corte de Familia” (NBC/Telemundo) and hosted “Judge Cristina Live @9” (KABC 790 AM). She is frequently featured on radio and television and has served as a columnist for national magazines and internet-based publications and blogs.
Cristina is also the author of Living by Los Dichos (Simon & Schuster/Atria) and It’s All About the Woman Who Wears It: Ten Laws for Being Smart, Successful and Sexy Too (Penguin Books).
J.D., Whittier Law School
B.A. in Spanish and International History, University of California, Los Angeles
California Law Firm, a Prof. Law Corp. (formerly known as Perez Gonzalez, a Prof. Law Corp.)
State Bar of California
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Former Chair, AILA Southern California Chapter; Former Member, National Board of Governors)
Latina Lawyers Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Former Spokesperson, Lawyer Referral and Information Service)
Mexican American Bar Association
U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Member, Merit Selection Panel)
Emmy Award, Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program (3-Time Winner)
America’s Ten Most Inspirational Women, Siempre Mujer Magazine
California’s “Woman of the Year”
America’s Top 10 Latina Advocates, Latino Leaders Magazine
Living by Los Dichos (Simon & Schuster/Atria)
It’s All About the Woman Who Wears It: Ten Law for Being Smart, Successful and Sexy Too (Penguin Books)
Red, White and Latina: Our American Identity (Morgan James)
Radio, Television and Media Appearances
“Cristina’s Court” (FOX) (3-Time Emmy Award Winner)
“Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez” (Entertainment Studios) (Emmy-nominated)
“La Corte de Familia” (NBC/Telemundo)
“Judge Cristina Live @9” (KABC 790 AM, Los Angeles)
“The View” (ABC)
“TV Guide Network’s Hollywood 411”
“Larry King and Showbiz Tonight” (CNN)
“Conexion Thalia” (ABC Radio Networks)
“Radio Univision” (Co-Host)
W-RADIO 690 AM
Telemundo Network (Legal Correspondent)