Cristina Perez Hesano

Partner / Attorney

After starting her career as a judicial extern in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona, for the Honorable Redfield T. Baum, Cristina Perez Hesano gained experience in consumer bankruptcy matters at two law firms, honing the skills that would allow her to open her own firm. In 2010, Cristina established Perez Law Group, PLLC, which she successfully managed for three years, before merging with Bellah & Associates, PLLC to create Bellah Perez, PLLC.

At Bellah Perez, PLLC, Cristina continues to provide experienced representation to individuals and businesses in bankruptcy and debt negotiation, as well as being proficient in dealing with debtor and creditor rights. Among her other areas of practice are civil litigation and personal injury, which she approaches with the same zeal and dedication that has defined her career thus far. Her background in mediation has especially equipped her with problem solving using a variety of negotiation styles. She also currently serves as a court-appointed panel mediator for the Justice Courts of Arizona in Maricopa County and facilitates settlement negotiations for various types of legal matters.

In her personal life, Cristina is a wife, mother to a beautiful little girl, and faithful parishioner. In her spare time, she teaches indoor cycling classes at the Gainey Village Health Club & Spa and ToBeRe, to stay in shape and connect with the community.

Focus

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from Hofstra University
  • Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University

Professional Highlights

  • Admitted to practice in the State of Arizona
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • Member of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona
  • Continuing Legal Education Chairperson for the State Bar of Arizona’s Young Lawyers Division
  • Executive Council Member-at-Large of the State Bar of Arizona’s Young Lawyers Division
  • Young Lawyers Division Liaison for the Bankruptcy Section Executive Council, State Bar of Arizona
  • CLE Co-Chair for Arizona Bankruptcy Consumer Council
  • Young Lawyers Division, State Bar of Arizona Convention Chair, 2013
  • Member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Member of the Arizona Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Committee
  • Court Appointed Panel Mediator, Justice Court of Arizona in and for Maricopa County

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers 2015 Southwest Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers 2014 Southwest Rising Star
  • Top Pro Bono Attorney in Arizona for 2013

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Eve’s Place, a non-profit comprehensive program for victims of domestic abuse

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English