Cristina Perez Hesano

Partner / Attorney

Cristina Perez Hesano established Perez Law Group, PLLC in 2010.  After successfully managing her own firm for three years, Cristina merged with Bellah & Associates, PLLC to create Bellah Perez, PLLC.  Prior to establishing her own firm, Cristina was a judicial extern in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona for the Honorable Redfield T. Baum.  She also worked for a two additional law firms, focusing her practice in mostly consumer bankruptcy matters.  At Bellah Perez, she continues to provide aggressive representation to individuals in bankruptcy as well as through debt negotiation.

Cristina obtained her mediation certification through Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law where she focused on the various stages of the mediation process, working with different negotiation styles, and facilitating problem solving using the STAR Approach to mediation. She currently serves as a court-appointed panel mediator for the Justice Courts of Arizona in Maricopa County professional and facilitates settlement negotiations for various types of legal matters.

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