Christina, a married Mother of two little girls, has been an immigration and family law attorney for over 15 years. Christina speaks FLUENT Spanish. Christina believes that her personal service and dedication to her clients coupled with her compassion and understanding for their unique situation, sets her apart from her fellow attorneys.  Christina personally answers her own phone and handles your case from beginning to end without the use of paralegals.

            Christina’s professional career exemplifies excellence in service and legal representation. Christina, through her volunteerism, work in non-profits, work in the private sector with underrepresented populations demonstrates her core belief that justice should be universal.

            Christina devotes a great deal of her time to Pro Bono legal assistance (free and/or reduced cost legal representation). Some of her volunteer work includes: 

• Community Legal Services Pro Bono Program 
• FLAP [Family Law Assistance Program] 
• Court appointed Pro Bono Bilingual Guardian Ad Litem 
• Modest Means Project 
• “No Dream Deferred” Organization 
• State Bar “Lawyers on Call” 
• State Bar “Abogados a Su Lado” 
• State Bar “Law Day” 
• Pro Bono family law representation for non-profit agencies and domestic violence shelters. 

            In 2012, Christina was selected as one of only two attorneys by Univision as one of its “40 Hispanic leaders under 40.” Christina was also featured as “Mujer de mes” in Click magazine in 2003. Christina has been interviewed in relation to various legal issues for local newspapers, radio, and television news and related programs. Christina has appeared in Prensa Hispana, Arizona Republic, Radio Campesina, Univision, and “Hoy Con Ben Miranda.” 

            Christina has extensive experience in cross- border legal issues with Mexico and the United States. Christina was chosen to as a contract attorney for the Mexican Consulate in Arizona for their 2013-2014 PALE program which provided legal representation for Mexican nationals in Arizona. 

            Christina has been or is currently a member of Los Abogados, AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), Maricopa Bar Association and has held positions on State Bar committees regarding Arizona Family Law Rules. 

            Christina also volunteers her time as a Pro Tem/Commissioner Pro Tem (paid position) with the Maricopa County Superior Court in their family law division. Christina volunteers for at least one family court ADR settlement conference per month on a regular basis.

            Christina acted as the Immigration Director/Attorney at Friendly House INC from 2008 until 2012, representing the local immigrant community with an emphasis on professionalism and passion. 

            Christina obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame Du Lac in Government and International Studies, with a minor in Latin American Studies in 1998. Christina held many prestigious positions within student leadership in her time at Notre Dame including being in the executive leadership of the Latino organization “La Raza.” During her time at Notre Dame, Christina volunteered her time at a local non-profit agency called the “Casa De Amistad”, “Latino Vote USA” program and the St Joseph’s Hospital program (translating for migrant farm-worker women during childbirth). Christina organized several national Latino leadership conferences, social and cultural events, and aided in organizing and attending protests against IRAIRA in 1996. 

            Christina obtained her law degree (JD) from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers School of Law in 2000 and became a licensed attorney with State Bar of Arizona in 2001. While at law school, Christina was an elected leader of the Latino Student Law Organization “La Alianza” and attended and/organized events and conferences for said group. Christina also volunteered her time at the Florence and Eloy Immigrant Project in Eloy Arizona while in the last year of law school. Christina also volunteered her time to direct a Latino Vote survey for a local non-profit “School to Work.” Christina concentrated her studies at law school in the immigration law area and was a member of the Immigration Law Clinic which represented undocumented aliens in removal and deportation proceedings before the EOIR. 

            In 2009, Christina obtained her GLOBAL MBA FOR LATIN AMERICAN MANAGERS from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Christina obtained said agree abroad by traveling every other weekend to Guadalajara Mexico to obtain instruction and to interact with her fellow global managers. Christina feels that her MBA degree aides her in litigating divorce actions which require business savvy and understanding when dividing businesses and/or other complicated assets.

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