Cristina S. Monterrey
Cristina S. Monterrey (“Crissy”) is the managing partner at Monterrey Law Firm PLLC. Mrs. Monterrey focuses on immigration, especially deportation defense, family-based applications and humanitarian applications. Her practice also includes real estate and business matters for individuals and small businesses.
Mrs. Monterrey graduated from Columbia University in New York with a B.A. in Political Science in 2003. Mrs. Monterrey received a full scholarship to University of Arkansas at Little Rock (“UALR”) Bowen School of Law and received her J.D. with Honors in 2006.
While in law school, Mrs. Monterrey served as President of the Hispanic Law Students Association and was instrumental in establishing a scholarship fund for Latino law students. She was also an extern for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Larry Vaught. She received the Robert Sarver Memorial Award, which is presented to one outstanding UALR graduate student each year. Upon graduating from law school, Mrs. Monterrey worked at Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard, where she practiced real estate, lending and immigration law. She joined Monterrey Law Firm as Managing Member in 2010.
In 2007 and 2010, Mrs. Monterrey was featured in El Latino’s Quien es Quien (Who’s Who), which highlights community leaders who play a pivotal role in Arkansas’ Latino community. She was selected by Soiree magazine as one of 30 Women to Watch in 2009, and she has been featured in several publications for her accomplishments as an attorney. In 2010, she was selected as a member of Arkansas Business’ 20 in their 20s, which recognizes young business leaders who have made their mark on Arkansas before reaching their 30th birthday. In 2013, she was awarded La Esperanza Award by LULAC 750. For several years, Mrs. Monterrey and her law firm have won El Latino’s Best of the Best award, as voted by the readers of El Latino newspaper. Mrs. Monterrey frequently speaks publicly and teaches continuing legal educations classes regarding immigration law.
Mrs. Monterrey is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Arkansas Bar Association. She is also the former President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and she served on Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott’s Transition Board of Directors.