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. 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, and she joined Monterrey Law Firm as managing partner in 2010.
Mrs. Monterrey has been featured in EI Latino’s Quien es Quien (Who’s Who), which highlights community leaders who play a pivotal role in Arkansas’ Latino community. She was selected as one of Soirée Magazine’s Women to Watch, and she has been featured in several publications for her accomplishments as an attorney.She has been featured in Arkansas Business‘ 20 in their 20s, which recognizes youn business leaders who have made their mark on Arkansas before reaching their 30th birthday, and she is now the recipient of La Esperanza Award by LULAC 750. For several years, Mrs. Monterrey and her law firm have won EI Latino’s Best of the Best award, as voted by the readers of EI Latino newpaper. 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.