A multi-faceted woman, Cristina Perez is a successful lawyer, Emmy Award winning television personality, radio host, entrepreneur/business owner, national author and columnist, devoted mother and wife. The daughter of Colombian immigrants, Cristina was born in New York. Growing up, she lived in many areas ranging from one of the poorest neighborhoods of New York City, to the big city of Guadalajara, Mexico, to the border town of San Ysidro, California to Hartford, Connecticut, and then back to California, which she has now called home for over twenty years.
In 2006, Cristina made her English-language television debut on Twentieth Television’s first-run syndicated and 2008 Emmy Award winning court show Cristina’s Court (Outstanding Legal/Court Show). Cristina's Court won the first ever Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Court Show. In its debut year, Cristina’s Court became the second highest-rated new show in U.S. syndication. Cristina’s Court airs on the FOX Network, FOX’s MyNetworkTV and its affiliate stations. The show’s Emmy win was the first ever for a FOX daytime show.
Cristina brings to her show a fresh way of connecting with people. Cristina is the ultimate crossover host, who while being a hip, professional, multicultural woman, always seeks to introduce traditional values into the lives of people young and old. Consequently, she appeals to young and old audiences everywhere.
Cristina is also known as the enormously popular host of the Spanish language television program La Corte de Familia (Family Court) which aired nationally and internationally in fifteen countries on the Telemundo Television Network/NBC (2000-2005). Cristina was the first female Judge-Host to air on a nationally syndicated Spanish network series. The program appealed to viewers of all ages. The show was the second highest rated daytime Spanish language program in the U.S.
Cristina made her television debut on the program La Corte Del Pueblo (People's Court), which aired locally in Los Angeles on KHWY Channel 22 (1999-2000). The successful show re-enacted general small claim matters and allowed, for the first time, cameras to enter the judicial arena and bring the drama of legal battles to the Spanish language viewer. Cristina utilized La Corte de Familia and La Corte del Pueblo as vehicles to raise consciousness in the Latino community. The success of each show lied on the fact that each celebrated the strength of culture and the importance of family. It also reminded viewers, of all ages and ethnicity, not to forfeit their culture and the great lessons learned from our ancestors to make it in the United States. It is reliance on these lessons which she believes are key ingredients to become successful in life.
Cristina believes that quality advice is one of the most valuable gifts any parent can give to their child. Cristina turns to her parent’s wisdom every day by reflecting on the “dichos” (proverbs) that were passed down to her. In her debut book, Living By Los Dichos (Simon & Schuster/Atria), Cristina shares those that have most powerfully influenced her life. Anyone who is looking for guidance – whether they are about to leave home for college or are about to get married – will find what they are looking for in this book. “Dichos” transcend age, race, and religion to provide just the right answer at just the right time. Cristina shows how proudly embracing your roots and staying true to your identity will guide you down the right track. Dichos have directed Cristina through her toughest challenges and led her to success.
Cristina frequently serves as a host and special guest for many television and radio shows. Cristina has served as a special host on TV Guide Network’s Hollywood 411, CNN’s Larry King and Showbiz Tonight, ExtraTV, Conexion Thalia (ABC Radio Networks), Afternoon Advice (Playboy Radio, Sirius Ch. 198) and served as a weekly Co-Host on Radio UNIVISION and W-RADIO 690 AM just to name a few. In addition, Cristina has served as a columnist for national magazines and Internet based publications and blogs.
According to a 2008 Syndicated Network Television Association survey, Cristina ranked as one of the most trustworthy and influential syndicated hosts on television, ranking second behind Oprah Winfrey among adults 18 to 34 years old. In 2007-2008, Cristina served as the Los Angeles County Bar Association Spokesperson for its Lawyer Referral and Information Service --a position formerly held only by The People’s Court Judge Wapner. In 2007, Cristina was named as one of “America’s Ten Most Inspirational Women” by Siempre Mujer magazine (special introduction by Hillary Clinton). In 2005, Cristina was selected as a California’s “Woman of the Year” for her community service and activities and was named one of “America’s Top 10 Latina Advocates” for making the world a better place for women and Latino’s rights, by the national magazine Latino Leaders.
Cristina received a Doctor degree from Whittier Law School and two Bachelors of Arts degrees from UCLA. She is the founding partner of Perez Gonzalez, A Professional Law Corporation. The law firm specializes in counseling clients in areas of corporate/business and civil law as well as professional immigration and nationality Law. She and her family reside in Los Angeles.