About Cris

Cris began her career by clerking with the late Honorable Robert J. Kelleher in the United States Court for the Central District of California in 1994.  Judge Kelleher influenced her with his integrity, class, and his love of both the law and good lawyering. Cris represented Judge Kelleher as his own personal lawyer until his passing in 2011.  A great teacher, he taught her to command a courtroom, never back down, and to be prepared.


Cris founded the Armenta Law Firm in 2005.  The firm will close its doors in the summer of 2022.


“I want to inspire people.  I want someone to look at me                     and say “Because of you I didn’t give up.”

Top 100 women lawyers in California – Daily Journal 2015