Christine MalafiPartner

cmalafi@cmmllp.com
(631) 738-9100 ext. 338

Christine Malafi chairs the firm’s Corporate department, one of the most robust teams in the New York region. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, routine and complex transactions, labor and employment issues, and other business matters, as well as municipal, insurance coverage, and fraud issues.  She routinely represents buyers and sellers in multimillion dollar transactions (from technology companies to manufacturers to healthcare businesses) and serves in a general counsel role for many of the firm’s internationally-based clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Christine was senior corporate counsel to Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., where she handled a variety of national and international corporate matters.  In 2004, Christine was appointed Suffolk County Attorney, serving as the chief legal officer of the County for eight years and supervising a team of over 65 attorneys.  The first woman and youngest person ever appointed to the position, Christine focused on obtaining jury verdicts in favor of the County, making fewer settlements, enforcing anti-discrimination laws, and protecting children from harm.  Prior to that role, Christine was a partner at a large Long Island insurance defense firm.

Christine has taught both undergraduate and law school classes on litigation, legal research, and writing at Long Island University, C.W. Post, and Touro Law Center. She has also lectured extensively on municipal issues, insurance coverage issues, and claim handling.

Education
Dowling College, B.A.
Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D., Magna Cum Laude

Admissions
New York
Connecticut
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

Boards, Associations, and Leadership
Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County
Board of Governors, Touro Law School
Board of Directors, Natasha’s Justice Project
Member, New York State Pro Bono Scholars Task Force (appointed by then-Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti)
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, Suffolk County Bar Association
Past Member, New York State Task Force to Expand Access to Legal Services
Past Member, New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law
Past Arbitrator, Suffolk County District Court, Small Claims Part

Recognitions
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
2016 – Butterfly Awards honoree, Girls Inc. of Long Island
2016 – Top Outstanding Women in Law, Hofstra University School of Law’s Center for Children, Families and the Law
2016 – Who’s Who in Intellectual Property & Labor Law, Long Island Business News
2015 – Who’s Who in Intellectual Property & Labor Law, Long Island Business News
2014 – Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award, Long Island Business News
2014 – “Women in the Law: Historic Firsts in Suffolk County” honoree, Suffolk County Historical Society
2014 – Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services, Long Island Business News
2010 – Paul S. Miller “With Liberty & Justice for All” Award, Touro Law Center
2009 – Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award, Long Island Business News
2009 – Public Service Award, Touro Law Center Alumni Association
2008 – EAC Marcie Mazzolla Children’s Advocate of the Year Award to the County Attorney’s Office
2006 – 40 Rising Stars Under 40 Award, Long Island Business News
2005 – “Women Change America” tribute, Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association