Christine MalafiSenior Partner
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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 (including sexual harassment prevention policies and training), 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 became Suffolk County Attorney, serving as the chief legal officer of the County for eight years. In that role, Christine supervised a team of over 65 attorneys and 50 support staff, and managed a budget of $15 million.  The first woman and youngest person ever to serve in 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.

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.

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

New York
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, American Red Cross on Long Island
Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County
Board of Directors,  Family Service League
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

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Best Lawyers in America (2018, 2017)
Leadership in Law Award, Long Island Business News (2017)
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 (2016, 2015)
Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award,  Long Island Business News (2014, 2009)
“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 (2014)
Paul S. Miller “With Liberty & Justice for All” Award, Touro Law Center (2010)
Public Service Award, Touro Law Center Alumni Association (2009)
EAC Network Marcie Mazzolla Children’s Advocate of the Year Award to the County Attorney’s Office (2008)
40 Rising Stars Under 40 Award,  Long Island Business News (2006)
“Women Change America” tribute, Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association (2005)