Top 50 Women Awardees 2014
Launched in 2000, the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business program has recognized the Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. The program’s honorees are selected by a judging committee and receive a unique crystal memento at the elegant dinner attended by more than 600 of the Island’s top business leaders, and represent the most influential women in business, government and the not-for-profit fields. Third-time recipients of the Top 50 Award are retired to The Hall of Fame and their crystal award reflects this prestigious honor.
Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP
Christine Malafi is a partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick where she is a member of the executive management team in addition to the corporate, litigation and municipal law groups. She was formerly senior corporate counsel to Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., where she handled corporate governance, acquisitions, routine and complex transactions, employment issues and other business matters, both nationally and internationally. In January 2004, Malafi was the first woman and youngest person ever to be appointed Suffolk County attorney. During her eight-year tenure, she was the chief legal officer of the county, supervising a legal team of more than 65 attorneys in the Suffolk County department of law.
Prior to her appointment, Malafi was a partner with Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles & Kaufman, LLP. Malafi has taught both undergraduate and law school classes on litigation, legal research and writing at LIU Post and the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She has lectured extensively on municipal issues, insurance coverage issues and claim handling. She was appointed to the New York State pro bono scholars task force and served as a speaker and member of the state task force to expand access to legal services in New York. This year, Malafi was recognized by the Suffolk County Historical Society as the “Women in the Law: Historic Firsts in Suffolk County” honoree. She has been honored by Touro Law Center with the Paul S. Miller “With Liberty and Justice for All” award and the Alumni Association Public Service Award. She is also a past recipient of the EAC Network/Marcie Mazzola Foundation Children’s Advocate of the Year Award. She is a member of the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations, and was arbitrator of the Suffolk County District Court, Small Claims Part, from 1995 to 2000. Malafi received a Bachelor of Arts from Dowling College and a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Touro Law Center, where she served as the managing editor of the Touro Law Review. She is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Connecticut, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.