Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP is delighted to announce that Senior Partner and Corporate Department Chair Christine Malafi has been honored with a 2021 Leadership in Law Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior-level attorney who has honorably represented the legal profession by exemplifying performance, leadership, integrity, and mentorship throughout their career while bettering the legal profession overall.

An advocate for both her clients and her community, Malafi earned the Lifetime Achievement Award through her dedication to the legal profession and positive impact on Long Island. As CMM’s Corporate Chair, Malafi has led the CMM legal team in closing countless M&A deals worth billions of dollars. She has vast experience advising on both buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions in a variety of industries, including technology, manufacturing, education, healthcare, and professional services. Malafi is particularly adept at working closely and strategically with clients’ other professional advisors, including accountants, bankers, and M&A advisors, as well as forging those critical relationships for clients based on the deep network of relationships she has cultivated over years in the business.

Malafi’s practice also includes advising clients on business divorce matters and a wide variety of routine and complex corporate transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Malafi was senior corporate counsel to Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., where she handled a variety of national and international corporate and business matters, including business expansion and acquisitions. Prior to that, in 2004, she was appointed as the Suffolk County Attorney, serving as the chief legal officer of the County for eight years. In that role, Malafi 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, Malafi focused on streamlining processes, obtaining jury verdicts in favor of the County, making fewer settlements, enforcing anti-discrimination laws, and protecting children from harm.

Malafi has the unique perspective of being a corporate lawyer who spent the first half of her career as a litigator with extensive experience in municipal, insurance coverage, and fraud issues. She brings her deep understanding of litigation and the court system to all aspects of her corporate work and uses this experience to help protect clients from a variety of critical angles.

Malafi’s achievement will be featured in the November 19, 2021 special publication of Long Island Business News. Congratulations to all the honorees!