Christine Malafi chairs the Corporate and Labor & Employment Departments at CMM, which was recently recognized by Forbes as a Top Trusted Corporate Law Firm in America. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, routine and complex transactions, drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements, and helping businesses navigate all types of human resources matters, as well as municipal, insurance coverage, and fraud issues. She routinely represents buyers and sellers in multimillion-dollar transactions and serves in a general counsel role for many of the firm’s corporate clients.
Christine plays a critical role on CMM’s Coronavirus Response Team, answering a myriad of questions from the business community about various aspects of businesses’ handling of COVID-19 issues, including liability issues, program creation, and human resources issues impacting their companies’ survival. Based on her strong labor and employment background, clients turn to Christine both for answers to their most important employment concerns and for solutions to move forward. Her practice includes advising clients on day-to-day business and employment issues including contract issues, payment of wages, overtime, paid and unpaid leave requirements, benefit requirements, hiring, and termination; drafting customized policies, procedures, employee handbooks, and training programs, including sexual harassment prevention; and conducting internal investigations in connection with discrimination, compensation, overtime, and other employment issues. She defends employers in investigations by regulatory and government agencies including the New York State Department of Labor (NYDOL), the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the New York State Division of Human Rights.
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 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, 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 streamlining processes, obtaining jury verdicts in favor of the County, making fewer settlements, enforcing anti-discrimination laws, and protecting children from harm.
Christine has the unique perspective of being a corporate lawyer who spent the first half of her career as a litigator. 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.
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 and has lectured extensively on labor and employment, municipal, and insurance coverage issues, as well as claim handling and defense.
Dowling College, B.A.
Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
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 and Vice-Chair of Governance and Nominating, Family Service League
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
Super Lawyers (2019)
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Best Lawyers in America (2017-2020)
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)