Christine Malafi D’Amaro has been the Suffolk County Attorney since January 2004. As Suffolk County Attorney, Christine oversees the Suffolk County Department of Law, administers a budget of over $15,000,000, and oversees a staff of over 117 positions, of which 66 are lawyers.
Her duties as Suffolk County Attorney are to act as the attorney and counsel for the county, and she has charge of all the law business of the county and its agencies. She prosecutes and defends all civil actions and proceedings brought by or against the County and all of its elected officials, in areas as diverse as the civil rights law, contract law, civil service law, constitutional law, environmental law, employment law, public officers law, social services law, and torts claims. She provides legal opinions and gives legal advice to all elected officials and departments of the County, prepares all County contracts, leases, and agreements, and closes on all properties purchased by the County, including open space acquisitions. She also prosecutes petitions for Juvenile Delinquency, Child Abuse and Neglect, Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS), Termination of Parental Rights, and Review of Foster Care.
In October of 2008, the Suffolk County Department of Law received the 2008 Children’s Advocate of the Year Award from the Marcie Mazzola Foundation, presented by the Education & Assistance Corporation. The award recognizes the advocacy of Christine’s Family Court Bureau, protecting children every day from abuse and neglect at the hands of their parents/guardians and for aggressively prosecuting juveniles who commit crimes against other children.
Prior to 2004, she was a partner with Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles & Kaufman, LLP, a large defense firm in Melville, New York, where her practice focused on insurance coverage and contract analyses, appeals, insurance fraud issues, general liability, municipal work, and environmental defense work. Christine is rated BV by Martindale-Hubbell, a rating evincing high to very high legal ability, a reflection of exemplary professional expertise, experience, and stature, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
In February 2006, Christine was named one of Long Island Business News’ 40 Rising Stars under 40. She has presented numerous seminars to various County of Suffolk departments, insurance company personnel, bar associations, County departments, and groups on various topics such as Indemnification in the Public Sector, Discrimination Claims, Employment law, Wrongful Death, Investigative Practices, and Coverage Claims Handling.
Christine was admitted to practice in both New York and Connecticut in 1991, and she is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Malafi received her Juris Doctor in 1991 from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, magna cum laude. She served as the Managing Editor of the Touro Law Review. She was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Dowling College in 1988.
Christine and her husband, Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro, are the proud parents of two boys, Louis, age 7, and Alexander, age 4.