Suffolk County Department of Law
County Attorney - Christine Malafi
Chief Deputy County Attorney - Lynne A. Bizzarro
Deputy County Attorney - Gail M. Lolis
The County Attorney is charged with handling all legal business of the Suffolk County government and its agencies.
The County Attorney provides legal representation and advice on matters related to the actions and deliberations of all personnel and organizations within Suffolk County government. The County Attorney is responsible for prosecuting and defending all civil actions and proceedings brought by or against the County, the County Legislature, and any officer whose compensation is paid for from County funds for an official act.
- Administration - 631.853.4049
- General Litigation - 631.853.5688
- Brian Callahan, Bureau Chief
- Municipal Law - 631.853.5130
- Dennis M. Brown, Bureau Chief
- Real Estate/Condemnation - 631.853.4035
- Michael A. Amoroso, Bureau Chief
- Social Services/Family
Court - 631.853.5761
- John E. Holownia, Bureau Chief
- Torts Litigation - 631.853.4055
- Susan A. Flynn, Bureau Chief
- Division of Human Rights - 631.853.5480
- Paulette M. Bartunek, Director
- Ethics - 631.853.8087
- Hon. Alfred M. Lama (ret.), Director of Suffolk County Ethics
Commonly Asked Questions of the County Attorney:
Q: Can the County Attorney or the Suffolk County Department of Law represent or give advice to residents of the County in legal matters or disputes?
A: No, by law the County Attorney is the legal advisor to the County. While it is the job of the Legislature and the County Executive's Office to serve the residents of Suffolk County, the County Attorney's job is to give legal advice to those elected officials, as well as County Departments, agencies, and commissions on governmental matters. The County Attorney cannot offer you personal legal counsel.
Q: How can I find a lawyer to represent me?
A: The New York State Unified Court System offers a directory of lawyers in your area at www.lapps.courts.state.ny.us or you can contact the Suffolk County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service at 631.234.5577.
Frequently asked questions that the County Attorney's Office is ethically PROHIBITED from answering:
Q: How do I file a claim against Suffolk County?
Q: Where and how do I serve court papers on Suffolk County?
Q: Can you give me legal advice?
Q: Can you recommend an Attorney?