As a Senior Associate at Tully Rinckey, PLLC, Christine is part of the Family and Matrimonial Law group, where she focuses on divorce and child custody cases. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in family and matrimonial matters, working as both a private practitioner and public defender. She is also a member of the Tully Rinckey Trust and Estates group, representing persons with a wide variety of estate planning and directives.
Before joining Tully Rinckey, Christine spent 10 years as a Court Attorney and Referee to the Hon. Patricia Gallaher, acting state Supreme Court Justice and Family Court Judge in Monroe County. As part of this position, Christine assisted the court with custody, visitation rights, child support, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency and persons in need of supervision matters, neglect and abuse cases, termination of parental rights cases and other family court matters, including conferences with attorneys and parties, drafting decisions and legal research to assist the Court in making determinations. Additionally, she assisted in handling adult guardianship, medication and retention matters, and other matrimonial matters.
While acting as a court attorney, Christine also served as an arbitrator in small claims court, handling a wide variety of legal matters such as landlord/tenant cases, contractor cases, contract disputes and more. Additionally, she served as a court attorney in the Monroe County Domestic Violence Court, hearing and determining order of protection applications and continuing cases through resolution, and continued for many years as the Legal Advisor to the Judicial Officers serving in Domestic Violence Court, assisting staff with issues arising from jurisdiction, service and all related matters.
Prior to working with Judge Gallaher, Christine served as an Assistant Public Defender in Rochester in the Family Court and Appellate divisions, where she represented low-income parties in domestic relations and family court cases, and appellate matters. She also previously had a private practice, where she represented people in state and federal court in a variety of legal matters including bankruptcy, criminal cases, family law, divorce and matrimonial actions, civil litigation and agency cases in workers compensation, unemployment and New York State Department of Labor matters.
Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Nazareth College and her juris doctorate from Syracuse University’s College of Law. She has represented clients before the United States Court for the Western Division of New York State.
Representative Matters: Successfully represented thousands of parties in all manner of family and domestic relations matters, including order of protection issues, child support matters and all cases related to family court issues.
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