Christen E. Civiletto is an attorney with more than twenty-five years of experience in all phases of litigation and arbitration matters on both the state- and federal-court level. As a non-equity partner at national law firms in Atlanta, Georgia, she co-managed an innovative alternative dispute resolution program for a worldwide office supply corporation. She also handled complex commercial and intellectual property matters. She is currently counsel of record in multiple high-profile mass toxic tort cases pending in federal and state courts.
Ms. Civiletto is a member of the United States District Court’s federal mediator panel, and is a certified meditator and arbitrator. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the University at Buffalo Law School for more than seventeen years. She received the 2017 Ken Joyce Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ms. Civiletto is a summa cum laude graduate of SUNY Buffalo, where she received a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and communication. She earned her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.
She co-authored The Practice of Law School: Getting In and Making The Most of Your Legal Education (ALM, 2003). She authored Full Disclosure: The New Lawyer’s Must-Read Career Guide (ALM, 2001), a practical mentoring guide for first through fourth year lawyers, as well as recent works of fiction.
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