Michael A. Christ

Michael A. Christ

Of Counsel
Location:
New London, Connecticut
Phone:
860-680-1299
Fax:
860-442-0495
Email:
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Michael A. Christ serves as of counsel at Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law. He is principally engaged in government relations consulting, previously as Principal of his own firm, M. Christ Government Solutions, and currently as Partner with Jay B. Levin Government Relations Consulting.

Mr. Christ has served in numerous facets of government, including 14 years as a legislative leader in the Connecticut General Assembly, with four of those years as a Deputy Majority Leader. He has further experience as Legal Counsel to the Connecticut Speaker of the House. He also directed the legislative efforts of the Connecticut Office of the Governor under Dannel P. Malloy.

Most recently, Mr. Christ served as Vice President of Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group for the New England region. In this position, Mr. Christ assisted in the development of legislative and administrative strategies and coordinated corporate responses to pressing government issues. He witnessed firsthand the development in the ever-evolving world of health care, with the complexities of the Affordable Care Act and the struggle of working class, to make health care more affordable.

While serving as Legal Counsel for Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Mr. Christ was a key leader who worked to develop and market legislative proposals to the General Assembly. He was instrumental in one of the Governor's signature achievements in bringing Jackson Laboratories Genomic Medicine Institute to Connecticut. Additionally, Mr. Christ worked to negotiate the Governor's bi-partisan Jobs & Economic Development legislation, among many other legislative priorities. He served as an effective liaison between the Governor and legislative leaders, coordinated annual budget proposals, and shepherded the Governor's appointed State Agency Commissioners through approval processes. In this role, Mr. Christ also provided legal analysis on all legislative proposals filed by the Connecticut State Legislature.

Mr. Christ served in the U.S. Air National Guard in Massachusetts from 1980 to 1984. He then completed a Bachelor of Arts at Central Connecticut State University, and later received a Juris Doctor from Western New England School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in Connecticut in 2002, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Mr. Christ was very active in his local community, previously serving on the Board of Education, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and in democratic politics. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is a volunteer for the State of Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, Services for the Blind. Mr. Christ currently resides in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his family.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2018

Areas of Practice

  • Government Relations Consulting

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2002

Education

  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - May, 2002
  • Central Connecticut College, New Britain, Connecticut
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1987
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • United Health Group, Vice President of Public Affairs
  • State Representative 11th Assembly District, Deputy Majority Leader, 1994 - 2009
  • Board of Education, Town of East Hartford, Member, 1985 - 1989
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of East Hartford, CT, Member, 1988 - 1989
  • Airman First Class – Massachusetts Air National Guard, 1980 - 1984

Pro Bono Activities

  • Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Board of Directors
  • State of Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, Services for the Blind, Volunteer