This is how Cris views her duty to clients. She is an active listener as clients describe their particular problems. She explains the options available under the law. And working with the client, she guides them to a resolution appropriate to their circumstance. With experience gathered over 40 years of practice, primarily in the field of estate planning and administration and elder law, Cris is often a lecturer for the NYS Bar Association. She is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and served on the Attorney Grievance Committee of the Appellate Division, Third Department, from 2013 to 2019.
Educated at Middlebury College and Albany Law School, Cris is a past President of the New York Bar Foundation, the charitable branch of the State Bar which makes grants to not-for-profit organizations furthering some aspect of the law in New York State. In addition, she is a Past President of the Schenectady County Bar Association.
Cris founded the law firm in 1995 with the goal of providing quality legal services in a family friendly environment. Cioffi • Slezak • Wildgrube P.C. currently has 8 attorneys and a total staff of 23. In 2019, Cris became of counsel to the firm.
Cris believes in volunteerism. She is a Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ellis Medicine and a Trustee Emeritus and founding member of the Foundation for Ellis Medicine. In addition, Cris is a former Schenectady County Legislator and has served on the Board of Directors of many Capital District NFP organizations. Cris has received a variety of professional and community awards over her career, most recently the Women of Excellence 2020 Excellence in the Professions title. This award is in recognition of her commitment to leading a woman-owned and operated firm while ensuring policies she’s most passionate about for women in the workplace: flexibility and a family-friendly environment. She also received the Kate Stoneman Award from Albany Law School, in recognition of her advancement of women in the profession.