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Christen D. Santiago

Christen’s practice focuses on business litigation, labor and employment and insurance defense. She handles matters including premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, commercial disputes, employment discrimination defense, medical malpractice defense and professional liability defense. Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, Christen practiced as inhouse counsel for two Fortune 100 insurance companies.  She most recently secured a defense verdict in a motor vehicle accident with a mid six-figure pre-trial demand and regularly settles cases through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Christen is an active participant in the New York State Bar Association and remains a member of the Florida Bar Association and the California Bar Association.

Christen lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Milton, and her children, Madi and Benn.  She enjoys travelling, skiing and spending time with her family and friends.

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Professional and Community Activities


  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, Onondaga Bar Association
  • Member, Central New York Women’s Bar Association


  • Executive Board Member, Women in eDiscovery, Los Angeles Chapter
  • Board Member, Thomas Edison Educational Foundation
  • Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles


  • Bachelor of Science, Canisius College
  • Master of Business Administration, Canisius College
  • Juris Doctor, Brooklyn Law School


  • New York State Bar
  • Florida State Bar (currently inactive)
  • California State Bar (currently inactive)


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