Steve Malito is the Chair of DHC’s New York State Government Relations group which focuses on all aspects of government relations on the New York State level. The group represents a broad array of clients ranging from Fortune 500 technology companies and the film industry to not-for-profits, including universities, social services agencies, statewide trade associations, as well as clients in the banking, insurance and transportation industries.
Under Mr. Malito’s leadership, the group has been instrumental in the passage of a number of significant state laws that have benefited the firm’s clients. He has regularly navigated the New York State Budget process for the firm’s clients. For over 20 years, Mr. Malito has represented clients before the Governor’s Office, administrative agencies, the Senate and the Assembly in Albany.
Mr. Malito is also the Chair of the DHC’s Cannabis Department. In that role, he advises clients on a range of issues affecting the cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of Cannabis. He provides counsel to businesses seeking licenses to operate within the industry, as well as clients seeking to do business with the cannabis industry, with a focus on regulatory compliance and the government relations that surround this emerging industry in New York.
Mr. Malito is a member of the Long Island Chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters. He has been a Mineola Lion for more than 15 years. He was also a founding member of Long-Island based networking group Network Long Island (NLI).
A former Assistant District Attorney in Queens County under Honorable Richard A. Brown, Mr. Malito began his legal career as a felony trial attorney. Mr. Malito graduated from the University of Albany and magna cum laude from Touro Law Center where he served as a research editor for the law review.