Christopher Cellante earned his B.A. in Economics/Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2015. Mr. Cellante was admitted to practice law in New York State that same year.
Prior to joining Rella & Associates, P.C., Mr. Cellante worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department in the Manhattan Borough Unit, where he defended the City of New York and its agencies, including the New York City Police Department and New York City Fire Department, in civil litigation. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel, Mr. Cellante managed a diverse caseload of personal injury matters and zealously defended the City in pre-trial proceedings, arbitrations, and at trial. Mr. Cellante was a recipient of the agency’s Division Chief Award for the number of dismissals he obtained on behalf of the City.
While at Notre Dame Law School, Mr. Cellante served as an editor to the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law and worked as a mediator in the Notre Dame Mediation Clinic, where he successfully facilitated the amicable resolution of family law disputes. Demonstrating his natural interest in law as well as business, Mr. Cellante was awarded 1st Place Prize in the Business School Category of the Arthur W. Page Society Case Study Competition for his submission, “Barneys Shop and Frisk” which was chosen among entries by business students from universities around the country.
In his spare time, Mr. Cellante enjoys deep-sea fishing, biking, and other fitness related activities. He was born and raised in Sleepy Hollow, New York.