Proven Experience.  Proven Justice.
Dedication to Resolving Cases.  Respect of His Peers.

Present Position

  • Monroe County Court Judge since 1/1/2014; Acting Supreme Court Justice since 4/1/2016; Current Acting Surrogate Court Judge



  • Colgate University, B.A. 1980

  • Albany Law School, J.D. 1985



  • New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 1986

  • United States District Court, Western District of New York, 1986

Work Experience

  • McQuaid Jesuit High School, 1981-1982

          Taught 11th grade American History

  • New York State Assembly House Operations Committee 1982-1984
    Staff member for the Assembly campaign organization. Worked on
    several special assembly elections across the State.

  • New York State Attorney-General, 1984-1985
    Paralegal in civil litigation bureau     

  • Monroe County Public Defender, 1985-1986
    Assistant public defender for city, town and village courts

  • Bernstein and Bernstein, 30 W. Broad St., Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14614
    Associate attorney, 1986-1990. Handled all aspects of civil and criminal litigation practice.

  • Law Office of Christopher S. Ciaccio
    30 W. Broad St., Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14614

  • Sole practitioner, 1990 – 2013
    General practice of law with concentration in criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts. Also I represented clients in a variety of other matters, including commercial, environmental, sex, race and age-related discrimination, and trusts and estates.


 Monroe County Court Judge

  • Elected in 2013, took office on January 1, 2014. Duties include felony dispositions, including hearings and trials; Sex Offender Registration hearings; pistol permit applications and suspensions; violations of probation; commercial landlord/tenant matters; civil and criminal appeals from the city, town and village courts.  Since taking the bench I have presided over 60 felony trials and hundreds of hearings. I take special pride and care with the writing of decisions, and to date more than twenty of my decisions have been accepted for publication by New York Official Reports.

Acting Supreme Court Judge

  • Named in April 2016. In addition to the above duties, I am assigned matters involving Article 81 proceedings, retention hearings, Article 10 applications and trials, uncontested matrimonial proceedings, tax foreclosure proceedings, and civil litigation matters including commercial landlord-tenant proceeding.


  • Monroe County Bar Association since 1986

  • Greater Rochester Association of Woman Attorneys, 2013-2016 

  • Big Brother/Big Sister, 1985-1986

  • Area Coordinator, Presidential Campaign of Albert Gore, Jr., 1988

  • Pittsford Democratic Committee, 1989 – 2013

  • American Heart Association, Board member, 1994-1996

  • Catholic Family Center, volunteer, 1992-2000

  • Pittsford Little League, supervisor of umpires, 2013 – 2017

  • Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, Trustee, 2001 - 2016

  • Saint Louis Roman Catholic Church, Social Justice Committee Chair, 1994-1996

  • Organizer, Monroe County Courts chapter of “U-Can,” a mentoring program designed to partner volunteer mentors with juveniles charged with crimes in the county, family, and city courts.



  • I have been married to my wife Regina since 1988.  We are blessed with five wonderful children, ages 14 through 27, and two beautiful grandchildren.








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