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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Attorney Michael E. Malamut to the Housing Court
Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office
BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Attorney Michael E. Malamut of Dedham to the position of Associate Justice of the Housing Court, Eastern Division. Attorney Malamut has 33 years of legal experience that includes a wide variety of litigation and appellate work with a significant focus on affordable housing and landlord/tenant law.
“Attorney Malamut has had a distinguished career beginning with his strong academic record and continuing through his professional practice,” said Governor Charlie Baker.“With expertise in housing and administrative law, I am pleased to nominate Attorney Malamut and submit his name to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“We are confident that Attorney Malamut will decide cases in a deliberative and wise manner that will be well received by all the parties and lawyers who appear before him,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed, I am confident he will serve the people of the Commonwealth with distinction.”
The Housing Court oversees civil and criminal actions that involve the health, safety, or welfare of homeowners or those who live in residential housing. The courts hear eviction cases, small claims cases, civil action suits, and other cases related to residential housing. Led by Chief Justice Timothy F. Sullivan, the Housing Court has 15 statutory judges that sit across the Court’s five divisions which include the Central, Eastern, Northeast, Southeast and Western Divisions. The Housing Court was granted statewide jurisdiction in 2017.
For more information about the Housing Court, please visit their homepage.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April 2015.
About Michael E. Malamut:
Attorney Michael E. Malamut began his legal career as a Law Clerk for The Honorable Maryanne Barry in the District of New Jersey in 1985. In 1986, Malamut became a Litigation Associate at the firm Foley, Hoag & Eliot in Boston, assisting in the prosecution of a multimillion dollar construction law trial. He became an Associate at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart/McDermott & Rizzo in 1988 where he drafted jury instructions, motions and evidentiary memoranda in multimillion dollar personal injury cases and conducted research on contracts and business law. In his private practice in 1991, Malamut wrote the post-hearing brief after a 20 day administrative hearing in a multimillion dollar labor-related unemployment claim for striking telephone workers. From 1992-1998, Malamut served as Assistant General Counsel at the Boston Housing Authority where he provided legal advice for four public housing developments covering 2,700 units. He initiated and prosecuted at trial and appellate levels, national groundbreaking litigation enforcing federal legislation that allowed households harboring civil rights violators to be removed from public housing. Malamut also served as labor and employment attorney for the Housing Authority, addressing civil rights, employment discrimination, civil service and union grievances. From 1998-2008 he served as counsel at New England Legal Foundation, where he became Deputy General Counsel, drafting briefs for a non-profit public interest law firm on matters relating to land use, employment and administrative law in state and federal appellate courts throughout New England and in the United States Supreme Court. Malamut served as a Senior Attorney at Kopelman & Paige, PC from 2008-2009 where he advised cities on land use, employment and municipal law. Since 2009, Attorney Malamut has been Counsel to the Department of Housing & Community Development, including serving as Principal Counsel to the Division of Housing Stabilization (2009-2014), Senior Counsel to the Division of Housing Stabilization and Administrator of the Affordable Housing Preservation Program (2014-2017). In those roles, Malamut has regularly litigated cases in Housing and Superior courts throughout the Commonwealth on behalf of the Emergency Assistance program. Attorney Malamut earned his AB in 1982 from Princeton University and his JD from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1985. Outside his practice, Malamut serves as the Section Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Homelessness & Poverty and as Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Working Group on Revision of Chapter 180, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Corporation Law. He has also served as Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Nonprofit Organizations, Adjunct Professor at Suffolk Law School and a member of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Editorial Board. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Town of Dedham’s Commission of Trust Funds.