Cristina M. Salvato



J.D., University of California, Irvine School of Law – 2013
B.A., Brown University – 2006



Ms. Salvato focuses her practice on media, intellectual property, privacy, and advertising law. As an associate at Mandell Menkes, Ms. Salvato is involved in defamation defense, trademark, copyright, data privacy, and FOIA litigation. She also reviews contest/sweepstakes rules, and researches and drafts memoranda for client counseling on right of publicity, and copyright, and trademark, and advertising issues.


Before joining Mandell Menkes, Ms. Salvato was a law clerk at Tribune Media Company, where she gained experience counseling broadcasters on media, intellectual property, and FCC regulatory issues, vetting promotions and contest/sweepstakes rules, drafting talent, sponsorship, and licensing agreements, and preparing responses to defamation, privacy, IP infringement, and FCC regulatory claims against the company.


A member of UCI Law’s second graduating class, Ms. Salvato was a Senior Editor and Lead Article Editor of the UC Irvine Law Review and a research assistant to constitutional law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky. She also participated in a law school clinic where she litigated a FOIA case on behalf of a civil rights group. While in law school, Ms. Salvato won best brief and was a finalist in the ABA Forum on Communications Law First Amendment & Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition and worked part time as a law clerk in the Claims Litigation group at Southern California Edison. She also externed for U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna and Bankruptcy Judge Scott C. Clarkson in the Central District of California and later volunteered for Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox in the Northern District of Illinois.


Ms. Salvato majored in English and Public Policy at Brown University. After graduating, she worked as associate staff writer for the National Journal’s Hotline in Washington, D.C., where she wrote daily news briefings on campaigns and elections. She also spent two years teaching English in public schools in southern Japan.


Ms. Salvato is a member of the ABA Forum on Communications Law and the Media Law Resource Center, and has contributed to the Women in Communications Law and MLRC newsletters. From 2014 to 2016, she served as Co-Chair of the Creative Arts Committee at the Chicago Bar Association, where she organized speakers and planed topics for monthly CLE meetings. She currently provides volunteer legal services to artists in need through the Lawyers for the Creative Arts and to college and high school journalists through the Student Press Law Center.


Ms. Salvato is admitted to practice in Illinois and California.


Media Publications & Presentations:

  • Speaker, Chicago Self-Publishing Group, “Legal Issues for Authors,” April 2017
  • Editor, American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, “Recent Developments In Media, Privacy, Defamation, and Advertising Law”
  • Speaker, Student Press Law Center Active Voice Fellowship Training, August 2016
  • Co-author, Media Law Resource Center’s 50-State Survey of Media Privacy and Related Law 2016-17 (Illinois Chapter)