Cristina G. Cavalieri, JD, BSN

Reports to the President and CEO of Jefferson Health


  • Healthcare Reform and Innovation
  • Business Strategies and Disruptive Business Relationships
  • Corporate Governance
  • Alignment Relationships and Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Enterprise Risk
  • Crisis Management
  • Capital Finance Transactions

Ms. Cavalieri is the executive providing administrative oversight of legal, regulatory and risk departments, including compliance, internal audit, enterprise risk, conflicts of interest, clinical risk, professional liability matters and workers’ compensation for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. 

As Chief Legal Officer, Ms. Cavalieri is responsible for all legal and corporate issues and transactions and those matters implicating the legal, risk, corporate and governance realm.  She manages and directs negotiations, proceedings, litigation, contracting and business transactions, and assesses risks and recommends risk reduction strategies.  As Assistant Secretary, Ms. Cavalieri advises on all substantive governance issues, including advising on the appropriate exercise of fiduciary duties. 

Before Ms. Cavalieri joined Jefferson, she was a practicing attorney for over 25 years.  Her areas of specialization included M&A, capital finance, securities, governance and governmental relations with emphasis in the healthcare and academic business sectors.  Ms. Cavalieri was a partner and management executive at the law firm of Pelino & Lentz, P.C., which is now merged into Archer & Greiner, P.C.   At Pelino & Lentz, P.C., Ms. Cavalieri developed and managed the firm’s interdisciplinary health care department, and served as its healthcare and governance specialist.  She also served as a member of its executive committee and co-chair of the firm’s compensation committee.  While at Pelino & Lentz, Ms. Cavalieri was appointed outside general counsel to a large multi-faceted quasi-governmental agency and served in that role from 1995 to 2005.

Ms. Cavalieri received her Juris Doctorate from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. She was a practicing nurse and held clinical and administrative positions while attending law school.  She received her B.S.N. from the College of New Jersey.

Ms. Cavalieri has been recognized as a thought and community leader and is the recipient of The Judge Lisa A. Richette Outstanding Woman in Law Award from the Justinian Society and was recognized by Pennsylvania’s Diversity Council as one of Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful & Influential Women.

Active in the legal and business community, Ms. Cavalieri is a member of various bar and legal organizations and community boards.  She serves on the Board of the Committee of Seventy (also served as its Vice Chair); the Board of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation; and is a Commissioner of the State Transportation Committee of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the governing board of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.