Michael K. Fortunato is an Associate in the Firm's Newark, NJ office and is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Corporate Political Activity, Election Law & Litigation and other Practice Groups as well as the Alcohol, Food & Beverages Industry Group.
Mr. Fortunato represents clients in a wide range of general and complex business disputes and has experience in all phases of state and federal commercial litigation. He represents private and public sector policyholders in insurance claims under property and liability policies, including initial claim investigation, adjustment process and subsequent litigation.
He has experience advising business entities regarding the ramifications of political contributions upon future state and local public contracts as well as advice for political campaigns related to state and federal campaign finance rules.
Mr. Fortunato frequently works with hospitality clients, including bars and restaurants, to ensure compliance with state liquor licensing laws and advises municipalities as to the issuance and award of licenses.
Mr. Fortunato received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University. During law school, he served as a law clerk at Genova Burns and as an intern in the Counsel’s Office of the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.
- Represented commercial and municipal policyholders in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, securing numerous multi-million dollar settlements for property damage and business interruption claims.
- Represented a municipality in an OPRA matter against a newspaper seeking information pertaining to the criminal history of juveniles.
- Part of the litigation team that secured swift dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to block a bond issuance for a public project by way of emergent application to the Appellate Division.
- Listed as a Rising Star by the publishers of New Jersey Monthly and Super Lawyers®, 2019
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