Jennifer Fortunato

Jennifer Fortunato

Phone: (973) 586-4941
Fax: (973) 627-2858

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Jennifer Fortunato

While many people facing a family law issue want an attorney who is both compassionate and aggressive, few easily find this critical combination, unless they engage with Jennifer Fortunato.  Ms. Fortunato’s empathetic listening style and fact-based approach builds a trusting relationship with her clients, many of whom are going through one of the most upsetting and complicated times in their lives. Practical and direct, she helps her clients understand the best and worst case scenarios and all possibilities . She explains this information in such a way that those not versed in the law can understand and, with her support and experience, determine the best course of action.

Ms. Fortunato is a Certified Matrimonial Trial Attorney fluent in virtually every aspect of Family Law, whether divorce, separation; domestic violence; child support and custody; palimony; adoption; same-sex marriage and civil unions or other domestic matters. She is well-versed in children’s legal issues and sensitively provides counsel in this complex area. She prides herself on the fact that over the course of her career there has not been a day when she has walked into a courtroom feeling anything less than totally prepared and confident. She has dedicated her career exclusively to family law and her involvement extends beyond the courtroom.  Ms. Fortunato also teaches young adults about the law and provides counsel in the community related to children with special needs.

Ms. Fortunato is currently serving a four-year term on the District Ethics Committee to which she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2016, and on the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee (2017-2018).

Practice Areas

Year Joined Organization

  • 1997

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1993
  • New York, 1994


  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, B.S., 1989 cum laude
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina, J.D. 1992


  • Certified Trial Matrimonial Lawyer since 2002

Published Works

Published Cases

  • Italiano v. Rudkin, 294 N.J. Super. 502 (App. Div. 1996)

Speaking Engagements

  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Custody A Removal Update: The Impact On Baures v. Lewis
  • Appellate Division Judge for Mock Court at Seton Hall Law School, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Passaic County Bar Association 1993- 1998
  • Somerset County Inns of Court, 1998
  • Passaic County Inns of Court, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers in the New Jersey 2006 Edition in the area of Family Law, as a Rising Star and Top Young Lawyer
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer-Review Rating™

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Bernard Rudd, Essex County, Superior Court, Family Law
  • Sabbath, Struble, Ragno, Petrie, Oroho & Spinato

Pro-Bono/Volunteer Activities

  • Ethics Committee, District XA (four-year term)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee (2017-2018)
  • Blue Ribbon Panelist, Morris County
  • Early Settlement Panelist, Morris County
  • Coach, Kinnelon High School, New Jersey Bar Foundation’s statewide high school mock trial competition
  • Kinnelon Special Education Advisory Counsel (2010-2011)