Jennifer Fortunato

Jennifer Fortunato

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

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Jennifer Fortunato

Many people facing family law issues want an attorney who is both compassionate and aggressive, a critical combination that is hard to find – unless they engage with Jennifer Fortunato. Jennifer’s empathetic listening style and fact-based approach facilitates a trusting relationship with her clients, many of whom are experiencing 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 in between. Jennifer easily conveys this information in layman’s terms so that her clients, can determine the best course of action.

Jennifer is a certified matrimonial trial attorney fluent in every aspect of family law, including divorce, separation, domestic violence, child support and custody, palimony, adoption, same-sex marriage, civil unions and other domestic matters. She is well-versed in the complex area of children’s legal issues and is adept at providing sensitive caring counsel. Jennifer prides herself on the fact that over the course of her career, she shows up for every court appearance totally prepared and confident. Her entire career has been devoted exclusively to family law and she extends her involvement beyond the courtroom. Jennifer teaches young adults about the law and provides volunteer counsel to children with special needs. Currently, Jennifer is serving on the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee. She is also currently serving a four-year term on the District Ethics Committee,a position she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2016.

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.,1992
  • Boston University, B.S., cum laude, 1989

Honors & Accolades

  • Certified Trial Matrimonial Lawyer, 2002 – present
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2006
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer-Review Rating™ 2017, 2018

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Ethics Committee, District XA since 2016
  •      Member, New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee since 2017
  •      Member, New Jersey State Bar Association since 1992
  •      Member, Morris County Bar Association since 1997
  •      Blue Ribbon Panelist, Morris County  since 2000
  •      Early Settlement Panelist, Morris County since 1997
  •      Member, Passaic County Bar Association 1992-1997
  •      Member, Somerset County Inns of Court, 1998
  •      Member, Passaic County Inns of Court, 1996
  •      Member, Passaic County Bar Association, 1993 – 1998

Community Involvement

  •      Appellate Division Judge for Mock Court at Seton Hall Law School, 1998
  •      Kinnelon Special Education Advisory Counsel, 2010 – 2011
  •      Coach, Kinnelon High School, New Jersey Bar Foundation’s statewide high school mock trial competition, 2015 – 2017

Experience

  • Reported Decisions
    •  Italiano v. Rudkin, 294 N.J. Super. 502 (App. Div. 1996) dealing with a modification of child support based upon a showing of changed circumstances namely, an increase in the non-custodial parent’s income, the children’s maturation and an increase in the cost of living since the original child support Order.
  • Seminars/Presentations
    • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Speaker
    • Relocating With Children – an Emerging Phenomena in the 21st Century and Marital Momentum: Taking the Good With The Bad