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.

For more than 25 years Ms. Fortunato’s practice has been devoted exclusively to the field of family and matrimonial law. Ms. Fortunato is fluent in virtually every aspect of Family Law, whether divorce, separation; domestic violence; child support; custody; palimony; adoption; relocation cases; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; same-sex marriage and civil unions or other domestic matters. Ms. Fortunato has represented physicians, attorneys, high-level business executives, self-employed business owners and other professionals in divorce cases involving complex business valuations, financial forensic evaluations and complex analysis of executive compensations. Ms. Fortunato is also well-versed in children’s legal issues including, divorces where there are special needs children, 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 has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Matrimonial Trial Attorney, a Certification achieved by only 2% of the attorneys in New Jersey. She also received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell based on her exemplary work in the field of family and matrimonial law. Ms. Fortunato was given an “AV Peerminent®” rating from her peers, which is the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating designation. She has also been recognized by Super Lawyers® for her work in family and matrimonial law. She was named as a Super Lawyer® Rising Star in 2006.

Ms. Fortunato has been a contributor to various mediums such as, New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Family Lawyer, Divorce Magazine, MSM, NJ.com and NJ Money Help.com.

Ms. Fortunato is 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 to which she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2016. Ms. Fortunato also volunteers as an Early Settlement Panelist and a Blue Ribbon Panelist.

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 Family Law Section Sub-committee for Child Support/Probation Legislation
  •  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

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

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