Gina M. Fortunato graduated from Rutgers University in 1989 and obtained her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1993. In law school, she was a member of the Hofstra Law Review and interned for the Honorable George C. Pratt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is admitted to practice law in New York State courts and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Before joining Sokoloff Stern, Ms. Fortunato was Senior Counsel at the New York City Law Department, where she defended the City against multimillion-dollar tort lawsuits involving catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death, and large-scale property damage, saving the City in excess of $100 million dollars. Ms. Fortunato’s successes included the defense of cases involving steam pipe explosions, water and gas main breaks, fallen trees, negligent driving and roadway design, reckless operation of emergency vehicles, medical malpractice, negligent supervision in schools, child abuse (including sexual abuse under the Child Victim Act), and police excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution.
Prior to working for New York City, Ms. Fortunato was in private practice for 22 years, handling civil lawsuits involving personal injuries, commercial disputes, fraud, defamation, civil racketeering, unfair competition claims, and Human Rights Law violations. She also represented major insurance companies in actions involving breaches of insurance contracts, declaratory judgment, and subrogation, she defended high stakes property damage cases, and conducted insurance fraud investigations.
In addition to being a seasoned litigator with appellate experience, Ms. Fortunato is a certified mediator.