Melissa A. Fortunato


melissa a. fortunato



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Professional Activities and Associations

New York State Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
Connecticut Bar Association


J.D., Pace University School of Law 2013, Magna Cum Laude, Notes Editor, Pace Environmental Law Review
B.A., Georgetown University 2004, Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey
United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
United States Court of for the District of New Jersey

Legal Career

2014-2017 Associate, Kirby McInerney LLP

Areas of Practice

Melissa has a broad background in securities fraud, corporate governance, and other complex class action and commercial litigation on behalf of investors.  Many of her cases have involved breaches of fiduciary duties by public company boards of directors, and she has represented institutional and individual stockholders in the mediation and settlement of numerous derivative and class actions.

Representative actions include:

  • In re BP p.l.c. Securities Litigation, 4:10-md-2185 (S.D. Tex.). Representation of nine European investment managers in individual securities fraud actions pursuant to English law against BP p.l.c. related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20, 2010.
  • In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Cons. C.A. No. 8922-VCG (Del. Ch.). Co-lead counsel in action challenging the acquisition of Cornerstone by Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Prior to attending law school, Melissa worked in the marketing and consumer goods industries.