Richard J. De Fortuna

Associate

Richard J. De Fortuna began his career in labor law at Jennings Sigmond just over twenty years ago.

Richard focuses his practice on the representation of labor and workers in all aspects of labor and employment law in the public and private sectors, including collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, union elections, unfair labor practice proceedings and employment discrimination litigation. Rich has advocated on behalf of workers before numerous boards and agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights, the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Rich has also argued numerous cases before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, the Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts of Pennsylvania, and the Second, Third and D.C. Circuit Courts of the United States.

In addition, Rich has significant experience with employee benefit issues involving both single employer and Taft-Hartley multi-employer plans, having counseled multiple plans and their fiduciaries with regard to both plan sponsor initiatives and fiduciary obligations. He has also defended several plans with respect to benefit eligibility issues and fiduciary duty issues, most significantly in litigation involving retiree health and welfare benefits, employer contribution obligations and withdrawal liability claims.
Prior to rejoining Jennings Sigmond, Rich practiced law at a suburban boutique firm following nearly a decade with the Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and, prior to that, as an Assistant District Attorney for Chester County, Pennsylvania.

When not engaged in the active practice of law, Rich enjoys time on his two young sons and spends his spare time playing music, studying history and occasionally writing songs.

Mr. De Fortuna is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2000
  • Saint Joseph’s University, Bachelor of Arts, 1997