Matt Putorti is a commercial litigator who focuses on advising and advocating for individual and corporate policyholders in insurance recovery matters.

Matt has worked extensively on matters involving commercial general liability, property, and directors and officers liability insurance. Litigating insurance and non-insurance cases in federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution processes, has provided him with a diverse range of experience and knowledge that he applies to all matters on which he works.

Matt is a member of the Pillsbury team representing the cities of New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco in their path-breaking suit against the Department of Defense and the military branches. The suit seeks to ensure those government agencies comply with their legal obligation to report conviction and dishonorable discharge information to the national criminal background check system for gun sales. The suit has been extensively covered by the print and broadcast media, including by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the AP, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS, among others.

Representative Experience

Representing New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center in more than $1.4 billion property damage and business interruption insurance claims arising from Superstorm Sandy.


Representing pharmaceutical company seeking defense costs under insurance policy’s D&O and Employment Practices coverage sections.


Representing major aircraft manufacturer in supplier contract dispute.

Professional Highlights

Member of the Insurance Recovery & Advisory practice, named by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year in 2015 and 2016.


Named one of 40 best LGBT attorneys in the US under 40 in 2016.


Co-authored chapters on faculty workmanship insurance coverage and subrogation.

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  • Member of Firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and New York Office’s Hiring and Summer Committees.
  • Honors & Awards
    • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars – New York, Insurance Coverage (2017)
    • National LGBT Bar Association – 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 (2016)
    • Fordham OUTLaws Michael B. Davis – Elyse Hilton Alumni Award (2016)
  • Associations
    • LeGal Foundation Board
    • New York City Bar Association (Member, International Human Rights Committee, 2011-2014; Northern Ireland Delegation Member, July 2014)
    • Fordham Law School Recent Graduate Committee (Co-Chair, 2017)
    • Fordham International Law Journal Alumni Association (President, 2016)
    • Stonewall Quarter Share (President, 2013-2015)
    • Boston College Neenan Volunteer Council
    • Boston College LGBTQ+ Alumni Association (National Chair, 2017)
    • Gay Real Estate Group
    • Lambda Legal New York City Young Leadership Council
    • Bottom Line Associate Board
    • SEO Scholars mentor
  • Speaking Engagements
    • Everything a Risk Manager Needs to Know About D&O Liability & Insurance,” RIMS Northern Alberta Chapter, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (May 13, 2014)
    • “Ten Tips for Getting Claims Paid,” PERK RIMS Northern Alberta Chapter, Alberta (Edmonton), Canada (November 20, 2013) (with Pamela D. Hans)
    • “Professional Liability Insurance,” Massachusetts RIMS Spring Conference, Norwood, MA (March 19, 2013) (with William G. Passannante)

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2011
    Editor-in-Chief, Fordham International Law Journal

    B.A., Boston College, 2006
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • New York

    New Jersey

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

    U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit