Matt Putorti is a litigator with a diverse practice that focuses on insurance recovery, international arbitration, and complex commercial disputes.

Matt has helped corporate policyholders obtain millions of dollars in insurance proceeds by advising on and litigating matters involving commercial general liability, property, business interruption, media, and directors and officers liability insurance. He also represents investors in investor-state arbitrations and litigates large, complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts and through mediation and arbitration.

Matt’s pro bono practice has included several impact cases, including representing the cities of New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco against the Department of Defense and the military branches to ensure those government agencies report disqualifying information to the national criminal background check system for gun sales; he has also represented a group of retired Immigration Judges in filing two amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court in Barton v. Barr and Pereida v. Barr. With TLDEF, Matt has represented trans individuals in changing their names, and, with KIND, has represented an unaccompanied minor seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Matt’s pronouns are he, him, and his.

Representative Experience

  • Representing NYU Hospitals Center and NYU School of Medicine to recover money from various sources related to its losses from Hurricane Irene and its loss of more than $1.4 billion in property damage, business interruption, and other losses during Superstorm Sandy, including from (1) FEMA for federal assistance, (2) Factory Mutual Insurance Company for insurance coverage (federal litigation), and (3) Turner Construction for failing to properly protect a construction site at NYU in advance of Sandy's landfall (state litigation).
  • Representing Foster Wheeler in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration against Colombia for violations of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, including denial of fair and equitable treatment, breach of the national treatment standard, and indirect expropriation.
  • Represented Bombardier in obtaining a temporary restraining order and injunction in federal court against a supplier who breached an exclusive supply contract.   

Professional Highlights

  • Named one of 40 best LGBT attorneys in the US under 40 in 2016.
  • Member of the Insurance Recovery & Advisory practice, named by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
  • Co-Chairs the Firm’s Attorney Development Committee Representatives; member of the New York Office's Hiring and Summer Committees; former member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee.

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  • Honors & Awards
    • Recognized by Best Lawyers (published by BL Rankings LLC) Ones to Watch, Insurance Law (2021)
    • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars – New York, Insurance Coverage (2017-2019)
    • National LGBT Bar Association – 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 (2016)
    • Fordham OUTLaws Michael B. Davis – Elyse Hilton Alumni Award (2016)
  • Associations
    • LeGaL, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (Foundation Board Member, Leadership Council Chair)
    • New York City Bar Association, International Human Rights Committee (Secretary) and Associate Institute Leadership Institute (former Co-Chair)
    • New York City Bar Association, Associate Leadership Institute (Co-Chair)
    • Fordham Law School Recent Graduate Committee (former Co-Chair)
    • Stonewall Quarter Share
    • Boston College LGBTQ+ Alumni Council (Co-Chair)
    • Gay Real Estate Group
    • Lambda Legal New York City Young Leadership Council
    • Bottom Line Associate Board
  • Speaking Engagements
    • Everything a Risk Manager Needs to Know About D&O Liability & Insurance," RIMS Northern Alberta Chapter, Edmonton, Canada (May 13, 2014)
    • "Ten Tips for Getting Claims Paid," RIMS Northern Alberta Chapter, Edmonton, Canada (November 20, 2013)
    • "Professional Liability Insurance," Massachusetts RIMS Spring Conference, Norwood, MA (March 19, 2013)
  • Blog Posts
    • Evolving Bad Faith Law: Pro-Policyholder Decision out of Minnesota, 06/25/2019
    • Keeping Time: The Importance of In-House Counsel Recording Their Time for the Duty to Defend, 02/13/18
    • Beauty and the Beast: Insurance in the Fashion Industry, 07/24/17

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 Southern District of New York

    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