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Michael J. Fortunato, Gregory S. Rubin

January 20, 2022

Founder Gregory Rubin To Remain as Chair Emeritus


Rubin Fortunato & Harbison, P.C., a Western Main Line Philadelphia law firm with a national reputation for writing and enforcing post- employment restrictive covenants, non-competes, non-disclosure agreements, protecting trade secrets and customer lists, and defending corporate America from traditional employment claims, has named Michael Fortunato as its new Chairman and CEO. Founder Gregory Rubin will remain as Chair Emeritus and a practicing attorney.

Fortunato, a 29- year veteran of the firm, like Rubin, has earned Philadelphia SuperLawyer peer reviews status for decades, setting the mold for the firm’s 20 attorneys, who also have Big Law experience, diplomas from the finest schools, judicial clerkships, and SuperLawyer credentials of their own.

“Mike is not only a superb attorney of the highest order, he is also a born leader,” says Rubin. “The firm and our clients are fortunate to have him continue our growth and expansion. If he needed any help, I would be there, but he won’t need any. He takes the baton in full stride.”

“I eagerly accept the honor and responsibility of leadership and to perpetuate the legacy I inherit,” Fortunato said, “and I am humbled and grateful.”

Rubin Fortunato has held a unique role in “writing the book” on enforcement of restrictive covenants in the financial services industry for more than 40 years, which it has expanded to include numerous other industries, and to new clients whose companies are too small to have their own in-house counsel, but too large to go without sophisticated employment counsel.

The firm’s clients have taken them to the U.S. Supreme Court, virtually all 13 United States Circuit Courts of Appeal, 71 different U.S. District Courts, the New York Court of Appeals and appellate courts in numerous other states, plus many hundreds of state courts of original jurisdiction, FINRA, NYSE, AAA, JAMS, and other arbitrations. The firm has been at the intersection of “raiding and recruitment turf wars” for more than four decades. Its accomplishments have been noted in Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and scores of other news media and industry publications and journals. Rubin has served as a case commentator for the Harvard Business Review article, “When an Executive Defects” and authored a copyright for “Employment Agreement with Restrictive Covenants.”

The Rubin Fortunato approach is more than tactical; its lawyers know the big picture and examine a client’s problem in that light. The firm knows the scenarios, forecasts the actions of the players, and offers considered professional and practical advice on short- and long-term implications of all decisions. Business practicalities weigh heavily in every risk-reward analysis and drive the firm’s recommendations.

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