Alissa M. Fortuna Brennan, Phillips Lytle Associate

Alissa M. Fortuna Brennan

(585) 238-2048
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Ms. Brennan concentrates her practice in the area of business litigation, with particular emphasis on labor and employment law. She works with businesses on immigration-related employment matters, including defending companies fined for I-9 violations and assisting with applications for various nonimmigrant and immigrant business visas. Her practice experience includes defense of employers faced with employment discrimination suits in Federal court as well as representation of employers before the New York State Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, Ms. Brennan’s practice experience includes representation of businesses with regard to collections claims, breach of contract claims and shareholder disputes.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Honors & Awards

  • Monroe County Bar Center for Education, Raymond J. Pauley Award, 2017
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc., William E. McKnight Volunteer Service Award, 2017
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Excellence in Law, The Daily Record, 2016
  • Honorable Judith S. Kaye Commercial and Federal Litigation Scholarship Recipient, 2016


  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 2008

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, Secretary
  • Monroe County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section, Chair-Elect
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Society of Human Resource Management

Present Activities

  • Worker Justice Center of New York, Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc., Art of Lawyering Fundraising Committee, Member

Past Activities

  • American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter, Women’s Casting for Caring Committee
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Lawyers for Learning Program, Mentor
  • The Center for Youth, Rochester Teen Court, Volunteer