Margaret Johnson-Pertet was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 15, 1957. She grew up in the Fort Green Section of Brooklyn where she attended elementary school. Thereafter, she traveled daily to the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn for her Junior High and High School years. Upon graduation from high school, Margaret attended Ithaca College majoring in Sociology and minoring in Political Science. During her College years Margaret studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya and several parts of Brazil, South America.
Upon completion of College, Margaret attended Hofstra University School of Law where she participated in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court National Competition, was the Vice President of the Black American Law Students Association and recipient of the Most Distinguished Service Award. Margaret was awarded the Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship to start her legal career at Harlem Legal Services in 1982 and continued serving indigent clients at Bronx Legal Services and Bedford Stuyvesant Legal Services through half of the 1980s. In 1985 Margaret joined the Housing Litigation Bureau of The Department of Housing Preservation & Development of the City of New York where she prosecuted landlords for violations of the Housing Maintenance Code and secured incarceration and a record breaking million dollar plus verdict against the recalcitrant landlord known as the “Dracula Landlord” of Brooklyn on behalf of the City of New York and neglected tenants.
In 1987 Margaret began her career in the field of Torts and Personal Injury when she joined The Law Department of the City of New York where she was appointed Tort Trial Specialist by The Corporation Counsel. In 1992 Margaret moved her family to Newburgh, New York where she joined the plaintiff’s side of the bar representing victims of personal injuries at Finkelstein Levine Gittelsohn & Tetenbaum where she remained until 1995 when she joined Jacoby & Meyers. Margaret continued there through the 1990s breaking records including a $7 million verdict in Bronx County for a broken leg. She thereafter worked as a trial attorney for the Johnnie Cochran Law firm with his partners Schneider, Kleinick, Weitz, Damashek & Shoot.
In November 2001, Margaret joined The Fitzgerald Lawyers and began working on cases involving personal injuries and lead poisoning. Here she recovered a $6.5 million motor vehicle accident verdict, a $5.04 million lead poisoning medical malpractice verdict, and a $20 million plus brain damage baby verdict on behalf of her clients among other notable results.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School, Brooklyn, New York, 1975
- Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, 1979
- Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York, 1982
Admitted to Practice
- New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member and Past Lecturer
- New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Association of Black Women Attorneys
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Past Board Member, Tort Litigation Committee
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A team of lawyers from The Fitzgerald Law Firm wrote an article in response to the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologists’ Neonatal Encephalopathy and Neurological Outcome (Second Edition), which was published in the prestigious Birth Trauma Litigation Journal of the American Association for Justice. Read it here.