Kathleen dedicates her practices to defending workers’ compensation matters. She regularly handles all types of workers’ compensation claims through trial and on appeal.
In addition, Kathleen also has extensive experience in all facets of the litigation process. She has not only defended clients in Division of Workers’ Compensation, but also in various venues, including the municipal, state and federal courts of New Jersey. She has tried cases through verdict in the state courts of New York and New Jersey and before the Division of Worker’s Compensation. She has also argued before the Appellate Division of New Jersey and successfully opposed a Petition for Certification before the New Jersey Supreme Court in the matter Ferraro v. Pepsi Cola, Inc., 205 N.J. 99, 13 A. 2d 362 (2011).
Prior to joining the firm, Kathleen worked as staff counsel for a major insurer. She also previously worked for a defense firm where she represented clients in workers’ compensation, public entity liability, premises liability and professional malpractice matters.
Kathleen also is active in the legal community. She was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to the District IIA (North Bergen County) Ethics Committee for the 2010-2014 term and reappointed for the 2014-2018 term. She is also active in Women Lawyers in Bergen and is the Immediate Past-President of the organization after having served as President for two years.
Associate, Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn, 2006-Present
Associate, Reilly Supple & Wischusen, 2003-2006
Associate, Fitzpatrick Reilly Supple & Gaul, 1993-2003
Associate, O’Rourke Hickey Wickham Mascola & Buell, 1992-1993
Assistant Attorney, Westchester County Attorney’s Office, 1991-1992
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
JD, Washburn University School of Law, 1991
BA, cum laude, Northeastern University, 1988
Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society
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Member, Bergen County Bar Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member and Immediate-Past President, Women Lawyers in Bergen
Tried a matter before Division of Workers’ Compensation where, after trial, the judge determined petitioner was an employee and awarded compensation. The matter was appealed on the basis the judge of compensation erred in concluding the petitioner was an employee. The New Jersey Appellate Division reversed the decision and held the petitioner was not an employee within the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act.
Tried matter to conclusion before the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Petitioner sought total disability on this application for review and modification. After a full trial, the judge awarded petitioner only 35% partial total.
Tried matter to conclusion before the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Following testimony, the judge dismissed the petitioner’s claim for failure to fulfill the burden of proof.
Author, “Happy 40th Birthday Title IX” – Women Lawyers in Bergen Newsletter, Volume 6; 2012
Author, “We’ve Come a Long Way” – Women Lawyers in Bergen Newsletter, Volume 6; 2012
Author, “Can An Employee Who Works From Home Receive Worker’s Compensation? In NJ, Yes”, Women Lawyers in Bergen Newsletter; 2011
Author, “No More Filling the Gaps” – Women Lawyers in Bergen Newsletter, Volume 5; 2009
Speaker, “Basic Workers’ Compensation” – Seminar for Firm Clients; 2009
Speaker, “ADA, FMLA and New Jersey Workers’ Compensation” – Seminar for firm clients; 2007
Author, “The Supreme Court Speaks – Hojnowski v. Van’s Skate Park – Women Lawyers in Bergen Newsletter, Volume 2; 2006
Author, “Judge Sandra Spizziri, J.W.C.” – Women Lawyers in Bergen Newsletter, Volume 2; 2006
Ferraro v. Pepsi Cola, Inc., 205 N.J. 99, 13 A. 2d 362 (2011).