Kiara K. Hartwell


    Kiara is a member of the Workers' Compensation Department and devotes her entire practice to workers' compensation litigation on behalf of employers, insurance carriers and self-insureds. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    In 2009, Kiara earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University, with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. In 2014, Kiara graduated cum laude and earned her juris doctor from Rutgers School of Law. While in law school, Kiara served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Rutgers University Law Review (formerly known as Rutgers Law Journal) and was a semifinalist in the Hunter Moot Court Competition.

    During her first summer of law school, Kiara served as a law clerk assisting family law attorneys. In her second summer of law school, Kiara worked for a staff counsel office for Travelers Insurance Company, where she drafted discovery motions and answers to discovery requests, and attended various hearings and depositions. In spring 2014, Kiara externed with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court, where she wrote memorandums to the Court, recommending the grant or denial of certifications.

    Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Kiara served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William E. Nugent, J.A.D. Upon completion of the clerkship term, she worked for an insurance defense firm in Philadelphia, handling a variety of cases in the areas of construction coverage, premises liability and motor vehicle litigation.




    Workers' Compensation May Day Seminar, panelist, Bridgeton Workers' Compensation Court, May 1, 2024 

    Published Works

    “New Jersey Medical Provider Claims Are Contingent Upon Jurisdiction Over Underlying Claim,” Defense Digest, January 2021, Vol. 27, No. 1

    "Temporary Total Disability Benefits Contingent Upon Proof of Lost Wages," Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018

    "Injuries Occurring During Mutually Beneficial Task Are Compensable Even on Day Off," Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017

    "The Idiopathic Defense: The Most Overlooked Tool in NJ Workplace Injury Litigation," New Jersey Law Journal, Workplace Injury Litigation Supplement, November 7, 2016

    New Jersey
    U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden (J.D., cum laude, 2014)
    New York University (B.A., 2009)
    Associations & memberships
    Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA)
    New Jersey Bar Association
    Year joined