Ms. Cottell focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation defense matters.

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Education

Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, NY.
Juris Doctorate.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Bachelor of Arts.

Professional Associations & Memberships

New Jersey State Bar Association (Member, Workers’ Compensation Section)

North Jersey Claims Association (February 2020-present)

Representative Matters

Kocanowski v. Township of Bridgewater, 237 N.J. 3 (2019)

Ms. Cottell argued this case in the New Jersey Supreme Court, having won at the trial and appellate divisions previously.  The court ultimately decided that volunteer firefighters were entitled to the maximum temp benefits despite having no lost wages and no paid employment outside the fire department.

Classes & Seminars

“Developing Fraud Defenses In New Jersey Workers’ Comp – panel discussion,” Millennium Seminars, LLC, April 2022

“The Impact Of The COVID Essential Employee Law And The Pandemic On Workers’ Comp Now And In The Future,” Millennium Seminars, August 2021

“Panel Discussion: Investigating Pre-Existing Disabilities and Chronic Conditions v. Acute Injuries,” Kirshner Spine Institute, September 2019

“Permanent Total Disability: Law, Practices & methods,” and “Ethics: A Review of New and Old Ethical Issues,” Law Day, Lebanon, May 2019

Publications

New Jersey Workers’ Comp Legislative Update, an added feature/special addition to the firm’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Blog which provides articles related to proposed and new workers’ compensation bills that may have a significant impact on how we practice in Workers’ Compensation courts. Author, 2022 to present.