Ms. Northen focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insureds and carriers in workers’ compensation defense matters.

Bar Admissions

New Jersey


U.S. Supreme Court


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Camden, NJ. Juris Doctorate.

State University of New York, Buffalo, NY.
Bachelor of Arts in Education.


Periodic Legal Alerts to Advise of New Cases Affecting the Handling of Workers’ Compensation Claims, 1990 – Present.

Capehart & Scatchard Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, 1990 – Present.

Professional Awards & Honors

Selected to the “New Jersey Super Lawyer” list (2005-2006, 2008-2016 in the area of Workers’ Compensation)

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Professional Associations & Memberships

National Workers Compensation Defense Network (Past president)

American Bar Association.

Camden County Bar Association, Member.

Defense Research Institute, Workers’ Compensation Committee.

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Kids’ Chance of New Jersey, Board Member.

Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

Larson’s National Workers’ Comp Advisory Board, Member, 2012.

Classes & Seminars

“Panel Discussion: The Dos And Don’ts Of Handling Claims – An Interactive Discussion With A Panel Of Industry Experts,” NWCDN, April 2022

“Celebrating Black History: Civil Rights, Voting Rights and Black Health,” Diversity & Inclusion virtual panel discussion, April 2022

“Workers’ Comp 101: What All Practitioners Need To Know,” and “Trends In Workers’ Compensation: Telemedicine and The Aging Work Force – panel discussion, ” Millennium Seminars, LLC, April 2022

“Trial Strategies in Workers’ Compensation” and “The Best Uses of Social Media and Surveillance in Workers’ Compensation – Panel Discussion,” Millennium Seminars, December 2021

“Workers’ Comp 101 For Claims Professionals And Employers,” and “Return to Work, Light Duty, And Temporary Reassignment Issues – Panel Discussion,” Millennium Seminars, October 2021

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

“New Jersey Workers’ Comp Overview For Comp Professionals,” “The Main Defenses You Need To Know In New Jersey Workers’ Comp,” and “2021 Hot Topics In Workers’ Compensation,” in-house Walmart, August 2021

“The Great Workers’ Compensation Face Off – Maine vs. New Jersey,” in-house WalMart, March 2021

“Red Hot Topics in New Jersey Comp,” Millennium Seminar webinar, May 2020

“Assessing Permanent Disability,” Sedgwick Claims Management Services, February 2020

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“Workers’ Comp 101 for Adjusters, Medical Professionals, and Employers,” Millenium Seminars, December 2019

“Panel Discussion:  Medical Claim Petitions and Repricing Medical Bills,” “Workers’ Comp 101 for Adjusters, Medical Professionals and Employers,” and “Panel Discussion:  Drug Testing in the Workplace and Issues Pertaining to Marijuana,” Millennium Seminars, December 2019

“New Jersey Workers’ Compensation,” in-house Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Company, November 2019

“How to Evaluate, Manage and Defend Complex Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Walmart, October 2019

“Using IMEs/Permanency Exams to Defend/Minimize Permanency,” Defending Liability and Workers’ Compensation Claims Millennium Seminar, October 2019

“You Be The Judge,” Seaview Orthopaedic & Medical Associates, October 2019

“Panel Discussion: Issues Surrounding Light Duty Offers in New Jersey” and “Panel Discussion:  Mock Trial of a Workers’ Compensation Case,” Millennium Seminars, June 2019

“Panel Discussion: Audience Participation on Common Case Scenarios on Causation and Compensability” and “Termination of Employees for Violation of Drug and Alcohol Policies, Reasonable Accommodation Issues and Medical Marijuana,” Millennium Seminars, April 2019

“How To Evaluate, Manage and Defend Complex Workers’ Compensation Claims,” New Jersey Self Insurers’ Association, November 2018

“The Anatomy of a Super Bowl Winning Team, – moderator of a panel discussion,” NWCDN, September 2018

“Medical Marijuana Are We Dazed and Confused,” in-house Walmart, August 2018

“How To Evaluate, Manage And Defend Complex Workers’ Compensation Claims,” webinar, March 2018

“The Curious Case of Michelle in The Night Time — A Mock Trial Presentation,” The Advanced Spine Center, October 2017

“How to Evaluate, Manage and Defend Complex Workers’ Compensation Claims,” SEAK, Inc., July 2017

“Panel Discussion: Claim Investigation Tips and Techniques,” NJSIA Breakfast Seminar, April 2017

“Mastering The Key Principles And Strategies For Permanency Claims And Section 40 Liens” and “Panel Discussion: The Evolving World of Claims Handling:  Trends And Best Practices,” Millennium Seminars, April 2017

“Panel Discussion:  The Effective Use of Surbeillance In Workers’ Comp For Doctors and Practitioners and How Good Investigation Can Help Fight Comp Fraud,” Kirshner Spine Institute, September 2016

“How to Handle Treatment,” in-house Wal-Mart/Claims Management, Inc., August 2016

“You be the Judge,” in-house Wal-Mart/Claims Management, Inc., August 2016

“Northen v. Hopke in the Crossfire,” Millennium Seminars, July 2016

“Workers’ Comp Compensability Issues,” National Webinar  Presentation, June 2016

“Learn the Key Medical, Temporary and Permanency Provisions Under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Statute: A Panel Discussion,” Millennium Seminars, April 2016

“Effective Use of IME’s in Workers’ Compensation: A Panel Discussion,” Millennium Seminars, April 2016

“Anatomy of an Award-Winning Workers’ Compensation Program,” National Webinar Presentation, April 2016

“Understanding the Development of the Important Concepts in NJ Workers’ Comp and Their Impact on Day-to-Day Claims Management,” in-house Meadowbrook Insurance Group, April 2016

“Reinventing Your Workers’ Comp Program to Reduce Losses and Costs,” in-house Lunch and Learn, February 2016

“Understanding The Development of The Important Concepts in NJ Workers’ Comp and Their Impact on Day-to-Day Claims Management,” National Webinar Presentation, January 2016

“2015 Cases You Need to Know,” New Jersey Self-Insurers’ Association, November 2015

“Complex Issues on IMEs – a Panel Discussion,” in-house Garden State Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, October 2015

“The Effective Use of IME and Second Opinion Exams in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Cases,” National Webinar Presentation, October 2015

“You Be The Judge,” Tri-County Orthopedics, 2015

“From Cell Phones to Facebook, The Changing Look of Workers’ Compensation,” Kirshner Spine Institute, 2015

“Fighting Fraud,” South Jersey Claims Association, 2015

“How to Settle Future Medicals and Comply with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act,” National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network, 2015

“Mock Trial, and Understanding Total Disability and The Second Injury Fund,” in-house Claims Management, Inc./Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2015

“New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law Summary,” in-house Meadowbrook Insurance, 2015

“Understanding Total Disability and The Second Injury Fund,” in-house Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., 2014

“Mock Trial,” in-house Qual-Lynx, 2014

“The role of Third-Party Administrator and Client in Workers’ Compensation,” 2014

“New Jersey Workers’ Compensation,” in-house Wal-Mart, 2014

“Workers’ Compensation Issues in New Jersey,” in-house Republic Services, Inc., 2014

“Utilizing Experts in Workers’ Compensation Cases,” in-house Qual-Lynx, 2014

“How to Control Claims and Save Money,” NovaCare Rehabilitation, 2014

“Mock Trial,” Somerset County Joint Insurance Fund, 2014

“Premises Liability Seminar 2014,” Millennium Seminars, LLC, 2014

“Here Come the Judge,” in-house Eric North 11th Annual Training Meeting, 2014

“New Jersey Workers’ Comp Overview for Comp Professionals,” in-house Republic Services, Inc., 2014

“Bona Fide Offers,” in-house Wal-Mart/Claims Management, Inc., 2014

“Why the Medical Aspects of the Case Really Dictate the Outcome in New Jersey Workers’ Compensation,” in-house Wal-Mart/Claims Management,Inc., 2014