Karena Nicholls

Special Counsel


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of International Studies
  • Diploma in Business

Karena has over 16 years experience in personal injury, motor vehicle, medical negligence and workers compensation litigation. She commenced her career as a legal secretary and then as a paralegal working on major litigation cases whilst studying Law at the University of Technology, Sydney where she was responsible for managing up to 200 clients at any one time.

After her admission as a solicitor in 2005, Karena worked in insurance litigation before joining Kells in May 2006 where she has worked exclusively in her area of passion - personal injury litigation. She was promoted to Senior Associate in 2012.

Karena handles complex cases in the District Court and Supreme Court. She has a particular interest in large health law cases and has succeeded in cases involving brain damage, birth defects and claims against negligent doctors, health institutions and others.  She has had success in toxic torts against James Hardie and enjoys seeking resolution to complex claims.

She also enjoys the challenge of motor accident claims, including issues of contributory negligence, causation and liability. The reconstruction of an accident, police briefs and medical records all require expertise in this field and the years of experience enable her to be active to seek early resolution or if required file for Hearing.

Karena strives to make a difference to those injured through someone else’s negligence and handles complex cases in the District Court and Supreme Court. She understands that each client has individual needs and so she seeks to develop a strong relationship to ascertain and satisfy those needs. She believes that clients need to be involved in their case and be kept informed, and manages her cases to ensure this occurs.

Karena is a member of the NSW Law Society, Wollongong Law Society and the Macarthur Law Society. She is a member of Illawarra Women in Business and Macarthur Legal Centre.  She is also a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House.

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