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Growing up working in a family-owned commercial marine business helped me develop skills that I call upon every day as a litigator.  My background enables me to better understand how a dispute can affect my client’s business or their personal life.  The perspective gained from working in a business environment also strengthened my ability to present my client’s position to adversaries and the court in familiar contexts that they can appreciate and understand.

Ms. Kortbawi concentrates her practice in commercial litigation.  Her experience in both federal and state courts encompasses insurance defense matters including motor vehicle liability, personal injury actions, professional and premises liability cases, environmental claims and general liability matters.

In addition to providing representation in litigation matters, Ms. Kortbawi also provides business counseling, risk management and corporate advisory services to clients.  Prior to commencing her legal practice, she served as the chief operating officer of a family-owned wholesale marine supply company for over a decade.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion by the New Jersey Law Journal on the 2020 list of "New Leaders of the Bar," the publication's annual listing of outstanding attorneys under the age of 40 and practicing in New Jersey
  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Commercial Litigation practice area (2021)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers – New Jersey Rising Stars (a Thomson Reuters business) in the General Litigation practice area (2020)

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found HERE. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented national corporate clients, small businesses and individuals in a variety of premises liability actions. Ms. Kortbawi negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of her clients and obtained summary judgment in a number of instances, including:
    • Dismissal of all cross-claims for contractual and common law indemnity among settling and non-settling co-defendants in a wrongful death matter
    • Dismissal of negligence claim after demonstrating that defendant homeowners did not owe a duty of care to an injured subcontractor who was hired by the homeowners' general contractor
    • Dismissal of parking lot liability claims after the commercial property owner successfully demonstrated that the lot was maintained in a safe condition and did not contribute to a pedestrian/motor vehicle collision
    • Dismissal of negligence claim against defendant homeowners under the principle of residential sidewalk tort immunity
  • Successfully argued an Order to Show Cause demonstrating that a provision of the Accountancy Act of 1997 was ambiguous, such that her client was not obligated to respond to a subpoena, and disclose confidential client documents, absent a court order

Uniquely NJ

  • Member, Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Past president and former director, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey
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More Activities & Experience

  • Former legal intern in the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau (2013)
  • Former law clerk in the Office of the General Counsel of JFK Health System (2012-2013)
  • Former judicial intern for Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Supreme Court of New Jersey (2012)
  • While attending law school, Ms. Kortbawi was a member of the Rutgers Moot Court Board and the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D. cum laude, 2013

New York University, B.S. cum laude, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2013
  • New York, 2014


  • Former law clerk to The Honorable Jane B. Cantor (Ret.) and The Honorable Vincent Le Blon, Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County, Law Division (2013-2014)  

Kersten Kortbawi Selected for Best Lawyers Ones to Watch 2021

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found HERE. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.