Karena Nicholls

Special Counsel

+61 2 4221 9311

Expertise Areas


Karena is a highly knowledgeable compensation lawyer who has almost 20 years experience in personal injury claims. She has acted for both defendant and plaintiffs. She is ambitious, driven and passionate about delivering positive results for her clients.

What she does

Karena has particular experience in helping clients with medical and health law claims, motor accident injuries including cyclist, pedestrians and blameless accidents, work place injuries, public liability including slip and falls and product defect resulting in injury. Karena specialises in acting for major catastrophic claims and traumatic brain injury. She has acquired experts from around the world to support her cases and this demonstrates her ability to be innovative when evidence closer to home will not suffice.

Karena has acted for clients in all different jurisdictions in and outside New South Wales and has experience in both District and Supreme Court levels. She is a member of the High Court of Australia.

“I enjoy the satisfaction of doing a job properly, and helping people to achieve an outcome that may not have been possible without my involvement. Also, having represented clients at Kells over the last 13 years, it has given me the tools to grow and develop skills and get great results for my clients”.

Community Involvement

Karena is a member of the Illawarra Women of Business, WLNSW, the Law Society of NSW, Macarthur and Wollongong. She is a Tutor at the University of Wollongong and also a Mentor to Young Lawyers of NSW Law Society and Mentor to the University of Wollongong Lucy Program.


Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Life Outside Kells

Karena’s hobbies include reading, cooking, travelling and spending time with her husband and her two gorgeous and humorous girls. Karena also loves discovering new places and cultures.


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