Michael J. McKenna

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

McKenna Law
Michael J. McKenna
McKenna Law

Practice Areas: Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in New Jersey since: 1981

Education: Rutgers School of Law - Camden

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024

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McKenna Law

648 Longwood Ave
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 Visit website


With extensive experience of 42-plus years, personal injury attorney Michael J. McKenna concentrates on serving the victims of personal injury in areas of Gloucester County, Camden County and Burlington County, in South Jersey. Working with the Cherry Hill-based law firm McKenna Law as its managing partner, he handles legal matters related to wrongful death, traumatic brain injury in trucking/automobile accidents, sexual assault, slip-and-fall and animal attacks.  

For over four decades, McKenna Law has assisted those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.  In that time, as the science of diagnosis and treatment has progressed, Michael J. McKenna has stayed at the forefront of the science.  He knows who the very best specialized medical providers are.  Just as importantly, he helps his clients recognize and understand what is happening with their terrible injuries, and how to turn that deep understanding into a winning strategy for case resolution.

Empathetic to clients who approach him for help, Mr. McKenna brings holistic strategies that address their individual needs. With an impressive track record of successful trials, his merit in the field is recognized by his opponents, peers and judges.  With that level of success, he is able to resolve a majority of cases by hard fought settlements, saving his clients’ time, money and the stress of prolonged litigation.

A resident of South Jersey all his life, Mr. McKenna has worked on several landmark cases, including the privacy invasion case associated with the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleading locker room incident. He has represented sexual abuse victims and won them fair compensation against clergy abusers and other dominant and influential sections of society. These successes have earned him the spotlight on popular national television shows, including ‘The View’ with Barbara Walters, ‘Today’ show with Katie Couric, ‘Inside Edition’ and ‘The Montel Williams Show’.

Mr. McKenna graduated magna cum laude from Rider University, in Lawrenceville, and completed his doctorate in jurisprudence at The State University of New Jersey – Rutgers Law School Camden, in 1981. Soon after, he passed the bar exams on his first try to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Recognitions for Mr. McKenna’s long years of professional service include being peer-review rated Distinguished* through Martindale-Hubbell. Rated “Very Good” on Avvo, he maintains affiliations with prestigious legal associations such as the American Association for Justice, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Camden County Bar Association and the Burlington County Bar Association.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 100% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1981, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: https://mckennainjurylaw.com/about-us/

Educational Background:
  • Bishop Eustace Preparatory School Pennsauken, New Jersey Class of 1974 Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey Class of 1978 - Magna Cum Laude Major English Literature Minors History and Philosophy while wrestling for the Division I Rutgers University - School of Law Camdem, New Jersey Class of 1981
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New Jersey:  State, Federal District, 3rd Circuit of Appeals, US Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania:  Federal Eastern District, 3rd Circuit of Appeals, US Supreme Court
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Personal Injury and Settlement: Ness v. NJM jury verdict of $737,500.00 Docket No. CAM-L5375-05 in wrongful death claim for UM benefits based on a phantom vehicle.  Although policy limits were $300,000, use of Offer of Judgment resulted in $102,756.96 recovery over policy. Two cases in excess of 1 million settled subject to non-disclosure agreements. Miller v. Garzone jury verdict of $658,716.47 Docket #BUR-L-437-18 auto accident Sipple v. Hughton and Dolce jury verdict $349,000, Docket No. CAM-L10970-88 in two separate auto accidents wherein plaintiff underwent spinal fusion.  The jury was unable to apportion extent to which each accident caused ultimate harm.  Defendants were held jointly and severally liable. Sipple v. American Medi-Wheels-Vanguard jury verdict $170,000 in Burlington County Superior Court of NJ in an incident where Defendant ambulance employee dropped plaintiff causing compression fractures and contributing to her suicide. Shaffer v. Hasija jury verdict of $250,000, CAM-L11178-94 auto collision resulting in plaintiff sustaining lumbar radiculopathy and lumbar disc bulge Sheehan v. Mannello jury verdict of $127,500, CAM-L-4541-11 Stone v. FTM Service Corp. jury verdict unknown, settled for $165,000 Docket No. CAM-L2177-02   ·        Settlements with confidential results: Giannini v. Carucci Safety, et als., Docket No. ATL-L-1877-19 Ackrivo v. Top Shelf LLC,  Docket No. CAM L-0258-13; Clark & Farney vs. Brunswick Corporation, Docket No. CAM-L-0687-18; Shaw v. Torres Docket No. 96-4455(SMO), John A. Rowan v. Swartz-Schutte, Montgomery Co. Docket 98-00417; Quigley/Way settled during a full day mediation with 10 adversaries and without the need to file suit; Carlo Benedetti v. Integrity Transportation, Docket NO.: ATL-L-1347-20  Zoning/Land UseValleybrook v. Gloucester Township, Client Township prevails after full trial where developer Ron Jaworski sought to construct homes contrary to deed restriction. Hooper v. Gloucester Township, Client Planning Board denial for subdivision upheld even though applicant claimed entitlement to approval “by right”. Woodland Civic Association v. Cherry Hill, Objector client prevailed in overturning non-conforming use status and site plan approvals. Yelland & Delran v. Berk Developer client prevailed at trial and on appeal in attacks from objectors and others regarding use variance pending 72 additional apartment and an existing complex of over 100 units. Berk v. Yelland & Delran Objector client succeeded in invalidation of approvals for auto sales by up to 81 independent dealers. Municipal Liability:  Szczerbinski v. Washington Twp. Docket No. CAM-L-7656-91 wherein defendant was found 100% liable to have failed to secure iron gate leading to park which closed as plaintiff drove through entrance braking windshield and striking plaintiff in face
Representative Clients:
  • Zoning and Land Use. Governmental clients have included Solicitor to Planning Boards in Gloucester Township and, Bellmawr, Oaklyn and other municipalities. Private Clients. have included Site Development, Manhattan Management, Wendy’s, Walgreens and various Civic Association Groups and other developers.Personal Injury. Clients have included tort victims throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including fatalities and serious traumatic brain and spinal injuries.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Active for many years in his Medford Community, serving as co-chair of Deerbrook Swim Club Boosters, Pres. for three years of Shawnee Wrestling Booster Club, and coaching various youth sports. He headed the start of a wrestling program at Medford Memorial School by fund-raising all monies necessary to fully equip and finance the programs start, even acting as coach for the first two years of the program. Professionally, he has served pro bono as legal counsel for the following organizations, all of which he initially incorporated: Precious Gems Memorial, Medford Memorial Wrestling Booster Club, Lenape High School Wrestling Booster Club, Camden Catholic Wrestling Booster Club, Seneca High School Wrestling Boosters, Lenape Juniors Wrestling Boosters, Palmyra Juniors Wrestling Boosters, South Jersey Middle School Wrestling Association, Woodlynne Town Watch, Inc.

Office location for Michael J. McKenna

648 Longwood Ave
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Phone: 856-484-4074


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024

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