Kyana Woolridge brings a rich tapestry of legal expertise and academic excellence to our firm. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Kyana’s journey in law began with a stellar academic record, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2004. There, she honed her English and Criminal Justice skills while actively contributing as a writer and editor for the university newspaper and holding leadership roles in prestigious honor societies.
Kyana’s early promise was evident through her acceptance into the FBI’s Honors Internship Program, where she gained invaluable insights working in Washington, DC, and Quantico, Virginia. Her pursuit of legal expertise led her to Howard University School of Law, further shaping her career trajectory.
During her time at Howard, Kyana’s internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey was marked by significant contributions to major cases, including a noteworthy narcotics case at Newark Liberty Airport and drafting an Immigration brief for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Her role as a Research Assistant at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) underscored her commitment to global justice, where she played a pivotal role in developing training for establishing the rule of law in conflict-torn countries.
Following her Juris Doctorate, Kyana’s professional journey continued with a Law Clerk position for the Honorable Claude M. Coleman, Essex County Superior Court. Her experience broadened as an Associate at Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley and, later, as First Assistant of the Legal Department in the Township of Irvington, where she demonstrated her prowess in redevelopment, contract review, and formation.
Today, Kyana’s focus on Worker’s Compensation defense for municipalities and Land Use matters for private clients makes her an invaluable asset to our team. As an active member of the New Jersey State Bar, she continues to embody the blend of academic excellence and practical experience that defines our firm’s commitment to outstanding legal service.