Kathleen A. Hirce


  • Kathleen A. Hirce
  • Phone: +1 973 424 2043

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    One Riverfront Plaza
    1037 Raymond Boulevard, Suite 1800
    Newark, NJ 07102-5429

Kathleen A. Hirce focuses her environmental compliance practice on highly complex environmental matters and has significant experience in the petrochemical and gasoline industries. She advises clients on environmental investigations and remediations at former refinery, terminal and service station properties in compliance, regulatory, claims and litigation matters. In addition, Ms. Hirce manages claims and litigation related to releases from underground storage tanks and other sources. She handles all aspects of environmental law, including policy, enforcement, regulatory compliance, negotiations and settlements with regulatory entities, pursuit of potentially responsible parties, permits, audits, remediation, property transfers, Superfund matters, environmental risk assessments and management of environmental liabilities.

A former magazine reporter and editor, Ms. Hirce also has defended media organizations in defamation and privacy claims. She volunteers as a mentor with the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project, the nonprofit organization based at Seton Hall University School of Law that offers law-related and college-access programming to Newark middle and high school students and guidance to the organization’s alumni who are in college.

Ms. Hirce is a 2005 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was a member of the Seton Hall Circuit Review, and a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.


  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2005
    - Member, Seton Hall Circuit Review
  • Bryn Mawr College, A.B., 1998


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2022-present
  • McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli PC, 2014-2022
    - Partner
    - Of Counsel
    - Associate, 2007-2013
  • Media Law Resource Center, Inc.
    - Staff Attorney, 2013-2014
    - Legal Fellow, 2006-2007

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2010 and 2012

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • NJLEEP (Law and Education Empowerment Project)
    - Attorney Mentor, 2015–present

Selected Publications

  • “Sloppy Journalism Is Not Malice,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, First Amendment & Media Litigation Committee, September 25, 2012