Jillian G Dennehy

Jillian G Dennehy

Partner Basking Ridge, United States


  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • US District Court, New Jersey
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Villanova University School of Law, JD (cum laude), 2009
  • University of Virginia, BA, 2006

Jill is a Partner in the Basking Ridge office, and her practice focuses on a broad range of insurance coverage issues, including construction, environmental, product liability, toxic tort, errors and omissions, professional liability, and employment claims. She regularly provides counseling and representation to both domestic and international insurers, as well as large corporate clients, in connection with general risk analyses and civil disputes. Jill has experience in resolving complex insurance coverage matters in both state and federal courts throughout the country and through various alternative dispute resolution methods.  

Prior to joining Kennedys, Jill was an associate at a large international firm, where her practice focused on insurance fraud and bad faith claims. She graduated from Villanova University School of Law, cum laude, where she served as Managing Editor of Student Works for the Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. Jill also acted as a legal intern for the Villanova Civil Justice Clinic, providing representation to low-income clients in the greater Philadelphia area in connection with a broad range of civil disputes. Following graduation, Jill served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable William L'E Wertheimer, J.S.C., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County. Jill is an active member of the New Jersey and New York State Bar Associations.

Jill has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2019 and 2020.

Presentations and publications

  • Contributor, US Construction Defect Insurance Coverage Law Compendium (September 2019)

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for insurer in litigation involving both insured and a second tower of insurance coverage relating to a $38 million claim arising from the insured’s professional services.
  • Successfully argued and obtained summary judgment for insurer in connection with a large-scale New York construction defect claim, resulting in a finding of no coverage and a requirement that the insurer be reimbursed for approximately $1.1 million in underlying defense costs.
  • Negotiated multi-million settlement among various insurance companies and two separate insureds in connection with a claim for grave bodily injury.
  • Successfully argued motion for summary judgment for insurer based on the application of a policy’s condominium exclusion despite the lack of any published New Jersey case law on the issue.
  • Represent US and UK insurers in connection with over $150 million dollar exposure relating to hundreds of underlying gasoline-related contamination cases.
Market recognition
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    Jillian Dennehy - Rising Stars