Mr. Kiernan served as an Assistant District Attorney (Prosecutor) for the State of North Carolina for the Fourth Prosecutorial District from 2007 through 2012. Though he began practicing in District Court in Onslow County, and also handled Juvenile Court matters in Sampson County, the bulk of his time was spent handling matters in Superior Court in Sampson and Duplin Counties. While serving as a Prosecutor, Mr. Kiernan gained invaluable experience in working with matters from simple traffic tickets to murder cases, and everything in between.
Mr. Kiernan has successfully handled several bench and jury trials as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. While actively practicing as a true courtroom advocate, Kiernan also continues to research the evolving areas of law, especially in the fields of criminal defense and bankruptcy, in order to be able to provide the pinnacle of legal advocacy and counsel to his clients in those matters. Indeed, Kiernan played an instrumental role in the developing area of double jeopardy jurisprudence in relation to DWI charges, leading to an appellate ruling mirroring his arguments from the Superior Court level. More recently, Kiernan is now again involved in an unsettled area of jurisprudence regarding traffic stops in relation to search and seizure that is entering appellate review.
With a strong background in mathematics, engineering, and computer science, Kiernan is able to draw from those logic based areas of study and apply the same concepts to the practice of law, allowing for well-planned, sound, creative, and most importantly successful legal strategies for his clients' cases.
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Kevin is one of the sharpest attorneys I know. Frankly, it was a shame when he left the DA's office as it was not only challenging to have him on the other side of a case but also a pleasure to work with him. If you are looking for an intelligent, ethical and hard-working lawyer, I would recommend Kevin.
Christopher Welch Criminal Defense Attorney
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Kevin Kiernan is the kind of lawyer that everyone in the legal community respects. This is because of Kevin's work ethic and his superior intellect. It is no secret that as an Assistant District Attorney he was the prosecutor that other Assistant District Attorneys, from several different counties away, called to answer complex legal questions. There are not many lawyers out there who have tried everything from traffic tickets to murder cases. There are many attorneys who talk to the talk, but Kevin has the experience AND intellect to get you the best result possible. This is why Matt Silva and I of Silva, Sweet & Kiernan pursued him as a law partner and asked him to open an office in Clinton, North Carolina. Kevin is the attorney you should call for all your legal needs.
Nathan Sweet Criminal Defense Attorney
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Magna Cum Laude - Graduation||North Carolina State University||2004|
|Partner||Silva, Kiernan & Associates, PLLC||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Silva, Sweet & Kiernan, PLLC||2013 - 2014|
|Assistant District Attorney||State of NC, Fourth Prosecutorial District - Duplin||2011 - 2013|
|Assistant District Attorney||State of NC, Fourth Prosecutorial District - Sampson||2007 - 2011|
|Certified Legal Intern||Durham County District Attorney's Office||2006 - 2006|
|Legal Intern||Monroe County Public Defender's Office||2005 - 2005|
|Software Developer||Cisys, Inc.||2000 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|U.S. District Court for Eastern District of NC||Admitted to Practice||2013 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Sampson County Bar||President||2013 - Present|
|Fourth Judicial District Bar||Executive Committee Member||2013 - Present|
|Sampson County Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Admitted to Practice||2007 - Present|
|Fourth Judicial District Bar||Member||2007 - Present|
|Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)||N/A||2003 - Present|
|State of NC v. McKenzie||Prevailed in Superior Court, was appealed|
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|Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|North Carolina State University||Computer Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||2004|
|Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)||Math / Engineering||N/A||N/A|
|Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)||Mock Trial Experience||2015|
|Campbell University - Law School Class||Juvenile Law - Abuse, Neglect, Dependency||2013|
|Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)||Mock Courtroom Trial Experience||2013|
|Courtroom Experience||Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)||2010|
|Courtroom Case Experience||Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)||2009|