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John William Kerns

John William Kerns

also known as John W. Kerns

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Federal Crime, DUI & DWI

About Me

John W. Kerns, L.L.C. in Lawrence, Kansas zealously represents individuals charge with Federal, State and Municipal Court crimes. John W. Kerns has been dedicated solely to criminal defense practice since his law career began. For experienced, thorough and zealous criminal defense representation in Kansas, call John W. Kerns, L.L.C. at (785) 856-2228 or find our website at 


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
    14 years, 4.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 33%
    14 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Federal Crime: 33%
    6 years, 30 cases



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Patrick Michael Lewis

    John is an aggressive and intelligent lawyer who leaves no stone unturned in the search to help his client. He has the integrity and knowledge one wants and deserves in an attorney. John treats each client as an individual and gives the attention necessary to achieve the best result.


    Patrick Lewis Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas J Erker

    John has earned a reputation as an extremely effective and zealous Criminal Defense Attorney. I have had the honor of working with him and I have witnessed his advocacy on behalf of his clients.


    Thomas Erker Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info

John W. Kerns, L.L.C.

1201 Wakarusa Drive
Suite E2, #105
Lawrence, KS, 66049


KSAuthorized to practice law200105/31/2015
WAResigned 200707/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Merit ScholarshipWashburn University Law School1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner AttorneyJohn W. Kerns, L.L.C.2007 - Present
AttorneySouth Central Regional Defender's Office Wichita2001 - 2007

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member2007 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member2006 - Present
Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. ConfidentialCase dismissed
State v. ConfidentialAcquittal
State v. ConfidentialAcquittal

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of KansasEnvironmental StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
University of Limerick, IrelandComparative LawN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
FED TalksCJA Voucher Best Practices2015