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Anthony Paul Kearns

Criminal defense Attorney at Lebanon, NJ

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Anthony P. Kearns, Anthony Kearns

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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1998
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About Anthony

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AS A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AND THE FORMER TWO-TERM HUNTERDON COUNTY PROSECUTOR, I HAVE WORKED BOTH SIDES OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

I joined with Victor Rotolo to form Kearns Rotolo Law as of January 2022. In my role as managing partner, I will continue to focus on matters pertaining to criminal defense, family law, personaly injury, and municipal matters.

Former Two-term Hunterdon County Prosecutor

As a criminal defense attorney with statewide recognition, I have earned the distinction of having worked both sides of the criminal justice system. A former Hunterdon County Prosecutor, I was the only one to have been appointed to this position for two terms, making me Hunterdon’s longest serving prosecutor. As the county’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, I managed and led of team of assistant prosecutors and detectives with the goal of detecting, prosecuting and preventing criminal activities. This experience gives me unique insight into how the state prepares and prosecutes criminal cases, which I will use to mount skilled and powerful defenses of the charges against my clients.

 

While Prosecutor, I was invested in improving the quality of life for all residents of Hunterdon County and worked in partnership with other local leaders to implement several community programs designed to achieve that. Among those programs were:

  • Arson Task Force
  • Bureau of Professional Standards – to streamline internal affairs for all law enforcement agencies in the county
  • Burglary Task Force
  • C.I.T. – Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement officers
  • Crime Stoppers of Hunterdon County
  • Houses of Worship Security Initiative
  • L.E.A.P. – Law Enforcement Adolescent Program
  • Mental Health Diversionary Program
  • Narcan Deployment Initiative
  • On Call Clergy Program
  • One Voice – a faith-based program
  • Safe Campus Initiative – for school security standard response protocol
  • S.T.a.R. – Specialized Training and Registration for persons with emotional disabilities or mental illness
  • S.T.A.R.T. – Steps to Action and Recovery

In 2024 I was selected to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers list is generated by the Thomson Reuters organization according to the methodology and set of standards set forth here: https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection-process/.

 

Additionally, I was chosen for membership to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2024, an invitation-only professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet precise qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers.

 

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Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

Kearns Rotolo Law

Reviews

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Posted by Matt | March 10, 2023
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Client
Tony was excellent! He was knowledgeable, responsive and on-time. His experience as a County Prosecutor definitely helped our case as he knows how the legal system works and how to navigate. I highly recommend Tony and his office.
Response from Anthony Kearns April 21, 2023
Hi Matt, Thank you for your 5-star review. We appreciate the recommendation!
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2023
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Greg
Tony and his team are 2nd to none! They not only help you through the issue but hold your hand and help you through the tough mental aspects of it as well. They are compassionate every step of the way. This is a tough time for all and they take some of the pain out of the process. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2023
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Ms.
Professional. Responsive. Accountable. Transparent. Knows the law and community. Staff was supportive.
Response from Anthony Kearns June 29, 2023
Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review for me and the staff at Kearns Rotolo Law. We appreciate the trust you placed in us. It is very much appreciated.
Posted by Alison | June 14, 2023
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Probationary speeding ticket
I can’t thank this firm enough!! We used them for a traffic violation that my son got. I was hopeless! All I can say is that they put my mind at ease and basically took care of the situation. In my opinion they’re the best!! Thank you
Response from Anthony Kearns June 29, 2023
Hi Alison, Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review for Kearns Rotolo Law. We appreciate the trust you placed in us and are so happy you were satisfied with the results.
Posted by Lynn | May 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Approachable, straight-shooter
When I met Tony, what I noticed first and what continued until the close of my file was that he was confident, but approachable. Finding yourself in a situation where you need an attorney can be full of stress and anxiety. Tony listened carefully to details, spoke honestly and gently about options and educated me at times with compassion when my understanding or expectations needed to be tempered. He did an outstanding job on my behalf, because of years of experience and (I assume) his vast professional network. Every person at Kearns Rotololaw, including and especially his assistant Lisa Nowell, were clear, helpful, efficient and exceptionally detail-oriented. They kept pace with the needs of my case and ensured I had everything I needed to be prepared at every turn. I was very proud to be represented by Tony and felt secure at a time I needed a compass to head out of a difficult bind. Confidence in your counsel and a sense of security in understanding how best to proceed are important reasons to consider Anthony Kearns and his team of outstanding lawyers.
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Response from Anthony Kearns May 4, 2023
Hi Lynn, thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience with Kearns Rotolo Law and in particular, Anthony Kearns. We appreciate the trust you placed in us at a very stressful time in your life and are so happy you were satisfied with the level of counsel you received.
Posted by Al | March 31, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service, but more importantly good people
The staff is welcoming, friendly, and compassionate. The attorneys are understanding, detail oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. My case could not have been in better hands.
Response from Anthony Kearns April 21, 2023
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Kearns Rotolo Law. We were happy to help you with your case and appreciate your business.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Kearns Rotolo Law
  • 2022 - Present
  • Chancellor
  • Diocese of Metuchen
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • The Anthony P. Kearns Law Group, PC
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Hunterdon County, NJ
  • 2010 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Rylak, Gianos, Kearns & Phillips
  • 2002 - 2010
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • Attorney General, NJ
  • 1999 - 2002
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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Loyola College
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1992
  • St. Anselm College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Associations

  • District XIII Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2024 - Present
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association, Awards/Scholarship Oversight Committee
  • Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association, Judicial & Prosecutorial Appointments Committee
  • Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association, Criminal Practice Committee
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen
  • Chairman of the Board
  • 2021 - Present
  • Diocese of Metuchen
  • Chancellor
  • 2019 - Present
  • County Prosecutors Office of New Jersey
  • Delegate - New Jersey
  • 2017 - Present
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2017 - Present
  • Mental Health Initiatives Inter-branch Implementation Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Prevention Resources of Hunterdon
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2011 - Present
  • Hunterdon Drug Awareness
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Licensed
  • 2003 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Executive Officer
  • 1999 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Licensed
  • 1998 - Present
  • Hunterdon Health Care System
  • Member, Board of Trustees
  • 2017 - 2021
  • County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Inter-branch Advisory Committee on Mental Health Initiatives
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Immaculate Conception Church
  • School Advisory Committee, Pastoral Council
  • 2009 - 2021
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Rotary International - Rotary Club of Whitehouse
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association, Executive Board
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2022
  • Quincy Inter-faith Shelter Coalition
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Literacy Skill Development Program
  • Member
  • 1992 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • New Jersey Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2024
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2024
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2024
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2023
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Publications

  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Pills to Heroin
  • 2013
  • Transnational Lawyer
  • Customary International
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Hunterdon County Bar Association, CLE
  • No Judges, (or, not nearly enough Judges), No Trials, No Problem!: Alternative Ways to Resolve Your Matters
  • 2023
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association
  • Annual Meeting-Attendee
  • 2021
  • County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
  • Annual Meeting-Attendee
  • 2021
  • Community Showing Event
  • The Fentanyl Factor
  • 2020
  • Conference
  • Dangers of Social Media
  • 2019
  • Community Outreach
  • Dangers of Marijuana
  • 2019
  • Annual Conference
  • Involving the Faith Community in Community Policing Actions
  • 2019
  • Annual Speaker (2012 - 2018)
  • Teen Safety
  • 2018
  • Annual Professional Conference
  • Drug Awareness
  • 2018
  • Annual Presentations (2013 -2018)
  • Safe Communities
  • 2018
  • Annual Conferences (2012 - 2018)
  • Marijuana, suicide, alcohol and opioids
  • 2018
  • Speaking Engagement
  • Dangers of Social Media
  • 2017
  • Safe Communities Coalition
  • Need for Narcan
  • 2017
  • Documentary and Conference
  • Pills to Heroin
  • 2017
  • County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 2017
  • Community Presentation
  • Community Policing - A Faith-based Initiative
  • 2017
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association
  • Annual Bar Meeting Presider
  • 2015
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Lebanon Criminal defense Lawyer Anthony Paul Kearns
Anthony Paul Kearns
Criminal defense Attorney
Lebanon, NJ
Licensed for 25 years
Virtual consultation available