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Frank R Kearney

Workers compensation Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   29 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    A dedicated advocate for working people and their families, Frank R. Kearney represents workers injured on the job or the families of workers killed due to work accidents in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Mr. Kearney has taught and written about workers compensation law.

    29 years

  2. Medical malpractice
    Frank R. Kearney, a founding partner of Donahoe Kearney, LLP is Board Certified, Civil Trials, by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Kearney represents victims of medical malpractice, especially children in cases involving birth injuries and trauma and cerebral palsy, as well as families of love ones lost due to wrongful death, failure to diagnose cancer, and pulmonary embolism.

    29 years

  3. Personal injury

    29 years

A Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Mr. Kearney represents children and families who have been victims of medical malpractice, workers hurt on the job and people who have been seriously injured in accidents.

Mr. Kearney is a long time workers' rights advocate and author of the 115 page book Protect Your Rights, The Ultimate Guide to D.C. Workers' Compensation.  He continues to represent injured workers and people seriously injured or killed in preventable accidents.

Mr. Kearney's work with children who have cerebral palsy and other disabilities led him to publish a parent's guide to resources in the D.C. area, Getting Everything Your Special Needs Child Deserves.  Rather than sell this valuable resource guide, he gives it away to any family with a special needs child in the D.C. area.

We believe our cases are about more than fair compensation for patients, workers and families.  Through our cases we try to change the way hospitals, HMOs and employers do things in the future - by putting patients' safety and workers' safety first.





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Licensed for 29 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 07/12/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 06/08/2022
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1993
Updated 10/01/2022
State PA
Status Retired
Acquired 1995
Updated 10/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Donahoe Kearney, LLP
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 900
Washington, DC, 20006
Donahoe Kearney, LLP
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Ste 900
Washington, DC, 20006
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5.0 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Posted by Sarah | March 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Reccomend!
We love Frank Kearney's Newsletter that we receive monthly. Excellent attorney, Injured Workers Law Firm sends all of our DC referrals their way!
Posted by Mohamed | October 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and reasonable.
I highly recommend hiring the Donahoe Kearney law firm to anyone who is suffering with workman's compensation dilemmas. Frank, Priscilla, Brooke and even the receptionists are all wonderful with answering questions, easing apprehension, and allowing you to be part of the process. Priscilla updated me through weekly phone calls and constant emails. It was important to feel like the staff was working for my benefit and I felt that with this team. They truly excelled with their services! They succeeded in getting me the treatment that I deserved and handled the case with professionality and purpose! I wish everyone the best of luck and hope your experience with this team is just as good as mine was! Mohamed Abodour
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Posted by Richard | September 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard Mooney
I recently sustained a serious injury to my shoulder after slipping and falling at my workplace. Along with medical treatment I knew I needed legal advice as well, but since I had never been seriously injured at work before I didn't know where or to whom I should turn to for help. During my random internet search for an attorney I came across the Donahoe- Kearney website. The website was very informative and seemed to speak to all of my questions and concerns. I was so impressed that I contacted Frank Kearney for an appointment. Both Venessa and Brooke, Frank's staff, were very kind, supportive and professional as they lead me thru the preliminary interview process, and set up my appointment. From the very beginning my association with Frank Kearney concerning my injury has been marked by these two most striking attributes: #1-- Frank Kearney has taken ownership. He has made my problem ; his problem. #2-- Competence. His experience, focus and confidence is impressive. Frank is a winner. I would highly recommend the Donanhoe Kearney Law firm to anyone seeking representation in a workman's compensation claim. I am very grateful for all of Frank Kearney's efforts on my behalf.
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Posted by Carla | September 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased
After hiring this team, I found them all to be courteous, attentive , responsive, knowledgeable, and most of all effective.
Posted by Lamont | July 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Workers Comp Attorney!
I had an injury at work and was going through the workers comp process on my own. As the case was coming to an end I had a feeling that the insurance company was just trying to save money and close the case, so I reached out to Mr. Kearney. He and his staff definitely had my best interest at hand, and were able to negotiate a settlement much higher than what the insurance company would have given me on my own. They kept me up to date through out the entire process, and gave me reasonable expectations as well. I am extremely pleased not only with the results of the case but also with the personable service that I received from Mr. Kearney. He is highly recommended no matter where you are in your case!
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Posted by Jessica | March 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
After a not so good experience with another attorney that didn’t seem to have my best interests at the forefront, I found Mr. Kearney through this very website. In the midst of dealing with a life changing accident and navigating Workers Comp, it was reassuring to know that my case and wellbeing were finally in good hands. Mr. Kearney and his staff are wonderful. They will work hard on your behalf and communicate with you every step of the way. I can’t thank them enough!
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Posted by Kourtnay | October 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Make your appointment now!
I’m that person who reads reviews to get informed. I was very skeptical about holding an attorney from the review add. However, I was involved in a serious work injury and had no idea where to go. I read the reviews for Mr. Kearney and decided to give it a chance. It was the best decision I made. Every step of the way, Mr. Kearney and his staff kept me informed of my options and the process. You will get discouraged and frustrated, but if you have Mr. Kearney on your side, your worries and doubts will turn into a win. I know this because that what I experienced. The staff is kind, courteous, and always attentive to any questions or concerns. Go ahead, and make the appointment. You will not be disappointed. Tell them I said hello.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
I would like to extend my gratitude to Attorney Frank Kearney and his team for the excellent work performed on my behalf. From day one, when I placed my phone call to his office, I knew I was in good hands. I am a Nurse and I sustained a back injury on the job while assisting a patient. My injury caused me to suffer from extreme pain with lower extremity weakness. I was out from work for months on workers compensation and I had no intention of retaining an attorney because I was not aware that I should probably consult with one. No one tells you these things, especially when you think you will get better and return to work in a short period of time. That was not the case for me. Several months after being out for my injury I was notified by the workers comp office that the insurance medical examiner (IME) that they sent me to for a follow-up evaluation had concluded that I was no longer injured and could return to work. The IME report said I could resume my full-time duties without further treatment or evaluation. The fact is, I clearly expressed to the IME my condition had not improved and I was not ready to return to work at that time. In shock, I wondered how cold and calculating the decision was to send me back to work still injured and in pain. The more I wondered the more I got upset. My employer wanted me to return work per what the IME concluded. I refused to return to work in my condition and they refused to offer me physical therapy and/or any assistance to help me get better to return to work. I knew I needed help fast. They terminated the workers comp benefits and I would not be paid until I returned to work. At this point all of my funding sources were depleted including my retirement and savings. It was time to find an attorney. Attorney Kearney was recommended to me by another attorney in Maryland. Once I contacted his office to schedule a consultation I was sent a book called “Protecting Your Rights”. After consulting with his team and reading the book I really got the courage I needed to move forward with my case. I could now see a light at the end of the tunnel! Attorney Kearney informed me during our first meeting that I had a 50 percent chance at winning my case due to the fact so many months had gone by after being injured. Again, I wish I had known to consult with an attorney at the beginning when I was first injured, but it is common not to know until something goes awry. I trusted that he would do all he could to help me and I was comforted in knowing that. As the weeks went by I felt assured we were moving in the right direction with my case. I now had the strength to hold on and maintain a positive outlook because Attorney Kearney and his team always communicated with me and kept me informed on the work they were doing with my case. They never made me feel neglected or alone in the process, and they welcomed my phone calls and constant questions. In the end things did work out for me and my case was decided out of court in my favor. I highly recommend this law firm because they value their clients and provide the utmost respect and integrity in handling your case. They are truly professional, honest, understanding, and helpful to those in need of their assistance. I am now able to focus on getting well and putting my life back together. What a blessing, thank you so much!
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Posted by Roberto | August 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Workman's Compensation Lawyer in DC
I was injured at work, I was very naïve and ignorant about hiring a lawyer to work for my benefit but after worker's compensation from work and the adjuster of my employer's insurer and did not get the treatment I deserved as well as I was out of work for quite sometime and used all my PTO/Vacation time due to my injury I decided to ask around for a good lawyer and was referred by a friend to Mr. Frank Kearney who on my first meeting was I earned my trust, he was very professional and honest about my case, he answered all my questions, gave me time frame and worked right on it and delivered. He is very tenacious, hardworking in dealing and working on my case so that for my best interest. He is the best workman's compensation lawyer in District of Columbia.
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Response from Frank Kearney August 22, 2017
Thanks Roberto! It's been a pleasure having you as a client!
Posted by Edward | November 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great result
Frank did a great job with my case. From the initial assessment through the trial, he understood the facts of the case and the law exceptionally well. He laid out a clear strategy for approaching the matter and handled the obstacles the insurance company put in our way like a true professional. His explanations of what to expect were always dead on. I was glad to have him on my side.
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Posted by Sylvia | August 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Kearney is a brilliant workman's compensation attorney
I was injured at work and contacted Mr Kearney to handle my case. He defended me zealously. He explained the issues involved in my injury case and gave me confidence.
Posted by Paul | July 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best personal injury atterney EVER!
It is with great pleasure that I am writing this review for Frank Kearney. Mr. Kearney was my personal injury attorney and I am eternally thankful for the outstanding job Frank did representing me in this case. This whole process was arduous and often unfair, but I was always in good hands with Frank and his amazing team. Mr. Kearney was always professional, kind and very responsive. If I ever had a question or needed reassurance (which I did a lot), Frank never failed to find time to speak to me on the phone or in person. His paralegal, Claudia, is the hardest working and sincerest person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Frank and his team did a tremendous job! Although, it will never substitute for the physical heath and future job opportunities lost, I am so grateful for the compensation Frank negotiated on my behalf. Not once has Mr. Kearney took “no” for an answer or cowered to the insurance company’s demands. Frank shielded me from the bully-case manager and fought hard for me to be seen by the doctors NOT affiliated by the insurance company. Mr. Kearny was truly on my side and had my best interests in mind. He never asked me to settle, was patient, professional, thorough and extremely knowledgeable. Frank, Claudia, Team, I really cannot thank you enough for caring so much. You have my deepest respect and admiration. If you need an outstanding attorney to represent you and fight on YOUR side, look no further….Frank is your guy!
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Posted by Nancy | February 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client of Mr. Kearney's
I was working in DC when I was injured. Not living there I didn't know any lawyers but when I started having problems with workers comp. I knew I had to find a lawyer in DC. I contacted Mr. Kearney's office and he called me. I explained my situation to him and he explained how the process worked. I hired Mr. Kearney and he has been helping me get the tests I have needed and the doctors I have needed to see. I have known him for 5 years now and he has helped me a lot. If it wasn't for his hard work I would have never been able to get the medical care I have been able to receive. If you have been hurt on the job you definitely need him. There is no way you can get workers comp. to work with you. Worker's Comp. would deny the tests my doctor wanted also the treatment they wanted me to have. Once Mr. Kearney was my lawyer and the one dealing with worker's comp. things began to get done. I got the treatment I needed and if any problems came up all I had to do was call the office and he would take care of the issue. I highly recommend him. Mr. Kearney is still my lawyer and he is still working to help me.
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Posted by Tom | January 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Frank was responsive and diligent. He or his staff quickly got required approval from insurance company for all procedures. He was successful at negotiating a successful settlement on my workers comp case.
Posted by Tia | January 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The most amazing team ever!!!!
Let me first begin by saying not only is Mr.Kearney a great attorney but his staff is incredibly amazing. I stumbled across this law firm on Google after a terrible accident while waiting tables. I was 21, a new mom, and enjoying life until my accident. I was told by the job which doctors to see, where to get my prescriptions, which procedures I had to do. Until Mr.Kearney saved my life after 8 months of care by a workers compensation orthopedic doctor Mr.Kearney informed me of my rights and from there we were off to get me feeling better. Never did he have me feel uncomfortable and I can say I put my complete trust in him that I was doing the right things. He was always available to talk and if he was in court his staff always went above and beyond to resolve any questions or concerns. You need that type of support when your clueless to these laws. I was offered an implant by the insurance company and Mr.Kearney called me and said "I don't care how much money they offer, is this what you want to do?/ Is this device the best fit for you?" And at that moment I thought to myself wow this man isn't just my attorney he's a genuine human being that actually cares about me!!! Wow!!! I'm pleased to say almost 8 years later and Mr.Kearney and his staff are still a very important part of my life. It took me 5 years to work again but I did It and without Mr.Kearney and his staff I'd probably be in a bad place of hopelessness. I'm pleased to say I am up walking like never before all thanks to this amazing team. Thanks guys
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Posted by Jessica | August 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Trusting Lawyer
Mr. Kearney helped me every step of the way through my worker's compensation case. I was feeling completely overwhelmed with the insurance company and the nurse case manager and once I had help from Mr. Kearney and his office, my mind was at ease and I knew I was in capable hands. He went above and beyond my expectations and really fought for what was fair in my case.
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Posted by Jason | July 9, 2015
The Best!
I am a mid career Manager at a Retail company. I was unfortunately injured at work bad enough my injury requires neck surgery. As if the prospect of neck surgery at the age of 36 was not enough, I received NO support & limited assistance from my employer & their 3rd party Insurance company that handles Workers Comp claims for them. Despite medical evidence in my favor & a great track record with my company, my claim was promptly denied by the Insurance company. I was very naive on the process which made me waste valuable time thinking my company would "take care of me". After realizing I was left to fend for myself, I contacted a couple of lawyers to seek advice on my "complex" case, with Mr. Kearney being one of them. Even in the beginning, prior to Mr. Kearney accepting me as a client, he was nice enough to point out common mistakes & pitfalls many uninformed, unrepresented workers make that delay or negate their respective cases. That information was huge as I was still communicating with the insurance carrier, to my own detriment. As time progressed & Mr. Kearney accepted me as a client, he was quickly able to earn my complete trust, which is not an easy thing to do, especially while I was going through the emotional/mental letdown of realizing my company, whom I gave my all to, did not support me in my time of need. My case took a few months to be heard in front of a Judge to decide whom would be held liable, but during those months Mr. Kearney & his staff stayed in constant contact with me, encouraging me when the future looked bleak, advising me as issues arose & supporting me in any way they could. When you are hurt, financially strained & somewhat "broken", having a team like them on your side is not just advised, it is necessary. Mr. Kearney was able to work out an agreement prior to my hearing, with me receiving every benefit I asked for, medically & financially! A total win, finally. My "case" is still ongoing, medical procedures to come, but I have the utmost faith & confidence that I will receive what is rightfully owed to me. This will ensure my family & I do not have to worry about our future & the ability to provide for my family as a healthy, able bodied man, which was totally in doubt just a few months ago. In closing, if you are looking for a lawyer that looks at you like a number or just another client, look elsewhere! If you want someone that will fight for you, not back down an inch & not settle for less, Mr. Kearney is your man! He does not only come highly recommended, he is essential.
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Posted by Frank | March 23, 2015
Trust this Lawyer
He was my last hope and he came thru with my deepest thanks. Frank did not chastise or lawyer speak to me for all the potential road blocks that my unique situation bought to the table he moved forward with the case and hit a homer out of the Park. There is a reason he does not need to advertise. Like anyone who has done great work for someone he is referred with conviction so if a friend or someone who needs a pro his name is always the first out to someone in need. Frank certainly earned that trust from me! Thanks
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Posted by Anthony | February 14, 2015
Outstanding Professional Who Goes Above And Beyond To Ensure You Are Completely Satisfied!
Words cannot express the debt of gratitude I owe to Mr. Kearney. I was involved in a work related accident which was denied by my employer. At a time when I was at my lowest, Frank could not have been more supportive. I found Frank to be highly professional, empathetic, supportive, and detail oriented. He walked me through every step of the process, and never gave up on me. He remained true to his word. He never pushed me, or made me decide on anything that I was not in agreement with. I highly recommend Frank. You will not be disappointed with his services!
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Posted by Orin | October 31, 2014
Great Attorney to Have on Your Side
When I first started with my legal quest, there were so many unsure feelings about the road ahead. Attorney Kearney helped me to receive just compensation for an on- the- job injury. He assured me that my main concern should be to get well and to leave the legal matters to him. He guided me on the process in a way which I could understand. There were no promises, but there were many assurances. His office personnel are the best. They were always pleasant and readily available to assist me with the numerous issues encountered. I always felt comfortable and reassured by them. I appreciate the great followups. They are the best. Attorney Kearney is my legal representative and I will always remember him and his staff for any future referrals or assistance.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Donahoe Kearney, LLP
  • 2005 - Present


  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Duquesne University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Taylor v. Naccashe
  • $6,500,000.00 verdict


  • DC Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


  • D.C. Superlawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyers Washington, D.C.
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Board Certified, Civil Trials
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2007


  • Protect Your Rights: The Injured Worker's Guide to D.C. Workers' Compensation
  • Book
  • 2009
  • D.C. Practice Manual Workers Compensation Chapter
  • D.C. Workers Compensation
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • D.C. Workers Compensation CLE
  • D.C. Workers Compensation law for attorneys
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Medical malpractice Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Frank Kearney as a lawyer for almost 20 years and I am always impressed by the quality of his legal work. He has had incredible success on behalf of his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Frank and I have worked on some cases together and we continue to refer matters to him in states where he is licensed, but we are not. Frank is smart and his team is wonderful. You will find that he is low key in the office, and you will find him easy to speak to. Don't be alarmed, however, he is also very well prepared and aggressive in the courtroom."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Frank for over 10 years and consider him to be among the best in his field of practice."

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Washington Workers compensation Lawyer Frank R Kearney
Frank R Kearney
Workers compensation Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 29 years
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