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Kevin Joseph Kiernan

About me

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 chemistry, 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.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    9 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Speeding Ticket: 15%
    9 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 10%
    9 years, 200 cases
  4. Family: 8%
    3 years
  5. Other: 12%
  6. More 



Contingent (33%), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher James Welch

    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
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Nathan Edward Sweet

    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
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Silva, Kiernan & Associates, PLLC

101 West Main Street
PO Box 1072
Clinton, NC, 28329


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Magna Cum Laude - GraduationNorth Carolina State University2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSilva, Kiernan & Associates, PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerSilva, Sweet & Kiernan, PLLC2013 - 2014
Assistant District AttorneyState of NC, Fourth Prosecutorial District - Duplin2011 - 2013
Assistant District AttorneyState of NC, Fourth Prosecutorial District - Sampson2007 - 2011
Certified Legal InternDurham County District Attorney's Office2006 - 2006
Legal InternMonroe County Public Defender's Office2005 - 2005
Software DeveloperCisys, Inc.2000 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
U.S. District Court for Eastern District of NCAdmitted to Practice2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Fourth Judicial District BarExecutive Committee Member2013 - Present
Sampson County BarMember2008 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
Fourth Judicial District BarMember2007 - Present
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternityN/A2005 - Present
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)N/A2003 - Present
Sampson County BarPresident2013 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of NC v. McKenziePrevailed in Superior Court, was appealed, but our position was ultimately upheld
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, BloomingtonLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
North Carolina State UniversityComputer ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2004
Georgia Institute of TechnologyMath / EngineeringN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Campbell University - Law School ClassJuvenile Law - Abuse, Neglect, Dependency2015
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)Mock Trial Experience2015
Campbell University - Law School ClassJuvenile Law - Abuse, Neglect, Dependency2013
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)Mock Courtroom Trial Experience2013
Courtroom ExperienceBasic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)2010
Courtroom Case ExperienceBasic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)2009