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Kurt Patrick Kerns

Criminal defense Attorney at Wichita, KS

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State KS
    Acquired 1991
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One of our inalienable rights under the law is that we are presumed innocent – until proven guilty in a court of law. Unfortunately, even being accused of a crime can make people look at you differently. The government will do all it can to convict you, and your reputation may be harmed.

At Kerns Law Group, we defend your freedom – as well as your good name. We have experience representing people all around the United States and throughout the world, including those who have faced even the most serious criminal charges.

 

As a respected criminal defense attorney with decades of experience in the industry, Kurt Kerns knows how to win some of the most challenging cases. Kurt has earned the esteem of his peers on both sides of the aisle with his many victories in complex, high-profile cases, including international crimes, major drug offenses, federal violations, and murder.

In federal court, Kurts’ skill, determination, and expert guidance have enabled his clients to avoid conviction in ten consecutive jury trials. He has had fourteen murder trials taken to a jury, of those, ten of his clients were acquitted and two were convicted of lesser manslaughter charges.

As the founding member of the Kerns Law Group, Kurt Kerns and his team maintain offices in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, as well as The Hague in the Netherlands. You can find him listed in Best Lawyers in America, and he’s been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for ten years running. Kurt has also earned an AV Preeminent Rating, the highest and most sought-after designation under the Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.

Despite his career success and reputation as one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the US, Kurt continues to seek out further training and knowledge related to his field. He has completed additional and extensive legal training at the National Criminal Defense College, as well as Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, where he is currently on staff.

For several years, Kurt proudly served on the board of governors for the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he currently holds a lifetime membership to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Kurt Kerns is not only renowned in the US, but he is also a respected international criminal defense attorney. He is often called to practice before the International War Crime Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Only 26 attorneys from the US are authorized to appear in the International Criminal Court, and he is one of them. Most recently, he defended Commander Vinko Martinovic in a landmark case.

Kurt Kerns frequently lends his knowledge and expertise in criminal defense seminars across the United States. Previously, he has served as a valued and expert commentator on A&E American Justice and Court TV. As a persuasive, successful, and internationally renowned criminal defense attorney, he has earned the respect of clients, jurors, and judges alike.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Location

AKM&W Independent Practitioners
328 N Main St
Wichita, KS, 67202-1509

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Posted by Kristin | April 12, 2024
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Kurt Kerns is very professional
Mr. Kerns is currently representing me. His professionalism is outstanding. I can rest at night knowing my case is in good hands.
Posted by Cindy | August 16, 2023
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Phenomenal Attorney
Before hiring Kurt for our son's case, I was told by many different people what an excellent attorney he is, and that this difficult case would be handled. I had no idea how true those words were. The outcome far exceeded our expectations, or what we had even hoped for. To say he is excellent is an understatement!
Posted by Carla | October 18, 2019
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Amazing!
By the time I scheduled my consultation with Kurt, I had already hired 1 criminal law firm, a public defender and countless consultations with other lawyers. I was feeling discouraged because not one of them seemed to care or hear the whole situation. As soon as the elevator door opened and Kurt came out to shake my hand I immediately knew he was the one that would listen. We sat down in his office and discussed my situation. After hearing what was going on Kurt immediately knew I was speaking the truth and had the evidence to back it up. I had a huge sigh of relief and hired him to represent me in what has been the worst year of my life between all of the criminal accusations and the civil lawsuit that I am still fighting. Fast forward to my Criminal Preliminary Hearing. I was so nervous going to the courthouse but as soon as Kurt arrived I felt as ease. Kurt was amazing. I think we both were prepared for the judge to rule in favor of a trial. What felt like an eternity the judge finally spoke. He said dismissed on both counts. I was in shock and really wasn’t sure I heard correctly. As Kurt and I were waiting for the elevator I had to ask him if what I heard was right. He stated yes and all I wanted to do was give him a huge hug. Kurt is an amazing lawyer but also a great person. I am grateful to have had him recommended to me because I do not know how everything would have turned out. He took the time to listen and review the facts and defended an innocent person. Although I am very happy to not have had a trial, I honestly wish I could have seen him in the nitty gritty of a trial. If you are innocent you need to hire Kurt Kerns. He will do what it takes to make sure you are represented to the fullest. Now I know why he is only 1 of a very few American Lawyers that practices at The Hague. Thank you Kurt! CD
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Posted by Vickia | August 28, 2017
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If nothing but the BEST will do, hiring Kurt P. Kerns is a MUST!
If you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer, you would be doing your self a disservice not to choose Kurt P. Kerns and his power team. He represented my boyfriend in one of the biggest federal cases in the Northern District of Oklahoma. It was an extremely scary time as my boyfriend faced 30 years to life in federal prison and the government had 20,000 pages of evidence plus 16,000 recordings, to make that happen. Kurt told me from the beginning that we may lose small battles during the case, but would "kick ass and win the war"...HE DELIVERED on that! My boyfriend, with the support of Kurt and Ian, took on the federal government in trial and WON!! My boyfriend is at home with his friends and family, where he belongs. Kurt is indeed the type of attorney you want on your case. I would highly recommend him to ANYONE needing criminal defense (State or Federal). He has also become our friend for life. Thank you, Kurt!
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Kerns Law Group
  • 2018 - Present
  • Founder
  • Warrior Lawyers International
  • 2015 - Present

Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 1999
  • Washburn University School of Law
  • J.D.,
  • 1991
  • University of Kansas
  • 1988

Associations

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Instructor
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Courageous Attorney Award
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Inside the Minds- Defense Strategies for Drug Crimes
  • 2010
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Criminal Law Handbook
  • 2006
  • Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life is Vague in the Hague
  • 2006

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Wichita Criminal defense Lawyer Kurt Patrick Kerns
Kurt Patrick Kerns
Criminal defense Attorney
Wichita, KS
Licensed for 32 years