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Anthony P. Kearns, III

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Phone: (908) 534-7900
Fax: (908) 534-7743

502 U.S. 22
Lebanon, New Jersey 08833

Anthony P. Kearns, III joined with Victor A. Rotolo to form Kearns Rotolo Law as of January 2022. In his role as managing partner and as a highly skilled courtroom advocate, Mr. Kearns will continue to focus on matters pertaining to criminal defense, personal injury, family law, municipal matters and domestic violence.

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

While Prosecutor, Mr. Kearns 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
Prior to his tenure as Prosecutor, Mr. Kearns was a partner in the Firm of Rylak, Gianos, Kearns, & Phillips from May 2005, through December 2010, having initially joined that firm as general practitioner in December 2002. While there he focused his practice on criminal, family, and land use law and served as attorney to the Alexandria Township Board of Adjustment and the Stockton Borough Joint Planning Board/Board of Adjustment.

From March 1999 through December 2002, Mr. Kearns held the position of Deputy Attorney General for the Attorney General of New Jersey. As Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Kearns prosecuted licensees for various professional boards, as well as prosecuting for the Division of Youth & Family Services and before the Office of Administrative Law, State and Federal Courts. He also served as Counsel to Special Medical Guardian at UMDNJ Hospitals, represented the State in National Association of Attorney General actions and served as a member of the Racing Commission Task Force.

Mr. Kearns began accumulating his legal experience while a student and immediately after graduation, having worked as Assistant to the Registrar for the Norfolk County Registry of Deed in Dedham, MA; Family Law Student Attorney for the Great Boston Legal Services in Boston, MA; Prosecuting Student Attorney for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in Quincy, MA; and Law Clerk in Insurance Defense with McLeod & Mahoney on behalf of Travelers Insurance Corp. in Boston.

AV 2024 Martindale-Hubbell In 2024, Anthony P. Kearns achieved the highest rating of "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest nationally recognized legal reference company in the country. Martindale-Hubbell employs the following methodology and set of standards to determine ratings. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Methodology [No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court.]

Lawyers In 2024 Anthony P. Kearns 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 in "Super Lawyers Selection Methodology." [No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court.]

Lawyers Mr. Kearns 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. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Kearns has been a vibrant contributor to the legal community. His contributions include serving as President of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey (Sept. 2013 – Oct. 2014), and the New Jersey delegate for that Association from November 2017 to present; being a member of the Executive Board of the Hunterdon County Bar Association (Sept. 2005 – Sept. 2015), serving as President of that Board from September 2009 through September 2010.

Mr. Kearns’ commitment to his community is evidenced by his affiliation with a number community-oriented committees and organizations including the Mental Health Initiatives Inter-branch Implementation Committee, the Inter-branch Advisory Committee on Mental Health Initiatives, the Hunterdon Health Care System, Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen, Hunterdon Drug Awareness, Prevention Resources (Hunterdon), Rotary International, Knights of Columbus, Pastoral Council for Immaculate Conception Church in Clinton, NJ, the Quincy Inter-Faith Shelter Coalition, and the Literacy Skill Development Program, to name a few.

Mr. Kearns currently serves as Chancellor of the Diocese of Metuchen. He and his wife, Paula, are parents to four children.

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J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, 1998
Cum laude; "Transnational Law Review:" Published Article, "Customary International Law Grants the Right To Food;" Distinguished Brief Award, 1st Year Section Competition

M.S. (Counseling), Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, 1992

B.A. (Psychology/Spanish), St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH, 1989
Cum laude; Delta Epsilon Sigma - National Catholic Honor Society; Pi Gama Mu - National Social Science Honor Society; Sigma Delta Pi - National Spanish Honor Society; "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges;" King Edward Society - College Charitable Honor Society

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New Jersey, 1998
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1998
United States Supreme Court, 2003
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Hunterdon County Bar Association
County Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointment Committee, 2023; CLE Lecturer, 2023;Trailblazer Award Recipient; Former President of the Executive Board (2009 - 2010); Former Member of the Executive Board (2005 - 2015)

New Jersey State Bar Association

American Bar Association

What Our Clients are Saying

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.

- Lynn

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.

- Matt

Thankfully I found Kearns Rotolo Law and I had a wonderful experience working with Charles Rifici on a difficult divorce/child custody issue. I am so grateful for all the work and guidance he provided. He always took his time and diligently went through all my options with me so I could make the decisions that benefitted my family and I. I will be forever thankful for the top notch services he provided.

- Cinthya

In March of 2022 I contacted Kearns Rotolo Law Firm with an urgent problem, Mr. Kearns and Mr. Rotolo contacted me immediately to give me hope as to rectify my problem. The end result was Mr Kearns was able to solve my issue through extreme professionalism, I am very grateful I found Kearns Rotolo Law firm and I would recommend their law firm to anyone that has a less extreme problem or a more complex problem, I am very grateful for their services.

- Bill

I met with Mr. Kearns yesterday about a devastating situation affecting our family. Mr. Kearns and his entire staff made us feel extremely comfortable and showed our family a compassionate side that gave us comfort in the most uncomfortable of situations. Thank you very much. God Bless.

- Christian