Badge - Rated by Super Lawyers Victor A. Rotolo
Badge - Rated by Super Lawyers Anthony P. Kearns third
Badge - Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Badge - Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forums
Badge - New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Attorney
Badge - New Jersey's Best Lawyers For Families 2018
Badge - AV Preeminent Victor A. Rotolo 2024
Badge - Client Champion Gold 2024
Badge - Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce
Badge - Top 100 The National Trial Lawyers
Please click Award & Selection Criteria & Methodology for information regarding the specific criteria used for selection of each of the above awards.

March 2021 - Finding the Right fit When You Need a Lawyer

Choosing a Lawyer - GavelWhen you need a lawyer, it’s important to find one who is the right fit for you and your situation. Here are important considerations to help you make that choice.

Relevant experience – Choose a lawyer whose focus is in the practice area related to your situation. After all, you wouldn’t ask a real estate lawyer to help with your personal injury case or a criminal lawyer to negotiate your divorce.

Track record – Sometimes it’s in your best interest to fight your case to the furthest extent possible; other times it would benefit you to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement. Choose a lawyer with a reputation for knowing the difference because, ultimately, you want the most efficient resolution possible.

Communication skills – Communication between lawyer and client is key to any case. Your lawyer should inform you of your case’s progress, explain all available options and respond to inquiries in a timely manner. It is also important that you feel comfortable enough to openly communicate all relevant details of your situation.

Fee structure – Understand how the attorney charges - flat fee, contingency fee or hourly rate - and what those fees include. Unless on a contingency basis, ask if there is a retainer and, if so, how much. Find out the threshold for retainer replenishment and request monthly statements of your account to help avoid surprises.

Credentials – A lawyer’s credentials, affiliations and certifications can reveal such things as the jurisdictions where the lawyer can practice, the size of cases handled, and the level of experience, skill and knowledge demonstrated. For instance, a “Certified Civil Trial Attorney” designation is granted by the NJ Supreme Court only to lawyers who have:

  • been in good standing with the NJ State Bar for at least 5 years,
  • fulfilled ongoing legal education requirements,
  • demonstrated substantial involvement in preparing litigation matters,
  • demonstrated an unblemished reputation among attorneys and judges familiar with their work, and
  • passed a written civil law exam.

The right lawyer can help alleviate some of the stress inherent in any legal situation. Choose wisely.

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