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Anthony P. Kearns, III

Anthony P. Kearns, III

Managing Partner of Kearns Rotolo Law - Former Hunterdon County Prosecutor
  • Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Domestic Violence
  • New Jersey
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Anthony P. Kearns, III has been the managing partner of Kearns Rotolo Law since January 2022. He is a highly skilled courtroom advocate focusing on personal injury, criminal defense, family law, domestic violence and municipal matters.

Mr. Kearns is the former Hunterdon County Prosecutor and the only one to have been appointed to this position for two terms, making him Hunterdon County's longest serving prosecutor. He has earned statewide recognition as a criminal defense attorney and has the distinction of having worked on both sides of the criminal justice system. During his tenure as the county’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Mr. Kearns managed and led of team of detectives and assistant prosecutors with the goal of prosecuting and preventing criminal activities. This prosecutorial experience provides Mr. Kearns with unique insight into how the state prepares and prosecutes criminal cases, which he then uses to skillfully and powerfully defend his clients against charges.

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

Mr. Kearns also held the position of Deputy Attorney General for the Attorney General of New Jersey. As Deputy Attorney General, among other duties, 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 & Federal Courts.

Throughout his career, Mr. Kearns has been a vigorous contributor to the legal community. He has served in various positions for the Hunterdon County Bar Association. Additionally, Mr. Kearns is the NJ delegate for the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Kearns Rotolo Law
- Current
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Catholic Charities - Diocese of Metuchen
- Current
Chancellor - General Counsel
The Diocese of Metuchen
- Current
Prosecutor: Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the County
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the County
Rylak, Gianos, Kearns, and Phillips
Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey
Division of Law
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1998) | Law
Honors: Cum laude; "Transnational Law Review:" Published Article, "Customary International Law Grants the Right To Food;" Distinguished Brief Award, 1st Year Section Competition
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Loyola College
M.S. | Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling
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Saint Anselm College
B.A. | Psychology and Spanish
Honors: 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
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American Institute, Valencia, Spain
Study Abroad | Spanish
Intensive indoctrination into Spanish culture. All course work and examinations conducted in Spanish.
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New Jersey Super Lawyers
Thomson Reuters
AV Preeminent Lawyer
Superb Rating, 9.7 out of 10
Client's Choice Award
Mr. Kearns received the Avvo Client's Choice Award Badge in 2023. This award is granted to attorneys with a significant number of 4+ star reviews in a given year.
Professional Associations
Hunterdon County Bar Association
County Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee Member
- Current
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Supreme Court of New Jersey
District XIII Ethics Committee
- Current
Activities: Appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve on the District XIII Ethics Committee for Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren Counties.
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County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
New Jersey Delegate
- Current
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New Jersey State Bar Association
Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Current
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New Jersey State Bar  # 026671998
- Current
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Hunterdon County Bar Association
Executive Board
Activities: President of the Board (2009-2010)
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County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey
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Websites & Blogs
Anthony P. Kearns, III's Website Profile
Kearns Rotolo Law Website
New Jersey Injury Lawyers Blog
New Jersey Family Law Blog
Social Media
Contact & Map
Kearns Rotolo Law
502 U.S. 22
Lebanon, NJ 08833
Telephone: (908) 534-7900
Fax: (908) 534-7743
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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