Mr. Kearns is a graduate of Saint
Peter's College [Jersey City NJ] where he received his
B.S. in American History & Political Science and of
the School of Law [Newark NJ] of Rutgers University where
he received his Juris Doctor degree.He is admitted to practice
before the Courts of New Jersey as well as before the US
District Court, US Court of Appeals, US Tax Court and US
Mr. Kearns is Senior Partner in the firm of Kearns, Vassallo, & Kearns,
located in Willingboro, Burlington County, New Jersey.
He is the General Counsel for the New Jersey State League
of Municipalities and is the Municipal Attorney for Florence
Township. He has served as Municipal Attorney for Willingboro
Township and as Special Counsel and as Planning Board or
Zoning Board of Adjustment attorney for several municipalities.
He is the attorney for two Municipal Joint Insurance Funds.
Mr. Kearns serves on the Privacy Study Commission mandated
by the Open Public Records Act, and is Chair of the Commission's
He was elected to three terms as a member of the Township
Council in Willingboro, where he has also served twice
as Mayor and has served on the Planning Board. He has served
as Chair of both the Local Government Law Section and the
Women's Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Task Force
on Women in the Courts. He is a Past President of the International
Municipal Lawyers Association and a Senior Trustee of the
New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys.
Mr. Kearns is a Past President of the Burlington County
Bar Association, the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce,
the Burlington County United Way, and Family Service of
Burlington County. He has received numerous awards and
honors for his community service. He is one of nine attorneys
from across the country to be the first to received the
designation as a “Local Government Fellow” of
the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He has
been awarded the “Diplomate in Local Government Law” by
the New Jersey Institute of Municpial Attorneys and is
the recipient of the 2001 Fred G. Stickel Award for excellence
in Local Government Law.
He has lectured and written on a number of local government
and legal topics for the Rutgers Center for Government
Services, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal
Education, the New Jersey Municipal Law Review, the New
Jersey State League of Municipalities, the International
Municipal Lawyers Association and the University of Wisconsin
College of Engineering Continuing Education Program. He
serves on the Curriculum Committee and teaches courses
in Land Use and Municipal Procedure for the Diplamate
in Municipal Law program. In addition, he has been the author
of a wine column and a classical music column.