Jeffrey A. Kearney

Jeffrey A. Kearney

Managing Partner
Location:
Fort Worth, Texas
Phone:
817-336-5600
Fax:
817-336-5610
Email:

JEFF KEARNEY has 40 years of practice in all areas of federal and state criminal litigation. He has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1981 and is prominently listed in:

  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward & White, Inc.), 1991-present
  • Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service), 2003-present
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell), 2009-present 
  • Mr. Kearney is experienced in defending individuals in a vast array of state criminal law prosecutions ranging from DWI to Capital Murder.

He is also experienced in representing individuals in all areas of federal criminal law ranging from white collar to drug prosecutions. In white collar criminal matters, Mr. Kearney's experience in defending executives and corporations in the areas of:

  • Comprehensive Grand Jury Investigations
  • Insurance Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Health Care Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Government Contract Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Criminal Anti-Trust Investigations
  • R.I.C.O. Prosecution and Forfeitures

Mr. Kearney was born on August 8, 1948 in Galveston, Texas. He is a 1971 graduate of Texas Christian University, and received his J.D. from Baylor University Law School in 1972. He is licensed to practice in the following courts:

  • The Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Circuits
  • Supreme Court for the United States of America

Mr. Kearney has authored or co-authored the following articles and papers:

  • "Witnesses, Opinions and Expert Testimony," presented at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute, 1986
  • "Witnesses, Opinions, Testimony, Relevancy," presented at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1987-1988
  • "Duty to Disclose: Constitutional and Ethical Considerations of Brady," presented at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1999
     
    Mr.Kearney has lectured on the following topics and presented at seminars in the following areas:
  • "Recent Decisions," at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Sex Crimes Seminar, 1986;
  • "The Court's Charge," at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Projects' D.W.I. Seminar, 1987
  • "Witnesses, Opinions and Expert Testimony," at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute Seminars, 1987-1988
  • "Witnesses, Opinions, Testimony, Relevancy," at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1987-1988 and at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's State and Federal Short Course, 1989
  • "Taking the Fifth," at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Course, 1989
  • "Jury Selection," at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1993
  • "Cross-Examination of the Government's Main Witness," at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations The Zen of Winning Seminar, 1995
  • "Cross-Examination," at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1995
  • "Pre-Trial Motions," at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations Federal Law Short Course, 1996
  • "Cross-Examination," at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1996
  • "Top 10 Tips for Winning Your Case in Jury Selection," at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Winter/Spring Seminar, 1997
  • "How to Conduct a Meaningful and Effective 30-Minute Voir Dire in a Criminal Case," at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Trial Skills Seminar, 1998
  • "Top Ten Tips for Winning Your Case in Jury Selection," at the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Top Ten Seminar, 2001
  • "Developing the Theory of the Case in Voir Dire and Opening Statements," at the Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Developing the Theory of the Case Seminar Series, 2001
  • "Opening Statements: You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression," at the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Last Chance for CLE Seminar, 2001
  • "Basic Winning - Jury Selection," Criminal Defense Advocacy Training Seminar, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 2004
  • "Voir Dire Demonstration," Jury Selection and Communicating with Jurors in Criminal Cases Seminar, The Center for American and International Law, 2004
  • "Opening Statements," Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • "Sexual Assault Voir Dire," Anatomy of the Win Seminar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2004 
     

Mr. Kearney has also served as a Faculty Teacher at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute from 1997 to Present, was Co-Director for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Federal Short Course in 1999 and the Course Director for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course in 2001.

Mr. Kearney is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (President 1985-86), the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1985-1991 and 2001-Present), and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal and State Criminal Litigation
  • White Collar
  • Drug Prosecutions
  • Grand Jury Investigations
  • Insurance Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Health Care Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Government Contract Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Criminal Anti-Trust Investigations
  • R.I.C.O. Prosecution and Forfeitures

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified - Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. - 1972
  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
    • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration - 1971

Published Works

  • Witnesses, Opinions and Expert Testimony, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute, 1986
  • Witnesses, Opinion Testimony, Relevancy, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1987
  • Duty to Disclose: Constitutional and Ethical Considerations of Brady, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1999
  • Witnesses, Opinion Testimony, Relevancy, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1988
  • Federal Narcotics and Money Laundering Offenses, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Federal Criminal Law Short Course, Presented - September, 1997

Classes/Seminars

  • Recent Decisions, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Projects' Sex Crimes Seminar, 1998
  • The Court's Charge, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Projects' D.W.I. Seminar, 1987
  • Witnesses, Opinions and Expert Testimony, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute Seminars, 1987 - 1988
  • Witnesses, Opinions, Testimony, Relevancy, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, 1987 - 1988
  • Witnesses, Opinions, Testimony, Relevancy, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's State and Federal Short Course, 1989
  • Taking the Fifth, State Bar of Texas Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Course, 1989
  • Jury Selection, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1993
  • Cross-Examination of the Government's Main Witness, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's The Zen of Winning Seminar, 1995
  • Cross-Examination, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1995 - 1996
  • Pre-Trial Motions, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Federal Law Short Course, 1996
  • Cross-Examination, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1996
  • Top 10 Tips for Winning Your Case in Jury Selection, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Winter/Spring Seminar, 1997
  • How to Conduct a Meaningful and Effective 30-Minute Voir Dire in a Criminal Case, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Trial Skills Seminar, 1998
  • Top Ten Tips for Winning Your Case in Jury Selection, Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Top Ten Seminar, 2001
  • Developing the Theory of the Case in Voir Dire and Opening Statements, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Developing the Theory of the Case Seminar Series, 2001
  • Opening Statements: You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Last Chance for CLE Seminar, 2001
  • Faculty Teacher, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute, 1997 - Present
  • Co-Director, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Federal Short Course, 1999
  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course, 2001
  • Advanced Program on Trial Advocacy in Criminal Cases, The Center for American and International Law, 2004
  • Voir Dire in a Child Sexual Assault Case, State Bar of Texas' Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, 1993
  • Winning Through Cross-Examination of the Government's Main Witness, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's the Zen of Winning Seminar, 1995
  • Winning Voir Dire, Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Trial Skills Course, 1996
  • Top Ten Tips for Winning Your Case in Jury Selection, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Winter/Spring Seminar, 1997
  • How to Conduct a Meaningful and Effective 30-Minute Voir Dire in a Criminal Case, Corpus Christi Bar Association's Criminal Law Seminar, 1997
  • How to Conduct a Meaningful and Effective 30-Minute Voir Dire in a Criminal Case, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Texas Trial Skills Seminar, 1998
  • Federal Narcotics and Money Laundering, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers association's Federal Criminal Law Short Course, 1997
  • Duty to Disclose: Constitutional and Ethical Considerations of Brady, State Bar of Texas' Advanced Criminal Law Course, 1999
  • Effective Voir Dire for Winning a Sexual Assault of a Child Case, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Sex in the Morning, Drugs in the Afternoon & Get Your DWI on Saturday Seminar, 2001
  • Effective Voir Dire for Winning a Sexual Assault of a Child Case, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Bright Lights, Black Robes & Deep Ellum Blues Seminar, 2003
  • Basic Winning Jury Selection, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Criminal Defense Advocacy Seminar, 2004
  • Developing the Theory of the Case in Voir Dire and Opening Statement, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's A Day in the Life of a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer, 2003
  • State v. C.W., Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project's Anatomy of the Win Seminar Series, 2004
  • Faculty - Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1990
  • Faculty - Sex, Drugs & DNA - Use and Abuse of Criminal Scientific Data Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 1991
  • Faculty - Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 1997 - 2004
  • Faculty - United States v. The Pharmaceutical & DME Industries, The Compliance Center, 1998
  • Faculty - Jury Selection and Communicating with Jurors, The Center for American and International Law, 2004
  • Faculty - Trial Advocacy in Criminal Cases, The Center for American and International Law, 2004
  • Course Director - Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1992
  • Course Director - Advanced Federal Criminal Law Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1995
  • Course Director - Advanced Federal Law Short Course, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1999
  • Course Director - Advanced Criminal Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Inducted into Texas Criminal Defense Hall of Fame in 2015 by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Named 2010 Lawyer of the Year Criminal Defense: White Collar Dallas, Best Lawyer in America (Woodward & White, Inc)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward & White, Inc), 1991 - Present
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law, The Marquis Who's Who Publications, 1992 - 1993
  • Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell), 2009 - Present
  • Listed in Best Lawyers Dallas/Fort Worth - D Magazine, 2003
  • An "Attorney of Excellence" by The Fort Worth Business Press, an "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth Texas magazine, December, 2003
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating Recipient, January, 1988
  • Named "Attorney of Excellence - Criminal Defense", Fort Worth Business Press, August, 2003
  • "Presidential Award" Recipient, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 1992
  • Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service), 2003-Present
  • "Top 100 in the State of Texas” in 2004 by Texas Super Lawyer (a Thomson Reuters service)
  • “Top 100 in Dallas/Fort Worth” (a Thomson Reuters service), 2003 - 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President (1985-86), Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 1972 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1985 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 1979 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 1997 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta