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William John Kearns, Jr.

William John Kearns, Jr., a founding partner of the Kearns, Vassallo, Guest & Kearns law firm, is admitted to practice before the trial, appellate, and Supreme Courts of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He focuses his practice on local government, municipal land use, and business clients. He is a graduate of St. Peter's College and the Rutgers University School of Law (Newark). He is General Counsel for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, a Senior Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys, and a Past President of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He is a former Chair of the Local Government Law and the Women's Rights Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has earned the Diplomate in Municipal Government Law designation from the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys and was one of the original attorneys to earn the designation as a Fellow in Local Government Law from the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He is an Instructor in the Diplomate in Municipal Law program and is a frequent author of articles in legal and local government publications. He has lectured nationally on local government and land use issues. Mr. Kearns is a Past President of the Burlington County Bar Association. He is a Past President and Director Emeritus for Life of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce. He has served as counsel to various other municipalities, Planning Boards, and Zoning Boards of Adjustment. He has held public office as a member of the Willingboro Township Council and as Mayor of Willingboro.


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