Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP
Kearns Davis leads the firm's practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, felony trials and appeals, grand jury proceedings, and government investigations, and handles a broad range of federal and business litigation. Among other honors and awards, he is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" in White-Collar Criminal Defense, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Commercial Litigation (Woodward/White publishing, 2010-2021), "North Carolina Super Lawyers Top 100" (Law & Politics 2012-2020), "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations (Band 1) (Chambers & Partners, 2012-20), and Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” (2008-20). In addition, in 2013, "Best Lawyers" named him as the first recipient of its "Lawyer of the Year" award for Greensboro in the area of White-Collar Criminal Defense. Kearns has tried jury cases at all levels of federal and North Carolina trial courts, regularly represents clients in other states pro hac vice, and has handled dozens of criminal and civil appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits.
Kearns regularly represents businesses, executives, doctors, lawyers, financial professionals, and others involved in government and criminal investigations including real estate, health care, environmental, bank fraud, public corruption, tax evasion, insider trading and securities, money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud, false statements, federal benefits, computer crimes, embezzlement, false pretenses, identity theft, conspiracy, professional licensing, and other types of cases. A former federal prosecutor, in his years with the government Kearns served as the United States' lead counsel in felony trials for a broad spectrum of crimes including fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, crimes against financial institutions, drug trafficking, bank robbery, and firearms offenses.
In business and civil litigation, Kearns has represented publicly traded corporations, privately held companies, financial institutions, small businesses, municipalities, individuals, and the United States in a wide range of matters including fraud, unfair trade practices, antitrust, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, environmental, real estate, construction, labor and employment, tax, intellectual property, transportation, and consumer protection.Teaching