Kurt P. Kerns has won over 80% of his murder trials. He is an A rated “Superlawyer” and the founding partner of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White, L.L.C. He has developed the respect of his peers with his frequent victories in complex, high-profile cases. He has completed additional training at the National Criminal Defense College as well as Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College, where he is currently on staff.
Mr. Kerns’ successes include state, federal, and appellate cases involving conspiracy, first-degree murder and fraud.
Mr. Kerns has avoided convictions in 10 consecutive federal jury trials. In 10 murder trials, he has had seven outright acquittals, two hung juries, and one lesser manslaughter conviction. He has served on the Board of Governors for the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He practices before the International War Crime Tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands, where he recently defended Commander Vinko Martinovic. Mr. Kerns is one of only 26 American lawyers authorized to appear before the International Criminal Court.
Mr. Kerns is a frequent lecturer at Criminal Defense seminars across the nation and has been a featured legal commentator on national cable networks Court TV and A&E American Justice.
– Washburn University J.D.
– National Criminal Defense College Graduate – Macon, Georgia
– Graduate – Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College – Dubois, Wyoming
– Board of Governors – Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
– “One of the best lawyers in the state…” / CBS News 48 Hours
– “It’s clear he plays to win in the courtroom.” / Wichita Business Journal
– “Emotionally Charged” / Hays Daily News
– “Extensive criminal defense experience” / Garden City Telegram
– “Tough Irish criminal defense lawyer” / A&E Television Network
– “His presentation was brilliant” / Hays Daily News
– State v. Delacruz, 258 Kan. 129, (1995)
– United States v. Moore, 91 F.3d 96, (1996)
– United States v. Hardwell, 80 F.3d 1471, (1996)
– United States v. Reed, 113 F.3d 1067, (1997)
– State of Kansas v. Naramore, 25 Kan. App 2nd 302, (1998)
– State of Kansas v. Flynn, 274 Kan. 473, (2002)
– United States v. Cota-Meza, 367 F.3d 1218, (2004)
– United States v. Freeman, 479 F.3d 743 (2007)