Patrick J. Kearney

  • 4416 East West Highway
  • Fourth Floor
  • Bethesda, MD
  • 20814
Phone: (301) 634-3114
Fax: (301) 986-1301

Patrick Kearney draws on a mix of skills in pursuing his “passion for doing the job right.” He is a quick study, is blessed with a magnificent memory and possesses remarkable communication skills, all of which come into play when he represents clients as a trial lawyer or in bankruptcy matters. And while he is inherently motivated to excel in court or to negotiate the most favorable terms for a client, there is rarely a day that he goes home and doesn’t ask himself “What could I have done better?”

It is equally fulfilling for Patrick to prepare a compelling narrative for trial based on a review of all the elements of a cause of action or analyze a business’ and individual’s finances in search of an innovative way to reorganize finances. His legal talents are matched by his tenacity; he once litigated a complex partnership dispute that found him appearing in five different courts in two jurisdictions. He also argued a variety of cases in appellate courts, including a pension benefit case which claimed malpractice against a service provider.

According to Patrick, lawyering is the most honorable of professions, one that he acknowledges and respects for the specific set of ethical rules all attorneys are sworn to follow. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has received recognition as a “Super Lawyer” in both Maryland and the District of Columbia and was named among the area’s “Legal Elite” in Washington SmartCEO Magazine. He has also received several judicial appointments, previously held multiple leadership positions for the Bankruptcy Bar Association for Maryland and is currently a Master of the Walter Chandler American Inn of Court.

A graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, Patrick is a member of the Bar in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th and D.C. Circuits and the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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    • Appellate
    • Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Employment Law
    • Estates and Trust Litigation
    • Real Estate Litigation
    • Labor/Employment
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    • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., 1983 J.D.
    • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, 1980 A.B., Political Science
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    • Virginia, 1991
    • District of Columbia, 1984
    • Maryland, 1983
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 2001
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2001
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia, 1992
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1991
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1991
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
    • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1985
    • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1984
    • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1984
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1984
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      Judicial Appointments:

    • Special Commissioner-Circuit Court for Stafford County, Virginia, 2006
    • Receiver- Superior Court for the District of Columbia, 2005-2007
    • Resolution Advocate-United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, 2007-Present
      Professional Associations and Memberships:

    • The Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland Member
    • The Maryland State Bar Association Member
    • The Bar Association of the District of Columbia Member
    • The Virginia State Bar Association Member
    • The Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
      Director 2006-2009, 2010-2012; Chapter Chair 2009-2010
    • The Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association Member
    • The American Bankruptcy Institute Member
    • Walter Chandler American Inn of Court Master

    • February 15, 2008-Settlement of Discharge Actions
      Honors and Awards:

    • Martindale-Hubbell
      AV(T) Rated
    • “Legal Elite,” Washington SmartCEO Magazine, 2009
    • “Maryland Super Lawyers,” Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Super Lawyer, 2012-2013, 2016-2020
    • “Washington D.C. Area Super Lawyers,” Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Super Lawyer, 2012-2013, 2016-2020

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