2020 Legal Elite | Criminal

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Kearns Davis

Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP | Greensboro

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Favorite music
“My kids in the backseat singing all three parts of ‘A Million Dreams’ from The Greatest Showman soundtrack.”

Vita
50; born in Winston-Salem; bachelor’s from Davidson College, master’s from Duke University and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; married to wife, Ashley, with three children.
Why he chose to specialize in this field
In a criminal case, the government’s objective shifts from protecting liberty to trying to take it away. It is the most serious thing a government does to its citizens, so as a society, we have to get it right. It is meaningful and rewarding to stand beside and fight for individuals in what are often the most difficult circumstances of their lives when the government’s power and resources are arrayed against them.
Best advice received
When I was training as a new federal prosecutor, a seasoned Los Angeles trial judge recommended writing down, after each jury trial, one thing I did well and one thing I could have done better. Following his advice helps me continue learning from every case I try.
Favorite place
The Pamlico River in Beaufort County. I’m happiest on the water with my wife and our kids. The river is our respite.
Favorite book
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Her story captivated me as a middle school student, and her character Atticus Finch continues to inspire me today as an advocate.
Favorite movie
Top Gun. I still want to be a fighter pilot when I grow up.
Passions
Tennis, sailing, water skiing, and watching (and sometimes coaching) my kids’ sports and artistic activities.
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