Justin Kearns

Justin Kearns

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Justin Kearns, a West Virginia native, graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2014.  While studying at WVU, Mr. Kearns was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Legal Research and Writing, as well as being actively involved in other programs.  He served as Dean’s Fellow in Professional Responsibility for WVU College of Law’s Center for Academic Excellence.  He also was a member of the West Virginia Law Review for two years, first as an Associate Editor and then as Executive Notes Editor, for which he was voted by his peers as Executive Editor of the Year.  In addition, Mr. Kearns was a member of the United States Supreme Court Clinic, which focused on appellate work at the Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court levels.

Before joining Hardin Thompson, P.C., in March of 2018, Mr. Kearns practiced for over three years at a civil defense firm in Huntington, West Virginia, where his practice concentrated on insurance coverage, medical malpractice defense, corporate defense, and general insurance defense litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • J.D. cum laude - 2014
  • West Virginia University College of Medicine
    • M.P.H. summa cum laude - 2011
    • Honors: Awarded Certificate in Health Care Administration
    • Major: Healthcare Policy & Management
    • Major: Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Marshall University
    • B.S. - 2008
    • Major: Biomedical Sciences
    • Minor: Chemistry
    • Minor: French

Published Works

  • Rural Roads to ACOs: Inter-Community Collaboration is Key to Rural Accountable Care Organizations’ Success Under Medicare’s Shared Savings Program, 116 W. Va. L. Rev. 425, 426 , 2013
  • APP ON, PAP OFF: Minding the Insurance Gap in Bringing Transportation Network Companies to West Virginia, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Notebook of Articles, 2015