Kathleen M. Kearney

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Dallas, Texas

Kearney Law Firm, PLLC
Kathleen M. Kearney
Kearney Law Firm, PLLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury

Licensed in Texas since: 2006

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018
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Kearney Law Firm, PLLC

4310 N Central Expy
Suite 109
Dallas, TX 75206 Phone: 214-810-1867 Email: Kathleen M. Kearney Visit website


Attorney Kathleen Kearney has represented severely injured individuals and families throughout the state of Texas since 2006. Kathleen earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Boston College School of Nursing, a master of science in advanced nursing practice from Emory University School of Nursing, and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School with a focus on health and biomedical law. She is also a proud graduate of Trinity High School, an award-winning public high school in Euless, Texas.

Kathleen has been licensed as an Attorney in Texas since 2006, and a Registered Nurse since 2000. She maintains board certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (CPNP-PC).

Currently, Kathleen is a volunteer mediator at Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center, volunteer attorney for the Dallas Bar Association’s Legal Line, and a volunteer nurse for Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps. Every fall, she also donates school supplies and sponsors local public high school marching bands including Trinity High School and North Dallas High School. Every spring, Kathleen serves as a volunteer judge for the state high school mock trial competition, and attends career day at a public elementary school in Dallas. 

Kathlen was invited to join the Texas Bar College in 2020, and the Pro Bono College in 2022.  In 2023, she completed the Dallas Bar Association's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion CLE Challenge.  Kathleen received the Distinguished Service Award from The American Association of Nurse Attorneys in 2016, and was named Big Sister of the Year for Dallas County’s chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2014. She also served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) from 2019 to 2021. 

Kathleen is a member of several professional organizations including the The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Women Lawyers Association, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  For nearly a decade, Kathleen served as a Trustee for The American Association of Nurse Attorneys Foundation, and an officer of the Texas chapter of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.  

Kathleen is admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas, and may appear before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.

First Admitted: 2006, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.NurseAttorneyKearney.com

Educational Background:
  • Master of Science, Advance Practice Nursing, Emory University, 2006
  • Juris Doctor, Health & Biomedical Law Concentration, Suffolk University Law School, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Boston College, 2000
  • Exceptional Teaching, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, 2020
  • Distinguished Service Award, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, 2016
  • Dallas County Big Sister of the Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, 2014
  • Outstanding Litigation Section Member, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, 2009
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing , 2020
  • Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNCB), 2007
  • Registered Nurse, Texas, active, 2000
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • This article discusses the risks of practicing without professional liability insurance and offers recommendations for nurses, especially those facing a state board of nursing investigation, malpractice lawsuit, or criminal charge., Author, Risks of practicing without professional liability insurance, Nursing2022, 2022
  • Practicing without professional liability insurance exposes nurses to preventable risks such as losing their licenses to practice nursing or paying out of pocket for an attorney. In this episode, Kathleen M. Kearney, JD, MSN, RN, CNE discusses the risks of practicing without professional liability insurance, how coverage can aid in some legal situations, and how nurses can obtain this coverage., Podcast Guest, At your own peril: Practicing without professional liability insurance, Nursing2022, Nursing, Healthcare, 2022
  • Seeking PPE protection: Is the law on your side?, Author, Seeking PPE protection: Is the law on your side?, Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, Nursing, 2020
  • Nurses are specifically identified as mandatory reporters in a majority of state child protection statutes. The nurse's statutory duty to report child abuse conflicts with the duty to keep patient information confidential. State legislatures statutorily resolved this dilemma in deciding that the nurse's duty to report child abuse trumps the nurse's duty of confidentiality., Author, The Nurse Attorney's Dilemma, Journal of Nursing Law, 2007
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Pro Bono College, 2023
  • Dallas Bar Association, Legal Line , 2023
  • Member, Texas Bar College, 2020
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer Mediator, Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center, 2024
  • Texas High School Mock Trial, Volunteer Judge, Dallas Bar Association , 2023
  • Career Day Volunteer, Dallas Independent School District , 2023
  • Legal Line, Dallas Bar Association , 2023
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), 2019

Office location for Kathleen M. Kearney

4310 N Central Expy
Suite 109
Dallas, TX 75206


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  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

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