Michael W. Kiernan

Michael Kiernan brings a holistic approach to clients who are enmeshed in family difficulties.

Michael W. Kiernan


Michael W. Kiernan focuses his practice on Business Disputes and related litigation. He provides guidance to businesses and individuals to help them protect their assets and avoid disputes. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Representative Matters include:

  • Representation of an international company, listed on the NYSE, in a Federal Court arbitration of a service contract.
  • Representation of major insurance carriers where coverage of a loss is in dispute.
  • Representation of insurance producers sued for failure to place appropriate insurance coverages.
  • Representation of a commercial condominium unit owner against the condominium association for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty.
  • Representation of business owners in disputes with partners and other shareholders.

Michael employs a client centered approach to Business Disputes which consists of three distinct stages: Consultation and Analysis, Pre-Litigation Planning and Litigation.  The cost of litigation can be overwhelming and often cost prohibitive.  A Business Centered Approach must consider specific goals and associated budgets, while at the same time anticipating variables caused by a judge and/or other parties.  Goals and budgets must be re-visited on a consistent basis to maximize return on investment or to mitigate loss.

Michael continues to represent individuals in Family related matters by combining the Business Centered Approach with empathy and an understanding of family dynamics.

Representative Matters include:

  • Divorce and Post-Divorce Judgment disputes.
  • Collaborative Divorce, Divorce Mediation and Uncontested divorce.
  • Business disputes between family members.
  • Guardianships.
  • Advanced Medical Directives and Living Wills.
  • Durable General Powers of Attorney.
  • Outright Distribution Wills.

The combination of the Business Centered Approach with empathy and an understanding of family dynamics maximizes attorney value because it involves both zealous legal representation and an understanding that family matters cannot be dealt with as a business matter only.

Michael is able to provide these diverse skills based on 22+ years of practice and a work history that includes service as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, large and mid-size firm experience and years as a solo practitioner as well.

Michael W. Kiernan


J.D. Brooklyn Law School, 1996
B.A. Fordham University, 1990

Honors and Affiliations

Journal of Law and Public Policy
Law Clerk to the Hon. Alvin Weiss, A.J.S.C.

Bar Admissions

State of New Jersey
District of New Jersey
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
State of New York

Professional Activities

New Jersey State Bar Association
Burlington County Bar Association