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I am passionate about providing legal representation that helps my clients’ communities grow and their economies flourish. Helping them find the resources and tools required to meet their business goals during economic development projects is what drives me in my legal practice.

Ben Kearns practices primarily at the Intersection of Business and Government, assisting in legal matters related to economic development, public-private partnerships and any legal representation that helps business and industry grow to fuel local, regional and national economies. He also represents city councils, school boards, and other municipal entities, and handles a wide range of litigation and contractual matters for these municipal clients.

In addition to his economic development work, Ben’s experience includes practicing in insurance-related matters, including homeowners, auto, commercial property and liability, and also engaging in products liability, worker’s compensation, and property cases.

Before joining Adams and Reese, Ben was the Assistant Director of Sponsored Projects Administration and Contract Officer at the University of South Alabama. There, he researched legal issues relevant to government and private research transactions, drafted and negotiated contracts, managed contract compliance, reviewed intellectual property disclosures, and led grant administration, review and submission efforts.

Ben earned his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law. He was a member of the Moot Court Tax Team, John A. Campbell Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Competition Class. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from The University of South Alabama, where he served in multiple roles for Kappa Sigma Fraternity as President, Recruitment Coordinator and Philanthropy Chair.

In the community, Ben is the Chair of the Mobile Bar Lawyer Assistance Program and serves on the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program.  He served on the Catholic Prison Ministry Team at Donaldson Correctional Facility and volunteered for John 3:30 Homeless Ministry prior to law school.


  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2017
  • University of South Alabama, B.A., 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama
  • Mississippi

Community Involvement

  • Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program, Committee Member
  • Mobile Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Program, Committee Member
  • William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, Prison Ministry, Volunteer
  • John 3:30 Project Homeless Ministry, Volunteer


  • Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (by Thomson Reuters) Personal Injury, 2021-22