rwgBrendan B. Kearns
Brendan B. KearnsAssociateLos Angeles







Brendan B. Kearns is an associate in Richards, Watson & Gershon's Public Law Department. He advises municipalities and public agencies on a variety of administrative and transactional public law issues with a particular focus on land use, affordable housing, public agency and municipal law, and matters involving conflicts of interest, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act.

Brendan spent nearly four years with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow prior to joining RWG in 2015. In this appointed position, he worked extensively on federal efforts to improve the safety and energy efficiency of the nation's housing stock. He also performed pro bono work on behalf of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program — a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.

While in law school, Brendan gained environmental law experience through clerkships with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance where he performed research and drafted memoranda identifying potential criminal violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other environmental statutes. He also served as editor-in-chief of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.

Brendan is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.


Down for the Count: Overcoming the Census Bureau's Neglect of the Homeless, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Vol. 8 (April 2012)

When Bonobos Meet Guerillas: Preserving Biodiversity on the Battlefield, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Vol. 24 (2012)


B.A., summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2010

Practice Areas

Public Agency and Municipal Law