Kiernan Patrick Moylan was born on March 17, 1970 at the Brook Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas, the fifth of the six children of US Army Major Joseph and Mrs. Ann Carole Moylan. He grew up in Durham, North Carolina. In 1992, Kiernan graduated Davidson College with a degree in Economics and moved to Winter Park, Florida. In December of 1992, he moved to Washington, DC, for his first role as a public servant, working for the Seventh Congressional District of Florida, a job he held for four years until 1996 when he left to attend law school at the University of Miami School of Law. At the beginning of his second year of law school, Kiernan went back to working almost full- time and still finished law school in two-and-a- half years, graduating cum laude.
Immediately out of law school he practiced for more than seven years as in-house counsel for JM Family Enterprises, Inc, promoted ultimately to Vice President. At JM Family Kiernan handled telecommunications, technology, land use and general contracts. During his tenure, Kiernan was responsible for marine/aviation compliance and managed outside counsel on litigation and land acquisition. Additionally, he performed legislative counsel duties assessing, reviewing and drafting legislation, as well as presenting testimony to legislative and regulatory bodies.
Following JM Family, Kiernan returned to public service, taking a position as an Assistant Attorney General, in the Office of the Attorney General of Florida, Civil Litigation Division, where he was a civil litigator. His clients included the Florida Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Revenue, Department of Transportation, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Department of Health. The matters ranged from defending federal and state civil rights claims and torts, including wrongful death, to the appeals of denied petitions for government benefits. Kiernan even handled a number of constitutional questions at the trial level. For Fish and Wildlife and the Florida Highway Patrol he handled numerous asset seizure/forfeiture actions. He also represented a number of the State Attorney’s offices as well as members of the judiciary regarding different issues of immunity.
In 2011, Kiernan continued his public service and took the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Public Defender in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, assisting those individuals deemed indigent facing incarceration. He has handled thousands of cases in the misdemeanor, felony and juvenile divisions in Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.
Recently, Kiernan filed to run for Indian River County Judge to take the seat of Judge Wild who will retire in August 2018. In announcing his intention to run, he said, “I seek to become a judge to continue my work in public service, which has always been the goal in my career. I believe the role of a judge is to precisely and fairly interpret the law and not to make new law. While on the bench, I will do my best to uphold this maxim.” Kiernan continued, “Furthermore, as the father of three, I am truly motivated to make our community a better place to raise our children. I see the opportunity presented by this vacancy on the bench as a way for me to help strengthen our County and make it a better place to live and work. I firmly believe our government was founded to protect our inalienable rights and not to tread on them. If elected to the bench, this is my commitment.”
Kiernan and his wife of fourteen years, Krissy, live in Indian River Shores with their three children, Liam (11), Seamus (10) and Sloane (6). They are members of Holy Cross in Vero Beach. When not at lacrosse, soccer or dance, the Moylans enjoy whatever time they can get on the Indian River.