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Clayton Kent was born in Whittier, located in Southern California, and grew up in San Marino, a small town near Pasadena, California. He attended California State University, Long Beach, where he received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 1982, and attended Southwestern University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1985. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1986

During his legal career, Mr. Kent has been an associate and partner with Crawford & Bangs, a construction litigation firm in Southern California, owned and operated his own practice in the San Diego area, and then moved to Napa in 1992, where he continues to live with his wife and daughter.

For 17 years, Mr. Kent was a senior civil trial attorney for Brayton Purcell LLP in Marin County, handling a wide array of personal injury, wrongful death, mortuary negligence, product liability, elder abuse, toxic exposure, construction litigation, sexual molestation, sexual battery, employment discrimination, age discrimination, sexual harassment, contract disputes, real estate litigation, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and mold litigation, among many others, for the firm throughout the State. He has taken numerous cases through trial and verdict, and has received many multi-million dollar judgments for his clients.

In addition to his ongoing practice, Mr. Kent currently acts as a private mediator, and volunteers his time as a Marin County Superior Court Settlement Panelist. For ten years, he served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid of the North Bay and served as Chairman of the Board for the initial revitalization of Napa Legal Aid. For ten years he received the Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Service for his pro bono legal work in Marin and Napa Counties. Mr. Kent was also recognized by State Assemblyman Joe Nation as an Outstanding Board Member for Legal Aid of Marin.

A speaker before various legal and private associations, Mr. Kent is a two-time Past President of the Marin Trial Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Napa County Bar Association.


Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    29 years
  2. Construction & Development: 30%
    29 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 15%
    29 years
  4. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%
    29 years
  5. Business: 10%
    29 years



Hourly ($400-450/hour), Contingent (33-40%)

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Kent Law

575 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 205
Napa, CA, 94558



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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of RecognitionCalifornia State Assembly2006
Outstanding DedicationLegal Aid of Marin2006
Wiley Manuel Pro Bono AwardState Bar of California, Board of Governors2005
Wiley Manuel Pro Bono AwardState Bar of California, Board of Governors2004
Wiley Manuel Pro Bono AwardState Bar of California, Board of Governors2003
Wiley Manuel Pro Bono AwardState Bar of California, Board of Governors2002
Wiley Manuel Pro Bono AwardState Bar of California, Board of Governors2001
Wiley Manuel Pro Bono AwardState Bar of California, Board of Governors2000
Wiley Manuel Pro Bono AwardState Bar of California, Board of Governors1999
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerKent Law2015 - Present
PartnerGravett <> Kent LLP2012 - 2015
Senior Litigation AttorneyBrayton Purcell, LLP1995 - 2012
OwnerLaw Offices of Clayton W. Kent1991 - 1995
PartnerCrawford, Bangs, Briesemeister & Kent1989 - 1991
AssociateCrawford & Bangs1986 - 1989
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Consumer Attorneys of MarinPast President, Member1997 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1997 - Present
Napa County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Leach v. E.F. Boyd & SonsOhio Jury Verdict: $750,000.00
Cannon et al. v. Funerals by Washington, et al.Judgment: $9,000,000.00
John Doe v. Sonoma County, et al.Judgment: $3,500,000.00
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern Univ SOLN/Alaw1985
California St Univ Long BeachBusiness Administrationundergraduate1982