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Kervyn B. Altaffer Jr.

Civil rights Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1984
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Kervyn

Learn Kervyn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    I represent individuals in claims and lawsuits against governments and private companies for violation of the United States constitution and the civil rights of such individuals.

    18 years

  2. Employment and labor
    I represent individuals and companies in claims and lawsuits in state and federal courts relating to employment including discrimination, breach of contract, overtime pay, disability, and other laws relating to employment.

    38 years

  3. Litigation
    I represent parties in lawsuits involving commercial transactions, consumer matters, bankruptcy (creditors and Chapter 7 debtors) and torts such as malicious prosecution, fraud, defamation, theft, abuse of process, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

    38 years

  4. Consumer protection

I love to help people with my legal knowledge, skills and experience. I represent clients in federal and state courts to protect my client's rights and liberties. In my life outside the law, I have three beautiful children whom I adore and who have grown into wonderful and good adults. I love the outdoors and adventure sports such as downhill snow skiing, whitewater kayaking, scuba diving, mountain climbing and others. I like to bike, run, swim, and lift weights to stay fit for my outdoor adventure.

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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2016
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Mr. Altaffer represented us in federal court when our house was about to be foreclosed upon and he helped us save our house from foreclosure.


  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Partner
  • Altaffer & Chen PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Kervyn B. Altaffer Jr.
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Partner/Member
  • Altaffer & Palat, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Managing Attorney
  • Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
  • 2002 - 2009
  • Instructor of Poverty Law Clinic
  • Southern Methodist University School Of Law
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Partner
  • Clark, West, Keller, Butler & Ellis
  • 1984 - 2000
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  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Doctor Of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) Cum Laude
  • 1984
  • Rice University
  • BA
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Turner v Driver, 848 F.3d 678 (5th Cir. 2017)
  • The court ruled that the First Amendment protects persons rights to film the police subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • The Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award
  • Texas Civil Rights Project
  • 2015
  • Life Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2015
  • Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame
  • Texas Lawyer Magazine
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Poverty Law Conference
  • Handling Emergency Matters (TRO, Injunction)
  • 2008
  • Poverty Law Conference
  • Practical Tips on How To Handle a Case on a Shoestring Budget
  • 2007
  • Poverty Law Conference
  • Discovery and Trial on a Shoestring Budget
  • 2006
  • Poverty Law Conference
  • Texas Unemployment Compensation Law
  • 2005
  • Poverty Law Conference
  • Texas Unemployment Compensation Law
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (6)
Endorse Kervyn
Litigation Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Kervyn is the best of the best. He has a wealth of experience and is like a walking legal encyclopedia. He has a passion for representing his clients well, and his results match his passion."
Civil rights Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Altaffer for several years and I recommend him without reservation. I have consulted with him on multiple occasions and he has always been very practical in his advice and completely honest."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kervyn is an extremely intelligent person. He is one of the most brilliant legal minds that I have ever known. I have the utmost respect for Kervyn as a person and as an advocate. He is an outstanding litigator. If I ever needed a litigation attorney, he would be first on my list."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It's hard to think of a more experienced, skilled, and professional attorney than Kervyn. His vast experience in employment law, bankcruptcy, civil rights and his profound sense of justice make you feel that your interests are in good hands. Both compassionate and driven, in federal or state court, Kervyn is a man who brings honor to the profession."

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Dallas Civil rights Lawyer Kervyn B. Altaffer Jr.
Kervyn B. Altaffer Jr.
Civil rights Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 38 years