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Bankruptcy Lawyer for over 20 years. Serving Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties with quality professional and personal  service. Ask my thousands of satisfied clients.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA

·       Served as a Physiological Training Specialist in the U.S. Force from 1971 to 1975, stationed at Castle AFB.

·       After the Air Force, Kevin worked as a commercial deep sea diver, working off  shore in the Gulf of Mexico, South America, and  in Bruni.

·       In 1978, Kevin received his private pilot license and for the next several years flying became his passion. 

·       Graduated from Calif State University, Stanislaus and later from Humphreys Law School in Stockton, CA.

·       Worked at a law clerk until he passed the Calif  Bar in 1988. 

·       Moved to Monterey in 1988, working for a personal injury firm, litigating and trial work.

·       Started his own law firm in Seaside, CA in 1993.  In 1999, Kevin moved his practice to Salinas.  He has practiced Personal Injury Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, and Bankruptcy Law.  During the last five years, his practice has been exclusively Bankruptcy Law.

·       Kevin has been married for 24 years.  He and his wife have spent over 10 years as volunteers for Canine Companions for Independence, raising Golden Retrievers to become service dogs for people with disabilities.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas

  1. Chapter 13: 80%
    30 years, 4 thousand cases
  2. Bankruptcy: 10%
    30 years, 4 thousand cases
  3. Chapter 7: 10%
    30 years, 900 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Gary Lee Stanley Jr

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  • Kyle Andrew Krasa

    I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is an excellent attorney who is friendly and helpful to his clients. He is trustworthy and experienced. I am happy to refer my clients to him for legal services related to bankruptcy.


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Contact info

Law Office of T. Kevin Dougherty

601 Main Street
Salinas, CA, 93901-3201


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best CEB of the monthOffice of Staff Judge Adocate, Presidio of Monterey2010
Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence Fellowship.Pacific Grove Lions Club2000
Certificate of RecognitionThe Seaside/Sand City Chamber of Commerce1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/ LawyerDougherty Law1992 - Present
Litigation AttorneyDunion Law1988 - 1992
Lawyer,Law Clerk and Law StudentRishwain and Hastings1986 - 1988
Law Clerk/ Law StudentBelli, Drivon & Bakerink1984 - 1986
Oil Field DiverOceaneering1981 - 1982
Deap Sea DiverSub Sea International1977 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2004 - Present
Chapter 13 Committee Monterey CountyMember2003 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of California Chapter 13 Committee San JoseMember1991 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAttorney1988 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAttorney and Counsler1988 - Present
NRAMember1987 - Present
SASSMember1987 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of California San Jose Chapter 13 Sub-Committee on Mini Chapter 11Member2007 - 2008
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationMember1995 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re VallejoLien on 2nd deed stripped
Montes v Sunrise Mushrooms, Inc.; Fireman's Fund et al.100% disability. Lifetime award.
Upchurch vs. Meyer Construction Corp. & State Compensation Insurance Fund100% disability. Lifetime award.
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal Guides & tkdougherty.comBankruptcy Attorney or Do in Myself2011
Avvo Legal Guides & tkdougherty.comThe Bankruptcy process in my office2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Humphreys College of Law at StocktonLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
California State University, StanislausPre Law/ Political ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Santa Barbara City CollegeOcean SciencesAS1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Office of Staff Judge Adocate, Presidio of Monterey.Chapter 13 for Service Members.2010
Lions conferencesLife after Bankruptcy2008
KSCO Lawyers on the Line Radio ShowBankruptcy2000