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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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Recognition||California State Assembly||2006|
|Outstanding Dedication||Legal Aid of Marin||2006|
|Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award||State Bar of California, Board of Governors||2005|
|Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award||State Bar of California, Board of Governors||2004|
|Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award||State Bar of California, Board of Governors||2003|
|Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award||State Bar of California, Board of Governors||2002|
|Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award||State Bar of California, Board of Governors||2001|
|Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award||State Bar of California, Board of Governors||2000|
|Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award||State Bar of California, Board of Governors||1999|
|Owner||Kent Law||2015 - Present|
|Partner||Gravett <> Kent LLP||2012 - 2015|
|Senior Litigation Attorney||Brayton Purcell, LLP||1995 - 2012|
|Owner||Law Offices of Clayton W. Kent||1991 - 1995|
|Partner||Crawford, Bangs, Briesemeister & Kent||1989 - 1991|
|Associate||Crawford & Bangs||1986 - 1989|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys of Marin||Past President, Member||1997 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||1997 - Present|
|Napa County Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Leach v. E.F. Boyd & Sons||Ohio 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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|Southwestern University School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|California State University, Long Beach||Business Administration||Other - Bachelors||1982|