About Our Founding Member

Dougherty Law Firm, APC in Westlake Village, California, is a law firm established by Gerard M. Dougherty, Esq. Gerard earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing and economics from St. John’s University, College of Business Administration in 1981. While earning this degree, he made the dean’s list for three consecutive years. After graduating, he moved from New York to Los Angeles, California, to further his education.

Further Studies

In 1984, Gerard earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law.  He was also named to the dean’s list and earned an American Jurisprudence award for civil procedure.

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Work History

In June 1985, he was admitted to the California State Bar  and subsequently to the United States District Court, Central District. Between 1985 and 1995, Gerard worked as an associate attorney with three law firms with focused practice in:

• Personal Injury
• Family Law


• Real Property
• Construction Defects


• Business Formation & Litigation
• Wills & Trusts

In July of 1995, Gerard founded what is now the Dougherty Law Firm, APC. Since its inception, the firm has assisted clients with representation in both transactional and litigation matters.  


Gerard has served as the host of Law Talk, KVEN radio in Ventura County. This program is dedicated to informing the public on various legal matters. He has also served as the vice president of the Simi Valley Republican Club and is a former member of the Kiwanis® and the Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley. He is also a former president of the Business Network International, Conejo Valley Chapter and current member of the Masters of Business Chapter in Moorpark, California.

Continuing Advocacies

Gerard continues to serve as a judge for the Ventura County High School Mock Trial Competition, which competes annually. He is married to Sherry and has two daughters, Briana and Danielle. His hobbies include spending time with his family, ice hockey, boating, and camping.

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