Thomas E. Daugherty

Thomas E. Daugherty is an associate in the San Diego office of Klinedinst PC. His legal practice includes employment law, professional liability, and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Tom’s practice focused on long-term care litigation, involving assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, medical malpractice, products liability, real property and lawsuits involving general liability.

Mr. Daugherty has successfully defended clients through arbitration, trial and appeal. He has extensive experience in motion practice and has achieved numerous dismissals of matters through motions for summary judgment and other dispositive motions. He has negotiated complex settlements of litigation and has also moved cases to resolution through mediation.

Tom is admitted to the bar in California. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a certificate in Trial Advocacy. While at Loyola, Tom received the Leadership and Service Award, the Pro Bono Recognition Award, and took First Place in the Regional ABA Client Counseling Competition. Tom also was on the Dean's List, worked on the Children's Legal Rights Journal, and received CALI awards for attaining the highest grade in his Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy classes.

Prior to law school, Tom worked as an actor, playing roles on national tours and in regional and Chicago area theatres, in productions ranging from Shakespearean tragedies to musical comedies. He performed at the Kennedy Center, the Goodman Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare, among others, and was an active member of Actors' Equity Association, the stage actors' union. Tom can be heard on the Original Cast Recording of BOUNCE, a Stephen Sondheim musical.


Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • "An Employer's Guide to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," USLAW Magazine (April, 2013)
  • Continuing Legal Education session, Topic: "Legal Malpractice Risk Management" (July 24, 2012)

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Practice Areas



Professional Liability

Medical Malpractice

Complex Litigation

Admitted to Bar

California (2010)

Illinois (2007)

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California (2012)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2007)


Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007)

University of Michigan (B.F.A., with honors, 1992)


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