Daniel T. Dougherty served 23 years as both an Army and Air Force pilot. He flew Army helicopters in Vietnam and Air Force cargo planes during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His final AF assignment was as Chief of the branch at the Air Force’s Safety Center conducting and managing aircraft accident investigations and associated AF-wide flight safety programs and supervising two Air Force regulations.
After retirement, he became a business owner and consultant to business entities and the Air Force teaching week-long seminars on behavioral safety programs; and also did several accident investigations for both plaintiff and defendant law firms. In 1998, he was accepted into the University of New Mexico School of Law.
In civil law, He defended medical device manufacturers; handled unemployment compensation and medical service denials before administrative bodies; and performed several business transactions for corporate clients. He has also assisted in a class action suit and three cases before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, many times he prepared all documents involved in complex litigation several times.
As the State’s Attorney’s Wicomico County, MD, Gang Resistance and Exile director, he prosecuted gun and gang crimes and became recognized state-wide for his gang prosecutions. As a Deputy District Attorney in Luna, County, NM, he was the dedicated narcotics prosecutor in District. He accomplished almost 200% of predicted Federal drug trafficking conviction goals and increased narcotics convictions by almost 250% in his first year. As a Deputy District Attorney in Doña Anna County, NM, he served as an attorney supervisor and felony crimes prosecutor. He prepared a murder case against eight members of the Syndicato Nuevo Mexico prison gang who ordered and carried out sanctioned murder. The case was assumed by U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico to be tried as a racketeering case.
He has now entered into his own sole-practitioner practice handling a variety of causes.