Kevin Carney graduated from UC Davis School of Law in 2006 and began his career as a Public Defender in San Joaquin County, where he remained for 10 years. In that time, Kevin accumulated considerable jury trial experience qualifying him to handle death penalty cases per California Rules of Court section 4.117. Of his many successes at trial, Kevin is particularly proud of winning a complete acquittal for a client charged with murder. In addition to being a member of the California State Bar, Kevin was admitted to the Washington State Bar through his work for the Public Defender of Skagit County.
Prior to law school, Kevin was a Peace Corps volunteer in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, where he lived and worked for two years with a focus on alleviating chronic illnesses by use of construction technology adapted to the conditions of the country. In this time, Kevin became a fluent Spanish speaker, scoring the highest possible score in the LPI (language proficiency interview) on completion of his service.
His familiarity with the language and culture of Latin America, led naturally to a keen interest in the immigration issues facing his non-citizen clients. This interest culminated in his work as the Immigration Specialist for the Monterey County Public Defender, where Kevin advised fellow attorneys on the intersection of criminal and immigration law and the possible impacts of criminal pleas on non-citizen clients.
Kevin is currently applying the litigation skills he has gained in 16 years of criminal defense and immigration work to construction defect litigation.
Kevin is a proud father of three children and lives in Santa Cruz, Ca. In his leisure time, Kevin enjoys ocean swimming, surfing and body surfing. He has completed a competitive swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco and another from Angel Island to Tiburon. Kevin also enjoys reading, writing, biking, hiking and travel. He's particularly interested in art, philosophy, and history.
Kevin can be contacted at Clapp, Moroney's East Bay/Central Valley office at [email protected].