Why I want to be Judge

Having spent over 20 years working inside the courtrooms of Indiana County to uphold the rule of law, I have personally witnessed the complex world of crime and how that has spilled over into other areas of the law such as family court and child protective services. I understand that the increase in drug dependency and mental health issues have created special needs which require a judge with firsthand experience dealing with the systems to provide services to break the cycle of addiction and crime.


I want to be your judge because Indiana County needs an experienced trial attorney with over 20 years’ experience. Due to the pandemic there is a significant backlog in cases and we need the most qualified person to take the bench and get right to work. I promise to work hard and do all I can to make our county safe for our families. 

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Patrick Dougherty's Personal Life

Patrick Dougherty was born in 1973 and raised in Indiana PA. He is the youngest of eight children of Owen and Virginia Dougherty. He overcame the loss of his mother at age 12 and the loss of his father at age 17. This personal loss taught Patrick at a young age the importance of family and work ethic. After graduating from Indiana Area Senior High School, he went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology/PreLaw. During his time at IUP he held many jobs to support himself such as working in the produce department at the local Giant Eagle grocery store and serving in various roles at the Coney Island Restaurant. He also spent 5 years working on the coaching staff of the IUP Football program as a defensive assistant. 


Patrick has been married to Amy DeFurio Dougherty for 21 years. They live in White Township with their two children Garrison, age 15 and Charleigh, age 13. 

Patrick Dougherty's Professional Experience

In 2000, Patrick graduated from Duquesne Law School. He was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Honor Society and served as managing editor of Juris Magazine. Dougherty worked during law school with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1999-2000). He also served as a legal intern in the Homicide Prosecution Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (1997).


In 2000, Patrick returned to Indiana and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County. 


In 2001, he joined the Law Office of Michael S. Delaney handling a general practice including Divorce, Custody and Adoptions. Most of his practice was litigation driven spending a great deal of his time inside the courtrooms of Indiana County. He was a partner in the firm of Delaney, Dougherty & Fritz PC until he left to serve as Indiana County District Attorney.


In 2002, Dougherty was appointed by Robert S. Bell to be an Assistant District Attorney. He handled all types of criminal proceedings. In 2007, Bell named Dougherty chief juvenile prosecutor and from 2007-2020, Dougherty handled the majority of the juvenile court proceedings for the District Attorney’s Office. In 2008, Dougherty was named First Assistant District Attorney under Thomas M. Bianco. Expanding his responsibilities to assist in the day-to-day management of the District Attorney’s Office. 


In 2012 Dougherty was elected to be District Attorney for Indiana County, a position he held for eight years. Having been re-elected in 2015. During his time as District Attorney his Courtroom experience is unmatched. In addition, Dougherty’s commitment to community outreach was evident in his reorganization of the Elder Abuse Task Force which provided annual programming for older adults. Dougherty was a consistent supporter of the Alice Paul House partnering for awareness programs for domestic and sexual violence.

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Patrick Dougherty's Professional Experience

Dougherty worked closely with the Court to develop and implement many initiatives including the creation of the Indiana County Veteran’s Court with Judge Michael Clark. This program provides services to veterans who become engaged in the criminal justice system. 


Dougherty’s leadership was often recognized, in 2015 he was appointed to the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute Board of Directors; 2015 he was nominated for the Indiana County Athena Award for promoting women’s issues and empowerment; in 2015 and 2016 he received the Bernie Smith Community Service Award from the Open Door for his work fighting the opioid epidemic; in 2016 he was named an Angel on Earth by the Indiana County Suicide Task Force for his work on suicide reduction and mental health. In 2017, he was appointed to the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association Executive Committee.   


Patrick has been active with the Indiana County Bar Association having served on many committees such as the Family Law Committee; Scholarship Committee; Social Committee.


Dougherty has testified before various committees of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on the opioid epidemic and the use of Police Body Cameras. In 2019, Dougherty worked with State Representative Jim Struzzi to introduce Cody’s Law which would enhance the grading for crimes against people with intellectual disabilities. 


In 2013, Dougherty was a presenter at the National Victim’s Conference in Miami Florida on the partnership between law enforcement and disability community. 


In 2020, Dougherty was part of a team authoring the curriculum for School Security Personnel with the Indiana University Criminal Justice Training Center.  Dougherty is a regular instructor for both the IUP Police Academy and School Security Training Program. 


Dougherty continues to advocate for victims as a member of the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.    


Dougherty continues to work in the Indiana County legal community operating his own law firm focusing on helping clients in a wide range of legal services.