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I have been an attorney since 1976. After graduating from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, I engaged in a general business practice in San Francisco, California for ten years. In 1986 I directed my law practice to serving the health care industry, first as a partner with the health law boutique Weissburg & Aronson, Inc. and subsequently with the nationally recognized law firm Foley & Lardner LLP. In November 2008 I retired from Foley & Lardner LLP and began a two-year hiatus from the practice of law. I returned to private practice at the end of 2010, with the opening of my law office in San Francisco, California. The majority of my practice continues to be concentrated in health care law.
My practice has spanned the entire spectrum of the health care industry, including representation of hospitals and hospital systems, physicians and medical groups, academic medical centers, long-term care providers, HMOs, and public entities such as health care districts and county governments. I have represented these clients in all types of general health law issues as well as a wide variety of transactional and regulatory matters, including complex joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.
For ten years, from January 2009 through December 2018, I served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto, California, a Federally Qualified Health Center and state-licensed community clinic providing primary care services to underserved and uninsured populations in the Southern San Francisco Bay Area. Ravenswood’s mission is to improve the health of the community by providing culturally sensitive, integrated primary and preventive health care to all, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status, and by collaborating with community partners to address the social determinants of health. I was pro bono counsel to Ravenswood for almost a decade before joining the Board. Visit www.ravenswoodfhc.org to learn more.
In 2011 and again in 2015, at the request of the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Trinity Health, one of the largest health care systems in the United States, I served as Interim General Counsel at Saint Agnes Medical Center, a Trinity Health sponsored, 436-bed general acute-care hospital in Fresno, California that is widely respected for its clinical and service excellence.
I received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law) in 1976, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) in 1970. In 1971 I was awarded a lifetime secondary teaching credential from the State of California, with a specialty in Mathematics.