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Government Investigations & Regulatory Compliance 

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I am a former California Deputy Attorney General

For over 15 years, I served in the California Attorney General's Office. I led investigations under the False Claims Act and had a hand in litigating some of the Office's most complex enforcement matters. I also represented state decision makers in state and federal court.


I understand what matters to state and federal authorities.


I started this practice to help small and medium sized businesses navigate government investigations and complex regulatory matters.  I combine efficient and cost-effective representation with personalized attention, informed by my experience in government service and tailored to client needs.

Compliance  False Claims Act 

State AG investigations  Startups  

 Data Security  Fractional GC Health Tech

Regulatory Enforcement  HIPAA/PHI

Anti-Kickback & Stark Law E-Discovery



Practice Areas


Government Investigations

  • Civil law enforcement matters, including False Claims Act and qui tam matters

  • State Attorneys General investigations

  • Responding to Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs), subpoenas for data and documents, and requests for testimony

  • Witness preparation and defense


Complex Compliance

  • Health fraud and abuse

  • Corporate practice of medicine/MSAs

  • Compliance with HIPAA, HITECH, NIST, and other privacy obligations

  • Data breach reporting

  • Escheat and unclaimed property reporting

  • Contract and grant compliance


Fractional General Counsel

  • Tailored legal services for startups and small businesses

  • Contract drafting and negotiation – vendors, payors, clinicians, etc.

  • NDAs, MSAs, Terms of Service/Use

  • Legal ops management

  • Responding to discovery requests and subpoenas


Key Experience

California Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General IV, 2005-2022

Clients Represented

Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Public Health, CalSTRS, CalPERS, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of State Hospitals, Department of Developmental Services, Controller's Office, Department of Health Care Services.  


U.C. Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2004

U.C. Davis, B.A., with highest honors, 2001

American River College, A.A.,1999

Thought Leadership

Amendments to State False Claims Act Statutes May Signal Increased Enforcement, ABA State & Local Law News, Spring 2024, Vol. 47, 3-4.

Subpoenas for Tech Startups: Essentials for Lawyers, TRTCLE webinar, January 25, 2024

Unraveling the False Claims Act, ABA State and Local Government Section online presentation, December 20, 2023

False Claims Act Enforcement: Exploring Recent Trends and Developments, The Knowledge Group webinar, October 19, 2023

Professional Groups

American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section

Women White Collar Criminal Defense 

Federal Bar Association, Qui Tam Section

Health Care Compliance Association 

Women in Security & Privacy 



Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Northern District of California

Central District of California

For More Information


Phone:        (510) 519-7605

Address:    1900 Powell Street, Suite 700

                       Emeryville, CA 94608

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