News and Announcements

DSR Partner Megan A. Rowe Appointed As Chair of State Bar of California Litigation Section

Megan A. Rowe has been appointed Chair of the Litigation Section’s Executive Committee of the State Bar of California.  The Litigation Section is the largest Section of the State Bar and has over 8,500 members.  The Litigation Section’s activities include presenting educational programs, providing practical tips on core litigation skills and providing publications with relevant articles and case law updates.

Ms. Rowe’s term began in September 2017 and she assisted with the planning of the Section’s Inaugural Litigation Summit that took place in San Francisco on October 13, 2017.  The Litigation Summit was a trial program that covered cutting edge and compelling litigation topics.  Ms. Rowe had the opportunity to co-interview Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye during the keynote luncheon.  She also had the honor of inducting Lawrence E. Wayte with McCormick Barstow into the Litigation Section’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.  This is a lifetime achievement award given to trial lawyers who have excelled in their careers.

In addition to serving as the Chair of the Litigation Section, Ms. Rowe is one of many volunteers assisting in planning a new statewide bar association.  As of January 1, 2018, the 16 Sections (including the Litigation Section) and the California Young Lawyers Association will leave the State Bar of California and become a separate non-profit association called the “California Lawyers Association.”

DSR Welcomes Elizabeth G. Stone To Its Health Care Team

Elizabeth G. Stone recently joined DSR, PC.  Elizabeth is a health care and corporate transactions attorney with significant experience in contract drafting and negotiation.  Her areas of expertise include health care contracting; health insurer/managed care laws; government-sponsored health care programs, including Medicaid and Medicare; HIPAA and state privacy laws; contract audits; corporate transactions, including entity formations, acquisitions, and dissolutions; and nonprofit/tax-exempt entity compliance.  She has experience drafting and negotiating a variety of business and health care contracts, including payer/provider agreements, administrative services agreements, delegation agreements, pharmacy benefit management (PBM) agreements, pharmacy services agreements (including specialty pharmacy), vendor contracts, consulting agreements, non-disclosure agreements, software agreements, and purchase agreements.  She also advises on RFPs, contract implementations, day-to-day operations, disputes, and terminations.

Federal Judges Select DSR Attorney Alexander Nowinski as Lawyer Representative

Alexander L. Nowinski has been appointed by the judges of the Eastern District of California to serve as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.  Lawyer Representatives are selected to serve three-year terms representing attorneys practicing in each of the Ninth Circuit’s fifteen districts in nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions.  Lawyer Representatives sit on various court committees relating to rules and practices, help plan and present the local District Conferences, and serve as a liaison between the federal bench and practicing bar.  Appointment as a Lawyer Representative is an honor reserved for experienced federal practitioners with a demonstrated commitment to the Eastern District.

DSR Welcomes Darcy Muilenburg to Its Team of Health Care Attorneys

SACRAMENTO, CA. (May 4, 2017) – DSR announced yesterday that Darcy Muilenburg has joined DSR’s team of health care attorneys.  Ms. Muilenburg is an experienced litigator from Pillsbury who has successfully represented health plans in administrative proceedings before the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).  Ms. Muilenburg has significant experience with all facets of civil litigation, from the initial pleading stage, through discovery, law and motion practice, settlement, trial, and on appeal.  She has handled complex commercial cases in a variety of matters and successfully defended commercial entities on numerous occasions.

“I’ve known Darcy for 10 years and she will be a great addition to our team of health care litigation attorneys,” said Mike Daponde, President/CEO of DSR.  “We are very excited to welcome Darcy.”

Ms. Muilenburg earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington and her juris doctorate degree from the University of California Davis, King Hall School of Law.