David McDonough

Deputy County Counsel

David McDonough joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2020, as a member of the Health and Hospitals Team. He is currently representing Valley Health Plan. David previously advised managed care health plans at a law firm which exclusively practiced health care law. David’s health care law experience includes advising health plans on a broad range of health care law issues, including managed care, provider disputes, regulatory advice and counsel, Medi-Cal and Medicare payment issues, and matters involving state regulatory agencies.

David’s professional expertise includes:

  • Managed care litigation
  • Health care regulatory advice and counsel
  • Managed care contracting
  • HIPAA compliance and privacy issues
  • Medi-Cal managed care issues


  • University of San Francisco, School of Law, J.D., 2006
    • Recipient, Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, with honors
  • University of California, at Davis, B.S., Microbiology, 2000

Professional Associations

  • Co-Chair of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Health Care Law Section (2019-2020)

Prior Experience

  • Counsel at DSR Health Law / Kennaday Leavitt & Daponde (2014-2020)
  • Associate at Branson, Brinkop, Griffith and Strong (2007-2014)

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