Douglas M. Press

Assistant County Counsel

Douglas Press oversees the Office’s Health & Hospitals team; the Civil Rights, Tort, and Employment Litigation team; and the Jail Reform Class Action team.  Douglas joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2018 after more than twenty-three years in State Service, which included serving as the statewide manager for the California Attorney General’s Office Health, Education & Welfare Section, and in gubernatorial appointments as the Chief Counsel for the California Department of Health Care Services and General Counsel for the California Health & Human Services Agency.  

Douglas’s professional expertise includes:

  • Healthcare law
  • Education law
  • Americans with Disabilities Act litigation
  • Class action and complex litigation
  • Appellate litigation in federal and state intermediate appellate and supreme courts
  • Mediation and dispute resolution
  • Statutory and regulatory drafting

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1993

    • Editor-in-Chief, The Boston University Public Interest Law Journal
  • Fulbright Scholar in public health, Sri Lanka, 1987-1988
  • Tufts University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1987

Prior Experience

  • General Counsel at the California Health & Human Services Agency (2015-2018)
  • Chief Counsel at the California Department of Health Care Services (2011-2015)
  • Senior Assistant Attorney General at the California Attorney General’s Office (2007-2011)
  • Supervising Deputy Attorney General at the California Attorney General’s Office (2002-2007)
  • Deputy Attorney General at the California Attorney General’s Office (1995-2002)
  • Associate Attorney at Gibbons & Conley (1994-1995)

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