Cassidy Davenport is an appellate specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She is a partner at Cole Pedroza LLP and has been with the firm since 2008.
Cassidy has dedicated the past twelve years of her practice to the defense of California health care providers. She has provided advice and counsel to hospitals, physicians, health care systems, medical executive committees, risk managers, and other health care professionals in various contexts. Cassidy has developed a particular proficiency in state appeals and writs. Her notable appellate accomplishments include successfully obtaining writ relief to prevent punitive damages against physician defendants, reversing an order denying defendant health care providers summary judgment on a medical negligence claim, reversing an order denying a physician’s anti-SLAPP motion, and successfully defending physician defendants before the California Supreme Court in a case that resulted in a favorable decision for the entire California health care industry.
Cassidy’s representation of clients in the health care sector extends to employment-related disputes before state and federal courts, as well as arbitrators and mediators. She has defended employers in actions involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, disability accommodations, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and defamation.
Cassidy has also demonstrated proficiency in the related area of medical staff privilege disputes. She provides counsel to medical executive committees, hospitals, and health systems on a variety of medical staff matters, including peer review, disciplinary actions, privacy issues, Medical Board reporting, and denial or loss of medical staff privileges.
Representative Cases Resulting in Published Opinions:
Winn v. Pioneer Medical Group, Inc. (2016) 63 Cal.4th 148 (limiting the scope of the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act with respect to health care providers rendering professional services); Chan v. Curran (2015) 237 Cal.App.4th 601 (upholding the constitutionality of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act’s noneconomic damages cap); Montague v. AMN Healthcare Inc. (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 1515 (affirming summary judgment for defendant health care staffing company where employee’s actions were outside the course and scope of employment); Leal v. Mansour, M.D. (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 638 (affirming judgment for defendant physician on causation defense); Corenbaum v. Lampkin (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1308 (amicus) (limiting admission of evidence to support recovery of past and future medical expenses, and noneconomic damages); Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern Cal. (2012) 55 Cal.4th 747 (amicus) (limiting the admission of expert testimony on future damages); Villano v. Waterman Conv. Hosp., Inc. (2010) 181 Cal.App.4th 1189 (affirming judgment for health care provider defendant where plaintiff patient failed to demonstrate prejudicial error).