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Kat Todd

Kat Todd

Partner
Sacramento, CA
Telephone: 916-567-0400
FAX: 916-568-0400
E-mail: kt@szs.com
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Kat was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She practiced law in Canada for two years before moving to California and has practiced law in California since 2002. Kat’s practice focuses on healthcare law, including professional negligence defense as well as medical professional advocacy. She also has an interest in assisting acute care facilities with patients with difficult placements, including conservatorships and court petitions to obtain approval for treatment without a conservatorship. When she is not working, Kat uses her experience as a former rugby player (she represented Canada in two Women’s Rugby World Cups) and former referee to assist rugby referees, both at the national level and the international level.

Professional History

  • 2007 to Present - Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP, Sacramento, CA
    Partner
  • 2003 to 2007 - Dummit, Buchholz & Trapp, Sacramento, CA
    Associate
  • 2000 to 2001 - Wheatley Sadownik, Canada
    Associate
  • 1999 to 2000 - Bryan & Company, Canada
    Law Clerk

Education

  • LL.B. (J.D.), University of Alberta, Canada, 1999
  • B.A. (Psychology), Bishop’s University, Quebec, Canada, 1995

admissions

  • Provincial Bar of Alberta, Canada, 2002
  • California, 2002
  • United States District Court, Eastern District, 2004

Honors and memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Defense Research Institute
  • California Society for Healthcare Risk Management (Northern California)
  • Fellow of ABOTA National Trial College. Harvard; July 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyers:
    Honored as one of "Northern California's Rising Stars" 2013
  • Community Member on UC Davis Medical Center Bioethics Committee

Presentations

  • Legal Issues in Community Psychiatry. Presentation to Psychiatry Residents at UC Davis Medical Center. May 2016.
  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit. A presentation to Anesthesia Residents at UC Davis Medical Center. February 2016.
  • Issues with Patient Boarding in the Emergency Department. In conjunction with The Mutual Risk Retention Group, Inc., to the Emergency Medicine Providers at Barton Memorial Hospital. South Lake Tahoe, CA. May 2015.
  • Legal Issues in Community Psychiatry. Presentation to Psychiatry Residents at UC Davis Medical Center. April 2015.
  • Lengthy Difficult Patient Discharges in the Acute Care Setting. In conjunction with Sutter Health, at the CSHRM Annual Conference. Napa, CA. March 2015
  • Pain Management & Opioid Prescribing: Managing the Risks. In conjunction with NORCAL Mutual Insurance to the Sutter Gould Medical Group. The Stockton Golf and Country Club in Stockton, CA. May 2014.
  • Anatomy of a Trial: What Risk Managers Need to Know. A webinar to CSHRM members. May 2014.
  • Transitions in the Acute Continuum of Care. In conjunction with The Mutual Risk Retention Group, Inc., to the Emergency Medicine Providers at Barton Memorial Hospital. South Lake Tahoe, CA. May 2014.
  • Informed Consent and Informed Refusal. Presentation at UC Davis Medical Center. April 2012.
  • Medical-Legal Issues in Psychiatry Cases. Presentation to Psychiatry Residents at UC Davis Medical Center. April 2012.
  • The Art of the Deal. In conjunction with The Mutual Risk Retention Group, Inc., to SWOPE Medical Group in Nevada City, CA. September 2011.
  • Electronic Charting Roundtable. CEP Sutter Davis Hospital. June 2011.
  • Nursing Peer Review Board Presentation. UC Davis Medical Center. Sacramento, CA. June 2011.
  • Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Depositions. Video series for UC Davis Medical Center. Sacramento, CA. February 2011.

Personal Interests

  • International selector for female World Rugby referees
  • Golf
  • Diving
  • Bioethics
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