Jillian Somers

Jillian Somers Donovan

Senior Counsel

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Healthcare Litigation
Healthcare Litigation
San Francisco

Jillian works on civil and regulatory litigation for health care industry clients and providers of long-term care services. Jillian represents health care providers and senior care communities in administrative proceedings and litigation in a wide array of matters. She handles appeals of regulatory citations, deficiencies, and licensure actions, as well as lawsuits alleging professional negligence, elder abuse, wrongful death, fraud, and breach of contract. Jillian handles all phases of litigation: discovery, law and motion practice, mediation, arbitration, administrative hearings, trials, writs and appeals.

Jillian has also been involved in the representation of companies in large-scale breach of contract actions, state and federal class actions, and State Attorney General actions. Jillian’s representation of such companies mainly involved pharmaceutical and health care litigation, as well as consumer fraud actions.

Representative Work

Represented Continuing Care Retirement Community in trial of two unlawful detainer actions.

Represented hospital system in multi-million dollar lawsuit alleging interference with contract and retaliation, including acting as trial counsel.

Successfully briefed and argued summary judgment motion in civil litigation challenging State AA Citation issued to a Skilled Nursing Facility.

Obtained restraining order for pro bono client after hearing.

Obtained dismissal of deportation action for pro bono clients based on Fourth Amendment search and seizure violation.

Assisted with obtaining appellate reversal and dismissal of US$1.2 billion Medicaid fraud judgment and reversal and remand of US$11.4 million unfair trade practice judgment against pharmaceutical manufacturer in action brought by the Arkansas Attorney General.

Assisted in matter where client prevailed on appeal from $330 million judgment in Medicaid fraud action by the Louisiana Attorney General, winning reversal and entry of judgment in favor of pharmaceutical manufacturer in the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Assisted with obtaining order striking class claims before any discovery in case alleging violations of Missouri Merchandising Practices Act by over-the-counter manufacturer.

Assisted in defending major consumer products company against false advertising class actions involving personal care products.


"Fourth Circuit Decides Closely Watched False Claims Act Case, Michaels v. Agape Senior Community, But Declines to Rule on Validity of Statistical Sampling," AHLA Member Alert (March 2016)

"Finalized Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule Goes Into Effect Today – Providers Are You Ready?" Health Care Alert (March 2016)

"New California Assisted Suicide Law Gives Senior Care Providers Limited Protection," co-author, Senior Housing & Care Law Alert (October 2015)

"Evidence Code Section 1157 Expanded to Include Pharmacy Review Committees," co-author, Health Care Law Alert (October 2015)

"Antitrust Considerations For Senior Living Providers," co-author, American Seniors Housing Association Special Issues Brief (Summer 2013)

"Zealous Advocacy and the Discovery Process: Does the Duty to Cooperate Leave Room for Lawyering after National Day Laborer?" co-author, Practicing Law Institute's Summer Ethics Programs (June 2011)

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Community Involvement

Hastings Trial Team, Volunteer Coach

Professional Affiliations

California Society for Healthcare Attorneys

American Health Lawyers Association

California Association Medical Staff Services

LeadingAge California

California Association of Health Facilities

Bar Association of San Francisco

Academic Distinction

Hastings Law Journal

Thurston Society


J.D., magna cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2009)

B.A., magna cum laude, California Polytechnic State University (2004)

University College Cork, Ireland (Study Abroad)

Admissions And Courts


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

San Francisco

415-995-5101 Direct Phone
415-995-3511 Fax

Email Attorney


Firm Leadership

Recruiting Committee