2009 Public Lawyer of the Year: Patricia Sturdevant

Ms. Sturdevant accepted her award at an Award Ceremony and Reception during the State Bar Annual Meeting, September 10 - 13, 2009 in San Diego.

Biographical Statement of Patricia Sturdevant

Patricia SturdevantThe Public Law Section Executive Committee is pleased to announce Patricia Tenoso Sturdevant as this year's recipient of the distinguished Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award.  Ms. Sturdevant is the Assistant Chief Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the State Department of Managed Health Care.

The annual award recognizes Ms. Sturdevant as an exceptional lawyer who has dedicated a significant portion of her career to public service. She is among a group of esteemed award recipients who represent the highest level of professional and ethical standards and who are inspirational advocates for the public interest. 

Ms. Sturdevant is nationally recognized as a consumer advocate with extensive expertise in health care law, managed health care issues, and predatory mortgage lending. She has been hailed as an innovative thinker who pioneered both the negotiation of third party payments in settlement of Department of Managed Health Care Enforcement actions to mitigate harm caused enrollees by plan misconduct, and the modern use of cy pres remedies in class action cases. 

She is also a successful litigator who recovered more than $100 million in damage awards in complex unlawful business practices and class action cases, and directed work of multidisciplinary teams of public relations and accounting professionals distributing those damage awards to class members.