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Dayna C. Nicholson

Dayna C. Nicholson is a senior associate in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices.

Ms. Nicholson focuses her practice on health care-related matters, such as licensing and other regulatory compliance, peer review and credentialing, and corporate and medical staff governance. Her clients include hospitals, medical staffs, managed care organizations, medical groups, medical device retailers and other health care providers. Ms. Nicholson also has significant experience in patient information privacy issues, appeals of state-issued administrative penalties, Medicare and Medi-Cal certification, emergency care requirements, and litigation arising out of peer review matters.

Prior to joining Pepper, Ms. Nicholson was a senior associate with the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, where she handled health care law and health litigation matters. In that role, Ms. Nicholson wrote frequently about issues related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and enforcement, patient safety and information privacy violations, and health care payment matters, and regularly assisted clients in those areas. Before attending law school, Ms. Nicholson worked for a physician services organization, where she prepared presentation materials for physician and hospital clients, engaged in data analysis and database design, and submitted required monthly reports to health plans.

Ms. Nicholson’s speaking engagements and publications include:

  • “What Do Law Firms Need To Do to be HIPAA Compliant and Meet Their Ethical Responsibilities?” Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 10th Annual Healthcare Law Compliance Symposium (October 10, 2013)
  • “HIPAA Omnibus Regulations (The ‘HIPAA Final Rule’)” (speaker), Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (May 30, 2013)
  • “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Overview” (speaker), Women in Health Administration of Southern California (July 20, 2010)
  • “Quality Matters: The Role and Impact of Hospital/Physician Integration, Enforcement and EHR/Health IT in the Pursuit of Quality Healthcare” (speaker), Los Angeles County Bar Association, Healthcare Law Section (June 9, 2009)
  • “Legal and Ethical Aspects of Managing Difficult Patients” (speaker), 8th Annual Health Care Symposium of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (January 30, 2009)
  • “A Medical Error Happened: Now What? The Implications for Medical Errors Heat Up” (co-author), The Journal of Health Care Compliance (January/February 2008).
  • Ms. Nicholson is active in a number of professional organizations. She serves on the board of directors and as a past president of the Women in Health Administration of Southern California. Ms. Nicholson is chair of the executive committee of the Health Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, having previously served as the section’s vice chair, secretary and treasurer. Ms. Nicholson is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association – Health Law Section, the California State Bar and the California Society of Health Care Attorneys. Additionally, Ms. Nicholson serves on the executive committee of The Johns Hopkins University’s Los Angeles alumni chapter. Ms. Nicholson was selected for inclusion on the Southern California Rising Stars list in 2007 and 2009-2013.

    In 2003, Ms. Nicholson received her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in a joint-degree program. She received her B.S., cum laude, in business administration from Pepperdine University in 1993. While attending Georgetown, Ms. Nicholson was a Law Fellow and participated in the Federal Legislation Clinic, focusing her research on the provision of Medicaid benefits to foster children in the District of Columbia.



  • Education
    B.S. 1993, cum laude, Pepperdine University
    M.P.H. 2003 Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
    J.D. 2003, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center


    Bar Admissions
    Admitted to practice in California


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