Community

At Downey Brand, we are more than the billable hour. We take great pride in contributing to the vibrant communities in which we live and work. From our three offices across California, we proudly support community organizations through sponsorships, donations of in-kind services, and most notably, through participation by our attorneys and professional staff.

Many of our attorneys and professional staff lend their leadership skills and time to nonprofits throughout the region. Their volunteer efforts allow us to continue our longstanding tradition of believing that helping others is a result of both financial assistance and personal involvement. Our attorneys and professional staff have the privilege of serving on a broad range of charitable boards and are active participants, contributors, and supporters to more than 50 community organizations and programs:


Community News

Danielle Stephens Named President of Fairytale Town’s Board of Directors

Downey Brand is pleased to announce that real estate partner Danielle Stephens has been named President of Fairytale Town’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2023.

Danielle’s transition to President of the Board of Directors follows a yearlong term when she served as Vice President of the literacy-based children’s park and her eighth year on the Board. Fairytale Town is currently undergoing its first expansion since 1959, and as part of that project, the new “Story Center” was constructed and completed last fall.

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Partner Megan Somogyi Joins the Inaugural Board of Directors for Ballet22

Downey Brand is thrilled to announce that energy and public utility regulation partner Megan Somogyi has been invited to join Ballet22’s inaugural Board of Directors.

Megan has been involved with and inspired by Ballet22 the moment she watched their first virtual program in 2020, shortly after Ballet22 was founded.

“I believe the arts are an important bellwether for society’s health and growth. Ballet22’s first program was unlike anything I had ever seen, and it felt like hope,” said Megan. “I was hooked after that first performance and began volunteering and supporting Ballet22 immediately. Two years later, I am honored to join their inaugural Board of Directors.”

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Rebecca Smith Elected Chair of the Center for Land-Based Learning

Downey Brand is happy to announce that partner and water law attorney Rebecca Smith has been elected Chair of the Center for Land-Based Learning’s Board of Directors.

Rebecca has served as the Center for Land-Based Learning’s Vice-Chair since 2020 and Secretary from 2018-2019. Founded in 1993, the Woodland-based organization’s mission is to “inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders, and natural resource stewards.” Over the past several years, the group’s efforts have been directed towards its $4 million Growing Our Future Campaign, aiding in the construction of a new statewide headquarters in Woodland.

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