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

Megan Somogyi Elected President of Ballet22’s Board of Directors

Downey Brand is pleased to announce that energy and public utility regulation partner Megan Somogyi has been elected President of Ballet22’s Board of Directors.

Megan begins her term as President after serving on Ballet22’s inaugural Board of Directors since June of last year.

“I am honored that the Board has placed its trust in me. Ballet22 is a remarkable company doing groundbreaking work, and I am so privileged to take part in supporting the dancers, choreographers, and directors who are changing what ‘ballet’ means,” Megan said. “I invite everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area to attend our upcoming show at Z Space in San Francisco, on July 28 and 29—it will be a performance to remember!”

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Downey Brand Partner Andrea Clark Elevated to Chair of Capital Public Radio’s Board of Directors

Downey Brand is pleased to announce that water law partner Andrea Clark has been elevated to Chair of Capital Public Radio’s (CapRadio) Board of Directors. She will serve in the Chair position for two years.

Andrea, who has served on CapRadio’s Board since 2018, including most recently as Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee from 2019 – 2022, is leading the Board during an exciting period of growth and expansion. In 2023 the station anticipates relocating its headquarters and launching a new state-of-the-art community gathering and event space (CapRadio Live), both in downtown Sacramento, just one block from one another.

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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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