Cathy Deubel Salenko


Tel: (916) 551-2092


At a Glance

Cathy has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named a Top Lawyer for Nonprofit law by Sacramento Magazine in 2016. 

She leads the firm’s Health Care practice group. 

Cathy serves as general counsel to the County Medical Services Program Governing Board.

Cathy Deubel Salenkos practice is devoted to representing private and public health care providers and payers in a wide variety of health care and business matters. She leads Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Health Care practice group and is based in Sacramento.
She provides legal services to nonprofit health care systems, health care districts, hospitals, medical groups, physicians and other public, nonprofit and for-profit entities. Cathy’s practice includes:

  • General health care and business counseling
  • Contract negotiation and preparation
  • Managed care
  • Health regulatory and compliance issues
  • Acquisitions, mergers and affiliations of health care businesses
  • Financing transactions
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving 

Cathy serves as general counsel to the County Medical Services Program Governing Board. Representing the Governing Board since before its inception in 1995, Cathy oversees all its legal matters and the indigent health care programs it administers for 35 California counties. Past legal work on behalf of the Governing Board includes: contracting with a pharmacy benefits manager for prescription drug benefit administration; contracting with a third party administrator for health, dental and vision benefits administration; and contracting with the State of California for a low-income health program, called Path2Health, which operated under a federal Medicaid Waiver. 

Cathy has successfully completed numerous mergers, acquisition and affiliations of health care facilities, physician practices and businesses for nonprofit and district health care clients.
For more than 20 years, Cathy served as lead borrowers counsel to a major nonprofit health care system and other health care providers and entities in financing transactions exceeding $4 billion.
Prior to joining the firm in 2010, she was a shareholder with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento for nearly 20 years.
Cathy is a graduate of the American Health Lawyers Association Mediator Training Program and offers mediation services concerning health care issues. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and the District of Hawaii. She is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Hawaii.

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
  • University of San Diego, Lawyers Assistant Program - Litigation Specialization, with honors
  • California State University, Sacramento, B.A., with honors


  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Top Lawyer, Nonprofit, Sacramento Magazine 2016
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2004
  • Moot Court National Team and Moot Court Board, University of San Diego, 1982-83
  • Order of Barristers
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure