Kendra Doty is a Senior Associate with the firm.  She works on matters relating to Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act, as well as non-healthcare federal entitlement programs such as Foster Care and Adoption Assistance, TANF, and SNAP.

Kendra has advised and represented clients in litigation and other matters relating to Medicaid administrative claiming, cost allocation, random moment time studies, school-based health services, and representative payees.  She has also defended clients in lawsuits related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medicaid’s prohibition on payment for services furnished to individuals in “institutions for mental diseases” (IMDs), reimbursement for federally-qualified health center (FQHC) services, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Prior to joining the firm, Kendra worked as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  As a staff attorney, she conducted legal research and presented to the Court recommended dispositions of substantive and procedural motions, appeals decided without oral argument, and emergency matters.   She also analyzed court practice and offered guidance on novel or complex issues. Since joining the firm, Kendra has maintained her connection to the D.C. Circuit by serving as court-appointed amicus in a case concerning whether federal courts have jurisdiction to hear constitutional challenges to administrative appeal procedures.

Kendra graduated from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she was a student attorney in the Appellate Advocacy Center’s Supreme Court Clinic.  During law school, Kendra worked in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy where she assisted the litigation team with defending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) compliance lawsuits and analyzed records to determine disclosure requirements under FOIA.  She also worked in the Federal Defender Services of Idaho’s Capital Habeas Unit researching discovery rules, state variation in appellate procedure, and the constitutionality of criminal sentencing delays.

Before attending law school, Kendra earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Idaho State University.  She was an active member of the university’s nationally competitive policy debate team, and following graduation, she coached policy debate at Whitman College and Arizona State University.

While Kendra was growing up in Idaho, her grandparents were foster parents, and she spent a lot of time playing with and caring for the children who joined her group of cousins.

  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2019
    • cum laude
    • Northwestern University Law Review
  • Idaho State University, B.S., 2014