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Kendall R. Watkins

Ken is a shareholder helping long-term care health care providers and health associations. He previously spent almost 10 years as in-house corporate counsel at an Iowa-based long-term care health care management company, giving him a unique perspective into what his clients do and see every day.

The long-term care environment is an ever-changing and highly regulated industry, based in large part on significant federal and state funding provided to facilities. His clients include a broad range of for-profit and not-for-profit health care providers, from large national operators to individual community-operated facilities.

Ken routinely represents long-term care providers in federal and state regulatory administrative appeals, government investigations, malpractice litigation, business transactions, employment issues, certificate of need proceedings and professional licensing of physicians, nurses and nursing facility administrators.


Davis Brown is general counsel to the Iowa Health Care Association  and its divisions, the Iowa Center for Assisted Living, and Iowa Center for Home Care, the largest long-term care and assisted living trade association in Iowa, representing over 700 facilities and programs. Ken assists the Association and its membership through involvement in regulatory, legislative, and contractual issues.

Ken is also general counsel for the Iowa Chiropractic Society, a trade group for over six hundred chiropractors in Iowa, advising the Society and its membership in a variety of legislative and contractual issues.