Patricia Egan Daehnke
Patricia Egan Daehnke | Founding Partner | Daehnke Stevens

Founding Partner

Las Vegas 702.979.2132
Los Angeles 310.272.8101


Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA, JD, cum laude
Loyola Marymount University, BA, English, Writing Emphasis

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
State Bar of Colorado
State Bar of Nevada
U.S.D.C., Central District of California
U.S.D.C., Southern District of California
U.S.D.C., District of Nevada
9th Circuit, Court of Appeals


A founding partner of Daehnke Stevens LLP, Patricia concentrates her practice in civil litigation, primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense.  Her practice includes litigation of complex, multi-party, high damages, high risk cases in California and Nevada, in state and federal court. She served as lead counsel for eight gastroenterologists in mass tort litigation arising from alleged negligence in Propofol administration and failure to properly sterilize endoscopes resulting in alleged transmission of Hepatitis C. Patricia has successfully defended high profile wrongful death and severe injury cases at trial in Nevada and California, in state and federal court.  She also represents healthcare professionals before licensing boards.

Patricia has been recognized as a prominent attorney in both California and Nevada.  Named one of California’s Top 100 Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal in 2015 and 2014 and a Woman of Distinction by the California Women Lawyers in 2013, Patricia was also named Top Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Defense by Vegas, Inc. Magazine in 2013 and Top Lawyer, Medical Malpractice by NPR’s Desert Companion, Las Vegas in 2014.  Patricia has been Martindale Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent from 2002 through 2017.  She has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Defense every year since 2007.

Patricia is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, is Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, a highly-selective trial attorney honor society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of all American lawyers.

Patricia served as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) in 2013-2014.  She received the Matthew S. Rae Outstanding Section Leader Award for her service as Chair of the Litigation Section. She is a past Chair of the LACBA Delegation to the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations. Patricia is a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Clark County Bar Association, and the American Academy of Medical Malpractice Attorneys.

Patricia is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, all courts of the states of California and Nevada, and the United States District Courts for Nevada, and Central and Southern District of California. She graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1992, where she was a Thomas More Scholar, President of the Moot Court Honors Council, Chair of the Martin Luther King Committee and a Gonzaga Law Review Associate Editor. She served as Judicial Law Clerk to Chief Justice Bob Rose of the Nevada Supreme Court in 1993.

Prior to founding Daehnke Stevens, Patricia was a shareholder and trial attorney at Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe & Nichols, where she started and became the managing shareholder of the Las Vegas office.

Notable Matters

  • Dees v. Billy, 394 F.3d 1290 (2005)
  • Bird v. Saenz, 51 P.3d 324 (2002)

Distinctions & Affiliations

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Charles R. English Spirit Award
  • Daily Journal Top 100 Women Lawyers (2014, 2015)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America – The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA, JD cum laude 
    • Thomas More Scholar
    • President, Moot Court Honors Council
    • Associate Editor, Gonzaga Law Review
    • Chair, Martin Luther King Committee
  • LACBA – Matthew S. Rae Outstanding Section Leader (2008)
  • Martindale Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent (2002-2017)
  • Super Lawyer, Medical Malpractice Defense (2007-2016)
  • Valley’s Top Lawyers, Medical Malpractice, NPR Desert Companion, Las Vegas (2014)
  • Vegas, Inc. Top Lawyers – Medical Malpractice Defense, Healthcare
  • Women of Distinction, California Women Lawyers (2013)


  • Board Certified Pretrial and Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Legal Specialization
  • Civil Trial Advocate, The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Bar Activities

  • California Bench-Bar Coalition – Member
  • California Women Lawyers – Member
  • Chancery Club – Member
  • Clark County Bar Association – Member
  • Defense Research Institute – Member
  • Diversity Law Institute – Member
  • Las Vegas HEALS – Member
  • LASC Central Civil Bench/Bar Liaison Committee – Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • President (2013-2014)
    • Litigation Section, Chair
    • Delegation to Conference of Delegates of the California Bar Association, Chair
    • President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, Found and Member
    • Outstanding Jurist Committee, Chair
    • Barrister’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, Member
    • Shattuck Price Committee, Chair
  • National Association of Women Business Owners – Member
  • Trial Lawyer Institute – Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles – Member

Publications & Media


  • “How Your Medical Chart Will Look to a Jury” — Bonne Briefs
  • “The Business and Practices of Medicine Post the ACA: What Challenges Lie Ahead for Nevada” — Nevada Business Journal
  • “Supreme Court Signals an End to Discriminatory Use of Peremptories” — Defense Counsel Journal

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Valley & Valley Hospitals MEC Retreat, “You Met the Standard of Care But You’re a Defendant Anyway; A Primer for Surviving a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit”
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Litigation Walk-Through Program “Trial Skills/Cross-Examination”
  • LACBA Litigation Section Inns of Court: “Pretrial Motions and Why They Are Important”
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel: “Under, Over, or Around: Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Circumvent MICRA”
  • LACBA Litigation Section Breakfast at the Bar: “Law & Motion”
  • LACBA Litigation Section Inns of Court: “Obtaining a New Client: What Do You Ask? Then What Do You Do?”
  • Kaiser Permanente Ethics Symposium — Genetic Medicine for the New Millennium: “Ethics on Trial: A Case Study”
  • LACBA Litigation Section Inns of Court: “Mediation – The Surprising Alternative”
  • LACBA New Lawyers Training Program: “Complaints and Responsive Pleadings”
  • LACBA Litigation Section: “Hot Topics in Civil Litigation”