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David A. King, Calif. Attorney General Candidate, Supports Policies to Help ASCs Do Business

Attorney David A. King understands that owning a small business can be extremely difficult, especially when that small business is an ambulatory surgery center. "An ASC has a small staff and limited resources focusing on providing patient care. An ASC faces an impossible burden to keep up with the alphabet soup of California's regulatory agencies. The crucial thing with which I'm intimately familiar is this: It's almost impossible to comply with all the regulations enforced by the state. Even the Attorney General herself wouldn't be able to run an ASC and comply with all these laws and regulations," says Mr. King.

Since 2004, the year in which he founded The King Law Group, David King has represented five ASCs, helping them navigate through an uncoordinated morass of rules, regulations and laws. Big businesses have far more resources and are able to pass along these regulatory costs to consumers, he notes.

Mr. King is currently a candidate in the race for Attorney General of California, a position in which he says he would be best positioned to champion policies helping ASCs thrive. To do this, he plans to draw from the understandings gleaned from his broad range of experience working in every level of government, including the city, county, state and federal levels. A sampling of his professional history reveals a diverse background: He has worked as San Diego Deputy City Attorney, as a prosecutor and a defender of the San Diego City Council's land development decisions; and, he served as Chairman of California's Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Since 1996, he has private sector experience in business law.  He is also an experienced certified public accountant. Before founding The King Law Group in 2004, he practiced securities law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Silicon Valley and Sidley Astin Brown & Wood in New York City.

When asked why he is running, Mr. King is candid. "Every licensed business in the state of California risks falling out of compliance. I don't want our state to use this non-compliance as an opportunity to recover both fines and attorney's fees. I'm a good attorney. I help people stay in business," he says.

He also notes that he is not an anti-government type — he knows there's such a thing as "good government. I know from first-hand experience that government can do beneficial things," he says.

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