partners_01 Gary W. Sanders is one of the Founding Partners. Gary is also the Managing Partner and chairs the Firm’s Transactions Department, representing owners and operators of long-term care facilities.
Prior to starting the firm in 1988, Gary was General Counsel and Senior Vice President of a publicly traded long-term care company with over 150 facilities and operations in numerous states.

Gary has handled hundreds of long-term care transactions involving the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of long-term care facilities. Gary represents clients involved in the operation, ownership and management of long-term care, assisted living and other senior housing facilities.

On a daily basis Gary consults with clients on their transaction and corporate governance needs and manages several transactions as the chair of the Transactions Department.


Rita A Rehaste Rita A. Rehaste is one of the Founding Partners and chairs the Firm’s Collections and Reimbursement Department at Sanders Rehaste Sternshein & Harvey, LLP.

For over 23 years, Rita has represented long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and other senior housing facilities, hospice companies, pharmacies and other health-related entities in California. Rita assists clients with reimbursement and other payment issues that arise in the daily operation of long-term care facilities.

Rita currently serves on the GR Payment Subcommittee of the California  Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), the largest trade association primarily serving the long-term care profession in California. She has served on various subcommittees of CAHF in the past. She is a board member of the Orange County Chapter of CAHF.

Rita has handled numerous Medi-Cal, private insurance, managed care and private pay reimbursement matters on behalf of the healthcare providers. After working in the legal field as a certified paralegal for many years, Rita received her Bachelor of Science degree in Law in 1990 and her J.D. from Western State University in 1991. She was admitted to the California State Bar that same year. Rita is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Supreme Court.


jennifer m sternshein Jennifer M. Sternshein is a Partner in the Transactions Department of the Firm. She represents owners and operators of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, home health and hospice agencies in both the profit and non-profit spheres of the healthcare industry. Jennifer represents both buyers and sellers in healthcare transactions ranging from a single asset sale to transactions involving dozens of companies in multiple states.  On a daily basis, she helps clients navigate transactional issues involving real state, financing and borrower’s covenants, leases, purchase options, long term landlord-tenant relations and corporate governance for privately held healthcare companies.

Jennifer has an extensive licensing, certification and regulatory compliance practice created specifically to assist clients with CHOWs, Medicaid and Medicare provider enrollment, as well as initial certifications, re-validations and re-certifications.

Jennifer was named the 2014 Associate Member of the Year for Leading Age California. She is a founding board member of Leading Age California’s EMERGE Leadership Academy, and has presented and moderated at numerous Leading Age functions including the 2010 Annual Meeting and the 2013 Southern California Healthcare Reform Summit. Jennifer is an active member of the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and the California Association for Healthcare Services at Home (CAHSAH).

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from University of California at Santa Cruz and graduated summa cum laude in 2003 from Whittier College School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Robert H HarveyRobert H. Harvey is a Partner in the Collections and Reimbursement Department of the Firm. Robert has represented skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and other senior housing providers throughout California with a wide range of healthcare reimbursement and payment issues. His practice is primarily devoted to Medi-Cal eligibility and reimbursement issues. Robert regularly participates in administrative hearings, representing long-term care providers and their residents. Robert has extensive experience in navigating the complex Medi-Cal eligibility process.

Over the years, Robert has accumulated an extensive library of formal and informal agency rulings and guidelines not generally available, which are critical to interpreting complex provisions of the laws and regulations governing Medi-Cal. Robert provides client and industry education on Medi-Cal eligibility and appeals procedures, including presentations for the Orange County Chapter of the California Association of Health Facilities, the trade association serving the long-term care industry in the State.

Robert received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 2003. While attending Loyola, Robert clerked with the Firm and the Legal Aid Foundation of Orange County. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Supreme Court.