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Bruce Howell - Healthcare Law Attorney - Portland, OR

Bruce F. Howell J.D, M.S.


503-796-2997 Direct
214-336-1005 Cell

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Bruce Howell is one of the pioneers in the practice of health law. From being one of the founders of the Dallas (Texas) Bar Association's Health Law Section to one of the first attorneys to be certified as a Board Certified Health Lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2002, Mr. Howell has experienced a vast array of issues across the health industry spectrum.

Professional Experience

Mr. Howell focuses his practice on various aspects of health law, including reimbursement, fraud and abuse, managed care issues, physician practice management issues, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010. He also handles cases involving genetics, organ transplant technology, reproductive technology, clinical research and health care insurance coverage.

Mr. Howell has represented companies and individuals in health care governmental investigations and counseled clients in structuring transactions to comply with health law regulatory requirements. He has also represented clients before state and federal agencies in health care matters, created compliance programs, and consulted on corporate governance matters and tax enforcement matters in nonprofit tax/health care work. Mr. Howell is also experienced in litigating cases related to health care insurance, ERISA issues, and health law regulatory matters as well as serving as an expert witness in these areas.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 is the most significant piece of social legislation in the past fifty years. Mr. Howell counsels providers and businesses in complying with the requirements of and finding financial opportunities in connection with the Act.

Proficient in French and Spanish, Mr. Howell has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers (2013-2014), Texas Super Lawyers (2007-2012) and as an Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyer (Nightingale's Health Care News, 2004). He has also been listed on the Best Lawyers in America (Health Law, 2006-2014), Best Lawyers in Texas (Health Law, 2010-2012), and Best Lawyers in Oregon (2013-2015) lists.

Publications (Partial List)

Presentations (Partial List)

  • Are We There Yet? The Continuing Travails of the Affordable Care Act, OHSU, September 23, 2014
  • Clinical Integration, Health Care Information, and the Alignment of Incentives, May 14, 2014
  • Challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Clark County (Washington) Bar Association (January 8, 2014)
  • Post Supreme Court Challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Oregon State Bar Health Law Section (December 13, 2013)
  • Recent Challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Multnomah Bar Association (December 18, 2013)
  • Health Care Reform Update, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (May 20, 2013)
  • Health Care Reform - Where Are We Now? ACPEN Health Industry Update (May 15, 2013)
  • Regulatory Update - 2012, Oregon Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, November 8, 2012
  • Legal Implications of Health Care Reform, Oregon State Bar Health Law Section, October 28, 2012
  • Implications of Health Care Reform, Oregon Association of Legal Administrators, October 19, 2012
  • Implications of the Supreme Court's Decision in the NFIB v. Sibelius, et al, Texas State Bar Health Law Section Annual Conference, October 16, 2012
  • The Health Care Reform Cases: The Court Speaks on the Limits of Congressional Power, Program Chair, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il., August 4, 2012
  • Constitutional Challenges to Health Care Reform, State Bar of Texas Health Law Section Annual Meeting, June 24, 2011
  • Healthcare Reform 101 Implications and Opportunities for CME, The 2011 Texas CME Conference, June 17, 2011
  • Constitutional Challenges to Health Care Reform, Dallas Bar Association, June 15, 2011
  • Legal and Ethical Issues of Clinical Trials, Dallas Bar Association, February 2010

Professional & Community Activities

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Law and the Affordable Care Act, Willamette University College of Law
  • ABA Medical Research, Biotechnology and Clinical Ethical Issues Interest Group, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association – Health Law Section, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Texas – Health Law Section, Past Chair
  • French American Chamber of Commerce – Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Southwest Transplant Alliance – Board of Directors, Past Vice Chair; Governance Committee, Chair
  • University of North Texas School of Medicine – Past Member, Institutional Review Board
  • UT Southwestern Medical School, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas – Past Adjunct Professor
  • American Bar Association publication, Health Lawyer – Vice Chair, Editorial Board
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Health Law Exam Commission – Member
  • Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, "Fast Friends" Scholarship Committee (affiliated with Friends of the Children), Portland, Oregon
  • President, Board of Directors, All Classical Public Media, Inc. (WQAC 89.9), Portland, Oregon
  • Member, The Arlington Club, Portland, Oregon
  • Invitee, The Renaissance Weekends, Hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Phillip Lader

Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Courts
Texas State Courts
New York State Courts
Texas Board of Legal Specialization – Board Certified, Health Law
United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits
United States Supreme Court

University of North Texas, Master of Science degree (2002)
University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor degree (1974)
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts degree (1967)

Can A Corporation Be Baptized?, March 4, 2015
Breaking News Alert: Health Care, November 10, 2014
Medicare Report and the False Claims Act, April 15, 2014
Obamacare and Religious Freedom: The Supreme Court Will Weigh In, December 24, 2013
One More Time with Feeling: PPACA Cases Post 2012, August 27, 2013
Employers Granted One-Year Extension on ACA Penalities, July 2, 2013
EEOC Files GINA Complaint , June 6, 2013
OIG Updates Special Advisory Bulletin Regarding Medicare/Medicaid Exclusions, May 8, 2013
New Fraud Alert for Health Care Clients, April 30, 2013
OIG Announces Provider Self Disclosure Protocol Update, April 17, 2013
Breaking Alert: OIG Issues Fraud Alert Concerning PODS, March 29, 2013
Breaking Alert Regarding Women's Health Amendment in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , March 15, 2013
Challenges May Reverse Reform Provisions, February 1, 2013
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over, December 17, 2012

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