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Bruce Howell - Healthcare Law Attorney - Portland, OR

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


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Bruce Howell is one of the pioneers in the practice of health law and head of the Schwabe Healthcare Industry Group. 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, laboratory matters, clinical research and health care insurance coverage. Mr. Howell also counsels providers and businesses in complying with the requirements of and finding financial opportunities in connection with the Act.

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 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, health law regulatory matters, and the Affordable Care Act as well as serving as an expert witness in these areas.

Proficient in French and Spanish, Mr. Howell has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers (2013-2016), 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, 2006-2016), Best Lawyers in Texas (Health Law, 2010-2012), and Best Lawyers in Oregon (2013-2016) lists.

Publications (Partial List)

Presentations (Partial List / 2012-2015)

  • The Affordable Care Act, Texas State Bar Health Law Section Annual Conference, October 11, 2015
  • The Affordable Care Act: Recent Developments, Seattle University, August 11, 2015
  • 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

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, Founder and 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 – Past Member
  • Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 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
Washington State Courts (Application Pending)
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, Statistical Genetics (2002)
University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor degree (1974)
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts degree (1967)

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