Bruce F. Howell


A pioneer in the practice of health law, Bruce Howell is a thought leader in Schwabe’s Healthcare Industry Group. Bruce was among the founders of the Dallas (Texas) Bar Association's Health Law Section and one of the first Board Certified* Health Lawyers in Texas. Bruce is also one of 8 attorneys nationally to serve as a founding member of the American Bar Association National Board of Health Lawyers. 

Vast healthcare industry experience

Bruce counsels clients on a broad array of health law issues, including reimbursement, fraud and abuse, managed care issues, physician practice management issues and the Affordable Care Act of 2010. He handles cases involving genetics, organ transplant technology, laboratory matters, clinical research and healthcare insurance coverage. Bruce also helps providers and businesses comply with and find financial opportunities in connection with the Affordable Care Act.

Exceptional regulatory experience

Bruce has represented companies and individuals in healthcare 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/healthcare work. Bruce is experienced in litigating cases related to healthcare insurance, Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) issues, health law regulatory matters, and the Affordable Care Act, and has also served as an expert witness in these areas.

* ‎“The Supreme Court of Washington does not recognize certification of specialties in the practice of law ‎and that the certificate, award, or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in the state of ‎Washington.”‎



  • Represented more than 35 physicians in a national dissolution of a physicians’ management company.
  • Represented physicians and others in Office of Inspector General/U.S. Attorney/State investigations.
  • Represented more than 25 physician groups in creating and selling interests in ambulatory surgery centers and specialty hospitals, including litigating several of such matters
  • Represented neuromonitoring company in litigation and corporate/healthcare regulatory matters.
  • Represented defense counsel as an expert witness in litigating the issues of the applicability of the terms of the Affordable Care Act and the collateral source rule
  • Represented a third party administration company in structuring a network of providers and provided regulatory advice in connection with such representation
  • Represented plaintiff's counsel as an expert in Medicare suspensions and exclusions

Memberships & Awards


  • American Bar Association National Board of Health Lawyers, Founding Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association Medical Research, Biotechnology and Clinical Ethical Issues Interest Group, Former Chair
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Affordable Care Act Task Force Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Health Law Section, Founder and Former Chair
  • State Bar of Texas, Health Law Section, Former Chair
  • French American Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Southwest Transplant Alliance, Board of Directors, Former Vice Chair; Governance Committee, Chair
  • University of North Texas School of Medicine, Institutional Review Board, Former Member
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas: former Adjunct Professor at these institutions
  • American Bar Association publication, The Health Lawyer, Vice Chair, Editorial Board; appointed Chair for 2017-2018
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Health Law Exam Commission, Former Member
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • All Classical Public Media, Inc. (WQAC 89.9), Board of Directors, Former President
  • The Arlington Club, Member
  • The Renaissance Weekends, Hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Phillip Lader, Invitee
  • DePaul Treatment Centers, Member, Board of Directors (Executive Committee)


  • Oregon Super Lawyers award (2013-2018)
  • Texas Super Lawyers award (2007-2012)
  • Nightingale's Health Care News, Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyer award (2004)
  • Best Lawyers in America award, Health Law (2006-2019)
  • Best Lawyers in Texas award, Health Law (2010-2012)
  • Best Lawyers in Oregon award (2013-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent/Judicial rating (1998-Present)
  • Elected America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2018-19)

Resources & Ideas


Seminars & Speaking Engagements


Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Willamette University College of Law, Adjunct Professor, Health Law, Biomedical Law, and Malpractice Law
  • Board of Directors, All Classical Public Media Inc. Portland, Former Chair
  • DePaul Treatment Centers, Executive Committee Member, Board of Directors




Oregon State Courts 

Texas State Courts 

New York State Courts 

Washington State Courts

Texas Board of Legal Specialization – Board Certified, Health Law

United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

United States District Court, District of Oregon

United States District Court, Northern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits 

United States Supreme Court

Outside The Office