Gary Bruce

Of Counsel

My goal is to work as an extension of your team, ‎helping find solutions that are in your best interests, as ‎well as the interests of your business and patients.‎

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I work with hospitals, health systems, and other ‎healthcare organizations to find practical and patient-focused solutions to complex challenges. I truly enjoy my job and the opportunity to work with so many smart, dedicated, and thoughtful healthcare professionals.

Before coming to Schwabe, I spent 10 years at St. Charles Health ‎System (SCHS), where I served as Vice President and General ‎Counsel. In that role, I provided legal advice and counsel to the board of ‎directors, executive leadership, and medical staff while overseeing ‎the health system’s legal and risk management departments. I served as a staff attorney for six years at Mission Health, ‎Inc. in Asheville, North Carolina, prior to my time at SCHS. These experiences have ‎given me an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of ‎healthcare companies and the particular legal challenges they face.‎

I’ve taught health law classes for Willamette Law School, the University of Oregon’s ‎Executive MBA Program, as well as Central Oregon Community ‎College’s nursing program. In 2006, I was awarded Mission ‎Health, Inc.’s Spirit of Martin Luther King Award for outstanding ‎achievement in the fields of diversity and cultural awareness.‎


  • Provided legal advice and counsel to board of directors, executive leadership, medical staff, and frontline caregivers.
  • Oversaw legal and risk management departments and provided counsel on legal and risk matters.
  • Worked independently and with outside counsel to defend SCHS against legal claims.
  • Helped negotiate and manage relationships with outside insurers and claims administrators.
  • Worked to set up accountable care and coordinated care organizations and networks.
  • Helped develop policies and systems to enforce appropriate use of electronic medical records systems by outside entities.
  • Helped negotiate and oversee acquisitions of hospitals and healthcare practices.
  • Helped address and manage violations of medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and policies by physicians and other providers.
  • Provided legal support to medical executive, bylaws, and credentialing committees.
  • Reviewed, negotiated, and drafted hospital contracts.
  • Researched and drafted policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws and standards.
  • Served as resource on legal questions regarding the appropriate use and disclosure of patient information and handled claims processing.


  • University of Oregon, Master of Business Administration degree (2016)‎
  • Oregon State University, Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude (1995)‎
  • Washington and Lee School of Law, Juris Doctor degree ‎‎(2000)‎


  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts


  • Adventist Medical Center, Ethics Committee Member (2021-present)
  • Oregon State Bar, Executive Committee of Health Law Section (2010-2011)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Health Law Section, Advisory Council Member & Co-Editor (2003-2005)
  • Young Lawyers’ Division of the 28th Judicial District Bar, President (2004-2005)


  • Spirit of Martin Luther King Award, Mission Health, Inc. (2006)

Community Activities

  • Tour des Chutes, Board Member (2018-present)
  • St. Charles Health System, helped establish an employee assistance program, a pediatric reading program, and an environmental sustainability program (2009-2019)
  • W.C. Reid Center for Creative Arts, Board Member (2005-2008)
  • ABCCM-Doctors’ Medical Clinic, Board Member (2004-2008)

Outside Interests

Running, hiking, cycling, and skiing.

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