State of Healthcare in the Pacific Northwest –
Considerations for Oregon Healthcare Attorneys

Thursday, April 20, 2023
3:30 – 5:30 pm
CLE Credits: 1 general CLE credit (pending)
Location: In-Person at the Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, 1211 SW 5th Ave, Ste 1900, Portland

Please join the Oregon State Bar Health Law Section on Thursday, April 20, 2023, for an in-person afternoon CLE on the results of a recent State of Healthcare in the Pacific Northwest Survey conducted by Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC, in conjunction with Portland Business Journal and Puget Sound Business Journal and a discussion of issues identified in the survey ‎ of which all Oregon healthcare attorneys should be aware. This 1 hour roundtable CLE will be led by Schwabe attorneys Kelly Riggs, Jon French, and Gary Bruce. The CLE discussion will begin at 3:30, and will be followed by a reception at 4:30, hosted by Schwabe.

Few industries have faced the number of challenges that healthcare has faced over the past several years. As the industry continues to make rapid-fire changes and adjust to new realities post-pandemic, Schwabe wanted to better understand the experiences and concerns of healthcare executives, employees, and patients, and recently conducted a survey on the state of healthcare in the Pacific Northwest. The results from over 600 respondents are now in, and Schwabe’s State of Healthcare in the Pacific Northwest report offers an in-depth look at what’s top-of-mind in the industry today, where there are opportunities to grow and evolve, and how the industry is thinking about overcoming some of its toughest challenges.

Schwabe attorneys Kelly Riggs, Jon French, and Gary Bruce are looking forward to sharing the results of the survey with the Section, and leading a discussion about some of the key legal considerations and implications affecting the work we do as healthcare attorneys as we move forward in the post-pandemic world. Questions and participation in the discussion by all participants will be encouraged.

This is an in-person only event, as we are excited to bring the group back together again and would like encourage active participation in the discussion.


Gary Bruce is an Of Counsel at Schwabe, and member of its Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group. Gary’s practice focuses on representing hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations to find practical and patient-focused solutions to complex transactional, organizational, regulatory compliance, and healthcare delivery challenges. Before joining Schwabe, Gary spent 10 years serving as Vice President and General Counsel to St. Charles Health System in Bend. Gary previously served as in-house counsel to a healthcare system in North Carolina. He has also taught courses in health law for Willamette Law School, the University of Oregon’s Executive MBA program, and the Central Oregon Community College’s nursing program.

Jon French is a Shareholder at Schwabe, and member of its Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group. Jon’s practice focuses on representation of healthcare systems, hospitals, medical groups, and providers in business transactions, formation, complex agreements, governance, insurance coverage, healthcare regulatory compliance, and privacy and data security matters. Before joining Schwabe, Jon served as Chief Legal Officer for a hospital system in Washington, and has prior experience in medical malpractice defense. Jon is also a proud U.S. Navy veteran, where he served as an officer in the JAG Corps, with wartime deployments to both Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

Kelly Riggs is a Shareholder at Schwabe, and member of its Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group. Kelly’s practice focuses on providing proactive advice and counseling to help healthcare and other employers navigate complex employment law matters, including those that intersect with patient care and other health law compliance considerations. Kelly’s goal is to help clients avoid litigation in the first place, but when necessary she also defends employers in lawsuits and administrative proceedings. Kelly also has prior experience with health law compliance and medical malpractice defense matters.

The program is free, but registration is required.

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