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Elise Dunitz Brennan


Elise Dunitz Brennan has practiced healthcare law for over 30 years.  Her practice concentrates on the general representation of healthcare systems, including hospitals, pharmaceutical and device companies, and long-term care facilities.  She specializes in operational and regulatory support, compliance planning, mergers and acquisitions, HIPAA, billing issues, Medicare, Antikickback and Stark, EMTALA, managed care, physician recruitment, physician medical staff issues, licensure, Certificate of Need and Change of Ownership, peer review hearings, fraud and abuse, risk management and new service development.  Recently, her practice has included healthcare provider integration initiatives such as ACOs, service line collaborations and non-clinical joint ventures, and healthcare provider and payor contracting issues.  She also serves as an Arbitrator on the Commercial and Healthcare Panel of the American Arbitration Association and as an Arbitrator, Mediator and Trainer for the American Health Lawyers Association.  Chambers USA, the leading evaluator of attorneys, referred to Ms. Brennan as “an outstanding healthcare lawyer with a strong suit in the representation of institutions and transactions.”  Ms. Brennan is the only Oklahoma attorney elected as a Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association.

4000 One Williams Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74172

Tel: (918) 586-8585
Fax: (918) 586-8315
Email: ebrennan@cwlaw.com

AV Rated

Representative Transactions/Cases:
  • Acquisition of a Certificate of Need, bond financing and regulatory approval for the first life care community in Oklahoma
  • Formation and drafting of all provider and group contracts for a hospital-owned managed care entity in Oklahoma, which offers HMO, PPO, fully-insured and Medicare Advantage products
  • Representation of hospitals in over 20 physician peer review hearings
  • Representation of a large physician practice in its acquisition by a large tertiary care hospital
  • Representation of investors in the acquisition of primary care and psychiatric hospitals
  • Assistance to hospitals and physician practices with compliance self-assessments and remedial actions
  • Guided the restructuring of a large long-term care system and provided advice on new service development
  • Representation of an association of independent pharmacies in negotiation of contracts and dispute resolution with national PBMs
  • Representation of the largest Oklahoma behavioral health center
  • Served as Arbitrator in excess of 4 dozen disputes, many between healthcare providers and payors or partners
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Michigan (M.S.W.)
  • Tulane University (B.A., magna cum laude)
Bar Admissions & Years:
  • Oklahoma - 1983
  • U.S. Federal Courts - 1983
Memberships & Affiliations:
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Current Fellow, Past Member of the Board Directors and Executive Committee, Past Chair of Credentialing Practice Group, Public Interest Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force)
  • Oklahoma Health Lawyers Association (Past President)
  • American Arbitration Association (Member of the Commercial and Health Panels)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel – Mediator, Arbitrator and Trainer)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law
Awards & Distinctions:
  • Phi Beta Kappa - 1976
  • Order of the Barristers - 1983
  • A-V Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating - 1987 to present
  • The Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law - 1991 to present
  • Listed as One of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oklahoma by Oklahoma Magazine - 2006 to present
  • Chambers U.S.A. Leading Lawyers for Business: Corporate/Commercial - 2010 to present
  • Listed as one of the Pre-eminent Practitioners in the Country of Leading US Healthcare Lawyers by Legal Media Group - 2010
  • Tulsa Lawyer of the Year in Health Care - Best Lawyers - 2011
  • Leadership in Law Award (Journal Record) - 2012
  • One of 50 Making a Difference – Woman of the Year (Journal Record) - 2014
Other Activities and Interests:
  • City of Tulsa (Nominated by Mayor and Elected by City Council to Ethics Advisory Committee)
  • Tulsa Ballet Theater, Inc. (Member of Board of Directors)
  • Family & Children's Services (Past President, Member of the Board of Directors, Current Member of Advisory Board)