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245 Winter Street SE
Salem  Oregon  97301

Professor Howell is one of the pioneers in the field of Health Law having practiced in this area of law almost since its inception in the 1980s. He is a board-certified health law attorney in the State of Texas and has practiced law for forty-five years in New York, Texas, Oregon, and the State of Washington.

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

Professor Howell presently teaches Health Law I and II, medical malpractice law, and the Law of Biomedicine.


  • JD, University of Michigan, 1974
  • MS, University of North Texas, 2002
  • BA, University of Michigan, 1967

Publications (partial list)

  • A New Wrinkle for the Arbitration Clause ( publishing date late 2020)
  • “Post-Escobar Circuit Challenges”, ABA Health eSource (2017)(co-author Emily S. Baker)
  • "Was it ‘Jiggery Pokery' or did Everyone Miss the Point?" The Health Lawyer (American Bar Association) (Spring 2016)
  • "Can a Corporation Be Baptized?" The Health Lawyer (American Bar Association Health Law Section) (March 4, 2015)
  • "Will Cover Oregon Cover Oregon?" Portland Business Journal (May 2014)
  • "A Matter of Conscience (Recent Religious Challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)," ABA Health eSource (February 2013)
  • "One More Time with Feeling: PPACA Cases Post 2012," ABA Health eSource, (2012)
  • "The Corporate Practice of Medicine and Accountable Care Organizations," ABA Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases (March 2012)
  • "’ If it Quacks Like a Duck….’ An Analysis of the United States Supreme Court decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius", The ABA Health Lawyer 2012
Willamette University

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College of Law
245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
(503) 370-6405

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