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Bruce G. Arnold


555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5501

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Bruce Arnold is a shareholder of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., residing in the firm’s Milwaukee office, where he is the co-leader of the firm’s Health Care Law Team. Mr. Arnold served for nearly 21 years as a member of the firm's Management Committee and later its Board of Directors. He counsels clients in all aspects of the health care industry, including hospital-physician strategic alignment, payor agreements (from both the provider and payor perspectives), health care joint ventures, multi-specialty clinics and individual or small-group physicians practices. He also has extensive experience in corporate governance matters, based both on his own service in various director organizations, and on his role as special counsel to boards of directors.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • Georgetown University, B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, 1978; Salutatorian


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Awards & Distinctions

  • Selected as a 2010 Recipient of the Judge Dale E. Ihlenfeldt Bankruptcy Award
  • Selected as a 2010 Recipient of the Wisconsin Law Journal Leader in the Law Award
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in both Health Care Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2005 - 2016)
  • Selected as one of the 75 Best Lawyers in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine, 1994, 2004
  • Named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2005-2015) (Health Care)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Reported Cases

  • In re Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 483 B.R. 855 (Bankr. E.D. Wis. 2012)
  • In re Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 483 B.R. 693 (Bankr. E.D. Wis. 2012)
  • John Doe, Claimant A-282 v. Archdiocese of Milwaukee (In re Archdiocese of Milwaukee), 772 F. 3d 437 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • John Doe, Claimant A-49 v. Archdiocese of Milwaukee (In re Archdiocese of Milwaukee), 743 F. 3d 1101 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • Jackson National Life Ins. Co. vs. Greycliff Partners, Ltd., 229 B.R. 750 (E.D. Wis. 1998)
  • Sampson Investments v. Jondex Corp., 176 Wis. 2d 55, 499 N.W.2d 177 (1993)
  • Sutliff, Incorporated v. Donovan Companies, Inc., 727 F. 2d 648 (7th Cir. 1984)

Representative Work

  • Assisted in the creation of one of Wisconsin's first Accountable Care Organizations.
  • Assisted in creating clinical co-management arrangements including, most recently, orthopedic surgery.
  • Assisted in the creation and development of ambulatory surgery centers, including one of the largest ASCs in the country.
  • Assisted in the creation of vertically integrated physician-hospital joint ventures, including so-called “PHOs” and clinical co-management services agreements.
  • Assisted in the creation and implementation of Wisconsin's first Regional Health Information Organization, the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange.
  • Assisted in the creation, acquisition and sale of Wisconsin domestic health insurers, including through change of control agreements, the purchase of assets and ceding transactions.
  • Advised hospitals, multi-specialty physician groups and independent practice associations on antitrust compliance issues, including the development of compliance plans.
  • Assisted physicians, hospitals and managed care organizations in developing, implementing and enforcing credentialing protocols, including service as special counsel to the medical staffs of several hospitals in creating consolidated medical staff bylaws under the Medicare disproportionate share hospital rules.
  • Counseled several multi-specialty groups regarding the development of physician compensation formulas that comply with the federal statutes.
  • Counseled on Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance issues, including in connection with the creation of hospital-physician joint ventures.
  • Regularly counsels on compliance issues, including the creation of compliance plans in a variety of unique health care settings, including emergency medicine, neurosurgery, ambulance services, medical billing companies and ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Counseled physicians throughout the upper Midwest in deciding whether to sell their practice, and when they chose to do so, assisted the physicians in achieving favorable employment agreements and appropriate corporate governance protections.
  • Counseled several independent purchasing pools, including one of the most innovative combinations of public and private sector employers.
  • Acted as special counsel to corporate boards with respect to ethics and compliance training, including with respect to the interplay between the board and the outside auditor.
  • Successfully represented many clients in large bankruptcy cases involving the health care industry, including the Official Creditors’ Committees in In re American Medical Buildings (medical office building designer) and In re Sharp Corp. (neurological rehabilitation facilities). Mr. Arnold also served on the Official Creditors’ Committee in In re Northwest General Hospital, represented the consortium of lenders in In re Covenant Living Centers (nursing homes) and represented the laboratory service provider in In the Matter of Family Health Plan Cooperative.

Professional Associations

  • National Diocesan Attorneys Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • ALFA International (Member, Health Care Practice Group; Program Chair, 2001-2003; Practice Group Chair, 2003-present)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member, Health Law and Bankruptcy Sections)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Business and Health Law Sections)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association (Director, 2002-2005; Co-Chair, Bankruptcy Section, 2006-2014)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member, Bankruptcy and Health Law Sections; Program Chair, Bankruptcy Section, 1985-1986; Bankruptcy Section Chair, 1986-1987)

Community Involvement

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Marquette University High School
  • Vice President and Member, Board of Directors, Georgetown University Alumni Club of Wisconsin
  • Director, Milwaukee Bar Foundation
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
  • Past President, St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin

Business Organizations

  • Former Chair of the Board, National Institute for Medical Informatics (the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange)

Articles and Presentations

  • The Life Cycle of Physician Contracting, The 46th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine, February 3-5, 2016
  • The Edge of Tomorrow: Caring for an Aging Community in a Time of Change, ALFA International Health Care Practice Group Seminar (Austin, Texas), May 7-9, 2014
  • The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, National Diocesan Attorneys Association, 49th Annual Meeting (Phoenix, AZ), April 23, 2013
  • Moving From Volume to Value, Independent Physicians Network, Inc., 2012 Strategic Planning Conference, March 31, 2012
  • Accountable Care Organizations and Other Trends in Provider Alignment, Health Care Happenings Conference (Madison, WI), September 27, 2011
  • Healthcare Reform: What It Means Today for Healthcare Providers, Payers and Consumers, the American Law Firm Association Health Care Practice Group Seminar (Las Vegas, Nevada), January 26-28, 2011
  • When Internal Controls Fail: Health Information Organization Risks and the Corresponding Legal and Insurance Solutions, the American Law Firm Association, January 27, 2011
  • The Regulation of Physician Extenders, the American Law Firm Association 50 State Survey, January 2011
  • Pressing Legal Challenges for Wisconsin In-House Counsel: The Unintended Consequences of the Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting, Health Law Section, Madison, Wisconsin, May 5, 2010
  • National Trends for Physicians - The Formation of Multi-Specialty Medical Groups, Independent Physicians Network, Inc. 2010 Strategic Planning Conference, March 13, 2010
  • Health Care Reform in Madison, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., The Milwaukee Society for Head & Neck Medicine and Surgery, November 2009
  • Compliance with the New Red Flag Rules: Protecting Physicians and Their Patients from Identity Theft, Wisconsin Medical Society, April 2009
  • Document Retention Policies: Applicable State Law and Best Practices for the Healthcare Industry, The American Law Firm Association, September 25, 2008
  • Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel in Preserving and Producing Electronically Stored Information, The American Law Firm Association, September 6, 2007
  • The Effective Use of Audit Committees in Professional Service Corporations, Infinity Healthcare, Inc., June 12, 2006
  • Changes to Reimbursement for Imaging Services Under the Deficit Reduction Act, Associated Surgical and Medical Specialists 2006 Annual Meeting, April 5, 2006
  • Clinical Integration: The Case for Quality as an Integrating Factor, Independent Physicians Network, Inc. 2006 Strategic Planning Conference, March 10, 2006
  • The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, Wisconsin Association for Healthcare Quality, March 9, 2006
  • Creative Solutions to the Financial Crisis in Health Care, the American Law Firm Association Health Care Practice Group Seminar (Dallas, Texas), November 9-11, 2005
  • Long-Term Care Licensure and Related Requirements, the American Law Firm Association 50 State Survey, November 2005
  • Current Regulatory Developments Affecting Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Annual Meeting of Associated Surgical & Medical Specialists (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), April 12, 2005
  • Crisis in Health Care: Managing Risks in Unsettled Times, the American Law Firm Association Health Care Practice Group Seminar (New Orleans, Louisiana), November 12-14, 2003
  • Statute of Limitation and Damage Caps for Liability Claims Against Healthcare Providers in Wisconsin, the American Law Firm Association 50 State Survey, November 2003
  • HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act – Self-Insured Counties & County Jails, 64th Annual Wisconsin Counties Association Convention (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) September 2002
  • Beyond the Hype About HIPAA: What Every Employer, Provider or Health Plan Should Be Doing, the American Law Firm Association Practice Group Seminar (Chicago, Illinois), June 5-7, 2002
  • Confidentiality of Medical Records in Wisconsin, the American Law Firm Association 50 State Survey, November 2000
  • Cutting Edge Legal and Business Issues in Health Care Transactions, the American Law Firm Association Health Care Practice Group Seminar (Nashville, Tennessee), November 1-3, 2000
  • The Health Care Industry is Sick: What’s the Prescription for Healing It?, 2000 National CLE Health Care Law Conference (Vail, Colorado), January 10-15, 2000
  • Representing Physician Interests in Managed Care Contract Negotiations, 1998 National CLE Health Care Law Conference (Vail, Colorado), January 13-17, 1998
  • Managed Care Contracts, Pearls and Pitfalls, 1996 Medicare and Medicaid Managed Care Conference (Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin), May 11, 1996
  • Protecting Your Client: Managed Care and Litigation, State Bar of Wisconsin Convention (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), January 6, 1992
  • Interlocutory Appeals in Wisconsin, 66 Wis. Lawyer 16 (July 1993)

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