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Dennis J. Purtell
555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5522
Fax: (414) 223-5000

Corporate Transactions
Mr. Purtell began his law practice in a general practice law firm in 1965. He concentrated his professional activities in assisting numerous hospitals, healthcare systems, nursing homes, other health care providers and not for profit organizations in addressing legal and regulatory requirements. He has worked with and for more than one-half of the hospitals in Wisconsin, providing services which include tax exempt debt financing, medical staff organizational and dispute resolutions, risk management, real estate, employment and labor relations, accreditation requirements, corporate compliance, corporate restructuring, tax exemption, physician contracting, joint ventures and numerous other health law matters.

Mr. Purtell is a Charter Member and served as the fifth President (1973) of the American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, now the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). He has served as a program speaker in more than 25 AHLA seminars and Annual Meeting Programs. He also served on the Catholic Health Association’s Committee on Legal Services. From 1971 to 1990 he conducted more than 100 national and international medical-legal seminars as a teaching faculty member for Aspens Systems, Inc.

Mr. Purtell served as a Court Commissioner, appointed by Milwaukee County Chief Judge Michael Skwierawski.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, B.A.


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations

  • Milwaukee Bar Association; Served as President, Secretary and multi-year Member of the Executive Committee
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association; served as Vice-President and President
  • American Health Lawyers Association; served as President
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Association: Board of Governors and Health Council member
  • Member of National Diocesan Attorneys Association
  • Fellow, Wisconsin Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Health Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Mr. Purtell currently or in the past, has served the following:
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Board of Trustees & its AID’s Fund Grants Committee
  • Archdiocese of Milwaukee Community Foundation, Inc. – Board of Directors
  • Froedtert Health Services, Inc., and Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Inc. – Boards of Directors
  • Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Inc. – Board of Directors
  • LaFarge Lifelong Learning Institute, Inc. – Board of Directors and President
  • St. Anthony Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic – Board of Directors
  • Lake Area Free Clinic – Board of Directors
  • Wisconsin Catholic Conference – Board of Directors and President
  • Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity – Advisory Board
  • Friends of The School Sisters of St. Francis – Advisory Board
  • Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services, Inc. – Board of Directors
  • Wheaton Health Health System North Market, Milwaukee – Medical Bioethics Committee
  • Community Care Inc. – Board of Directors
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame, Milwaukee Province – Advisory Board
  • Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Health – Member
  • SET Ministry, Inc. – Board of Directors