Kathleen L. DeBruhl

New Orleans, LA
(504) 522-4054


Ms. DeBruhl’s practice focuses on the representation of healthcare providers, and in particular, physicians and their legal issues. Ms. DeBruhl’s multi-state clients include healthcare providers, specialty hospitals, medical staffs, ambulatory surgery centers, durable medical equipment providers, imaging facilities, and laboratories, and pharmacies. She possesses extensive expertise in a variety of healthcare areas, including substantial experience in general healthcare law, managed care contracts, physician practices, recruitment and contracting, antitrust, Medicare and Medicaid certification and reimbursement, audits and appeals, fraud and abuse, mergers and acquisitions, and the development of ancillary services and joint ventures such as ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and specialty hospitals. 

Ms. DeBruhl is particularly experienced in providing strategic planning and advice to healthcare clients to build and develop healthcare projects, including organization of healthcare entities, joint ventures, construction, financing, management structures and investor syndication. She has developed integrated delivery systems, including ACO’s, physician specialty hospitals, and has facilitated the complex mergers of multiple physician practices. Her healthcare practice and expertise also spans both state and federal regulatory issues, including Medicare fraud and abuse enforcement and compliance issues, state fraud and abuse matters, insurance industry fraud and compliance, and federal Qui Tam ("Whistleblower") defense.

Ms. DeBruhl also serves as outside counsel to the Faculty Group Practice Plans of both LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.  Ms. DeBruhl was the initial counsel to organize both faculty group practices and obtained their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation.  Ms. DeBruhl has also served as special counsel to other academic medical centers.

Ms. DeBruhl has contributed her expertise as a co-author of national publications regarding the legal representation of physicians and speaks at regional and national seminars and conferences for both legal and healthcare associations.  She is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell® and since 2009 has been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Healthcare in the New Orleans Area by New Orleans Magazine.



Admitted to Practice:

New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana


Binghamton University, B.A. 1976
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Juris Doctor 1981


Professional Memberships:

Louisiana State Bar Association
Health Law Section, Member

New York State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Health Law Section, Member
Physician Interest Group, Vice Chair
Health Law Section, Member, Council (Present)
Vice Chair, Health & Wellness (2019)
Liaison, ABA – Commission on Women in the Profession
Past Chair, 2015 and 2016 - Physicians Legal Issues Conference with
ABA Health Law Section and Chicago Medical Society

American Health Lawyers Association
Physician Organizations Practice Group, Member
Fraud and Abuse Practice Group, Member
Academic Medical Centers Practice Group, Member

American Medical Association
Legal Advisory Committee


Sample of Speaking Engagements:



2010    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Practice Group Meeting; multiple topics including: Medical Practice Mergers; Joint Ventures; Vendor Relationships; Effectively Competing with Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois

2011    American Association of Orthopaedic Executives - Webinar -“Accountable Care Organizations and  Hospitals Purchasing Practices” 

2011    Florida Orthopaedic Society - Scientific Annual Meeting - “ACOs and Alignment Strategy Issues”, Orlando, Florida

2011    South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executives - “Hot Legal Topics for Orthopaedic Administrators”, Kiawah, South Carolina

2011    Florida Bones Society, Annual Meeting - “ACOs, Service Line Agreements, Hospital Board Employment, Physician Group Mergers and Umbrella Organizations”, Amelia Island, Florida

2011    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Practice Group Meeting - “Clinical and Financial Integration - Legal Issues”, Chicago, Illinois

2012    Midwest American Academy of Orthopaedic Executives - Spring Meeting - “Hot Topics for Orthopaedic Practices - Mergers, Hospital Alignments, Service Line Agreements and Implant Companies”, Lake Ozark, Missouri

2012    Children’s Hospital “Physician Employment Agreements for Medical Residents”, New Orleans, Louisiana

2012    ABA Health Law Section and Chicago Medical Society Physician Legal Issues -“Staying the Course: Maintaining a Physician Group Practice in Today’s Market Place”, Chicago, Illinois

2012    Florida Orthopaedic Society Board of Directors Meeting - “Physician-Owned Distributorships”          Boca Raton, Florida

2012    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS Practice Forward: Managing Your Practice in an Era of Healthcare Transformation -“Clinical and Financial Integration Legal Issues”, Chicago, Illinois

2013    American Medical Association - Webinar: Principles of Physician Employment” 

2013    American Academy of Orthopaedic Executives- Webinar: “Maintaining an Independent Practice”

2013    American Bar Association-Chicago Medical Society: "Principles of Physician Employment", Chicago, Illinois

2013    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons- AAOS Practice Forward: "Provider Integration Strategies-Legal Considerations", Chicago, Illinois

2018 Leadership Summit - State Orthopedic Societies: “Legal Issues Facing Orthopaedic Surgeons”, New Orleans, Louisiana

2018 Bones Society of Florida : “Sales, Mergers and Equity Acquisitions”, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

2018 American Bar Association Health Law Section - Physician Legal Issues: “Anatomy of a Physician Employment Agreement”, Chicago, Illinois  

 Sample of Publications

2006    Co-Author, American Health Lawyers - Physician Practice Handbook - Chapter on  Reimbursement of Physician’s Services; Volume I

2007 to Present Contributing Editor - eHealth Newsletter on Physician Practice Issues, American Health Lawyers Association

2008    Co-Author, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Practice Management Committee - “To Pay or Not to Pay”

2009    Co-Author, American Health Lawyers - Physician Practice Handbook - Chapter on Reimbursement of Physician’s Services; Volume II 

2011    Chair, ABA Task Force-Comments to OIG 1999 Special Advisory Bulletin on Effects of Exclusion from Medicare

2012    Co-Author, American Medical Association-Model Co-Management Agreement

2013    Co-Author, American Health Lawyers - Physician Practice Handbook - Chapter on Reimbursement of Physician’s Services; Volume III  

2013    Author, AAOS Now-“Survival Skills for Independent Practices,” Feb. 2013

2014    Co-Author, AAOS Now-"New Light on Industry Payments to Physicians," Jan. 2014

2014    Contributing Writer-"Louisiana Orthopaedic Association 2014 Membership Directory and Physician Source Book: A Compilation of Laws, Rules, Regulations and Guidelines Governing the Medical Profession," Feb. 2014