Elise Dunitz Brennan


Conner & Winters, LLP
4100 First Place Tower
15 East Fifth Street
Tulsa, OK 74103

Tel: 918.586.8585

Email: ebrennan@cwlaw.com
Web: www.cwlaw.com

Elise Dunitz Brennan has practiced healthcare law for over 35 years. Her practice concentrates on the general representation of healthcare systems, including managed care entities, 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, payor and provider agreements,, 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, she has advised on healthcare provider integration initiatives such as ACOs, co-management agreements, ambulatory surgery centers, joint ventures and management service agreements. She is  an Arbitrator on the Large Complex Case, Commercial, Employment and Healthcare Panels of the American Arbitration Association and is 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 also the first Oklahoma attorney elected as a Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association.

  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Michigan (M.S.W.)
  • Tulane University, B.A., magna cum laude
  • Oklahoma – 1983
  • U.S. Federal Courts – 1983
  • 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  70disputes, many between healthcare providers and payors or partners
  • Phi Beta Kappa – 1976
  • Order of the Barristers – 1983
  • A-V Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating – 1987 to present
  • Listed in 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
  • City of Tulsa, Nominated by Mayor and Elected by City Council to Ethics Advisory Committee
  • Tulsa Ballet Theater, Inc., Member of Board of Directors ( 2014 to 2020)
  • Family & Children’s Services, Past President, Member of the Board of Directors, Current Member of Advisory Board
  • Past Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law
  • University of Oklahoma Adjunct Law Professor
  • 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
  • 2022 Woman Leaders in  Law –National Law Journal

Conner & Winters attorneys know the healthcare industry.  The extensive experience of our healthcare team allow us to provide significant expertise in all areas of the healthcare industry – we have several healthcare partners who have practiced healthcare law in excess of twenty-five years bringing substantial experience and a depth of knowledge to the practice.  Further, our team brings experience from having worked in healthcare settings as nurses and other ancillary healthcare providers so the lawyers have a practical understanding of operational requirements and management needs.

Not only does our health law team have this depth of practice, but our attorneys also have a breadth of practice in the types of healthcare facilities that we represent.  We have experience representing hospitals (acute care, LTACs, psychiatric, children’s, public trust and physician-owned), ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis and imaging centers, physicians groups, managed care organizations including HMOs and PPOs, pharmacies, dentists, post-acute long term care facilities including skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living centers and continuum of care retirement centers (CCRCs), home health agencies and hospices, insurance companies, DME suppliers, nurses and other ancillary health professionals, healthcare trade associations, residential care centers, child care centers, federally qualified healthcare centers, community mental health centers and health information exchanges.

Our practice includes representation of these entities and individuals before federal and state regulatory agencies in healthcare transactions, litigation matters and alternative dispute resolution.

As one of the top full-service business and litigation law firms, Conner & Winters has dedicated nearly 90 years to serving clients throughout the central United States and Washington D.C.

The work of its lawyers spans a variety of industries from multinational corporations, municipalities and charitable foundations to local businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.

With more than 100 attorneys covering a broad range of practice areas, Conner & Winters is committed to providing insightful counsel and excellent service to its clients.