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Robert L. Schuchard

Bob Schuchard concentrates his practice primarily in the health care industry, advising clients on general business, mergers and acquisitions, governance and board relations, joint ventures, contracts, and financing matters. His extensive experience includes many high-profile health care merger and affiliation transactions. Bob also draws on his diverse transactional and commercial practice to advise clients in other industries, including education, insurance, trade associations, social service organizations and equipment maintenance.

Practice Highlights
  • Advising clients in the purchase and sale of businesses, mergers and management agreements, corporate governance and executive compensation in diverse industries, including manufacturing, service, insurance and health care
  • Advising numerous hospitals, health care systems and physician groups in general corporate, governance, corporate structure, contracts with top executives, commercial and health care matters
  • Representing clients before the charitable trust division of the California Attorney General’s office
  • General corporate and commercial matters, including loan transactions, corporate structure, negotiating agreements for equipment and real property sales and leases, commercial joint ventures and structuring and negotiating general and limited partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Advising nonprofit health care facilities and systems and other charitable organizations, with particular focus on the corporate, fiduciary duty, tax and charitable trust issues facing such organizations

Representative Experience

Affiliation of community hospital for Providence Health System – Southern California

Represented Providence Health System-Southern California in its affiliation of Saint John's Health Center, a general acute care hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Transaction required a public hearing before the Attorney General for the State of California and a Hart-Scott-Rodino filing with the FTC and Department of Justice. (2014)

Sale of Verdugo Hills Hospital

Represented Verdugo Hills Hospital in its sale of assets to the University of Southern California. Transaction required a public hearing before the Attorney General for the State of California. (2013)

Acquisition of imaging centers for Providence Health System

Represented Providence Health System affiliates in acquisition of three imaging centers located in Alaska. (2011)

Restructuring for Regional Catholic Health Care System

Restructuring of the governance, charter documents and governance policies for a newly formed regional four-hospital Catholic health care system. (2010)

Tax-exempt equipment financing for Citrus Valley Health Partners

Represented health system in tax-exempt equipment financing issued by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority. (2010).

Tax-exempt financing for Verdugo Hills Hospital

Represented Verdugo Hills Hospital in the issuance of City of Glendale, health facilities revenue notes (2005). Represented hospital in refinancing this transaction to replace an institutional lender with a private party (2009). Represented hospital in restructuring this tax exempt financing (2010).

Affiliation of community hospital for Providence Health System

Represented of Providence Health System, Oregon in its affiliation of Willamette Falls Hospital, a general acute care hospital located in Oregon City, Ore. This transaction required a full public hearing before the Oregon Attorney General. (2009)

Acquisition of regional medical center for Providence Health System

Represented Providence Health System, Southern California in its acquisition of Tarzana Regional Medical Center, a general acute care hospital located in Tarzana, Calif., from affiliates of Tenet Healthcare. This transaction was unusual in that the real estate was acquired from a ground lessor (which ground leased the hospital property to Tenet) and the hospital business from Tenet. (2008)

Transition loans made by Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula

Structured and documented two loans given to a nonprofit hospital, and negotiated their terms with the borrower's primary creditor. (2008)

Financing for Huntington Memorial Hospital*

Represented hospital in the issuance of California Statewide Communities Development Authority Revenue Bonds (Huntington Memorial Hospital), Series 2005. (2005)

Affiliation for Good Samaritan Community Healthcare*

Represented client in its affiliation with (and transfer of control to) MultiCare Health System. Transaction was the affiliation of a nonprofit regional acute care medical center with a nonprofit regional health care system.

Business formation for Methodist Hospital of Southern California*

Represented client in its affiliation with Huntington Memorial Hospital to form Southern California Health System.

Health System affiliation for Little Company of Mary Health Services and Providence Health System California*

Transaction counsel in affiliation with Providence Health System.

Merger of health providers*

Represented Portals, a nonprofit mental health provider in Los Angeles California, in its merger with Pacific Clinics. The combined entity now has more than 80 service locations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties and is one of the largest private non-profit outpatient behavioral healthcare agencies in the West.

Merger of health providers for Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center*

Represented client in a five-party merger to form Catholic Healthcare West Southern California.

Sale of business for USC/Norris Cancer Hospital*

Represented client in sale to Tenet Healthcare.
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Los Angeles
  • Partner, Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, Los Angeles

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health
  • Past Chair, Committee on Nonprofit and Unincorporated Organizations, State Bar of California
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Previously served on the Board of Directors, Public Counsel

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Health Care (California) by Chambers USA, 2005-2017
  • Named "Healthcare Sector M&A Attorney of the Year in California," Global Award, Corporate Intl Magazine, 2014
  • Selected to "Southern California Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2004, 2006-2017
  • Named an "Outstanding Healthcare Transaction Lawyer" by Nightingale's Healthcare News, 2008
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Health Care Law by Best Lawyers, 2010-present
"He will produce the work the fastest and without flaw. He does impeccable stuff and just gets it done. When you're up against a deadline then he's the guy you want on the project." -Client Quote, Chambers USA 2017
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