Bernie Duco has served as General Counsel and a senior executive for two major health systems – Mercy Health System, a multi-state system headquartered in St. Louis, and Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, one of the largest non-profit systems in Texas. In these roles, Bernie has over 20 years of experience in advising Boards, committees and senior executives about a broad spectrum of complex legal issues.
Prior to serving in these roles, Bernie was a partner in the law firm of Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein in
Houston, and represented a number of clients in the health care sector.
Corporate reorganization of two non-profit health systems
Oversaw and managed to a successful resolution:
- A major anti-trust claim (multi-week trial resulting in a verdict for the health system)
- A claim against a major bank in connection with investment securities purchased by the health system
- Anti-trust claim brought against the health system’s physician clinic subsidiary
- Several major professional liability matters
Organized and led the development of a highly successful MSSP Accountable Care Organization
Acquisition and disposition of a several hospitals and physicians’ practices
Formation and development of several hospital-physician joint ventures
Rice University, B.A., History
University of Houston Law Center, J.D.
Professional & Community Involvement
St. Louis ARC (non-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of the mentally disabled)
Houston Eye Fund – Former Board member
Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy – founding sponsor
Dong H. Kim, MD, Bernard Duco, JD, et al; A Review and Survey of Neurosurgeon – Hospital
Relationships: Evolution and Opinion. Neurosurgery 2017; 80 (45): 510-518.
Other Areas of Executive Responsibility
Employee Health and Worker Safety Program
Insurance Program, including a Cayman Islands captive and a Bermuda captive
President and Board Member of Sisters of Mercy Ministries, a health system subsidiary providing outreach services to committees in New Orleans, Jackson, Mississippi, Gulfport Mississippi and Belize
Norton Rose Fulbright
Memorial Hermann Health System
Mercy Health System
Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein