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LL.M., The George Washington University Law School

LL.B., Harvard Law School

A.B., Harvard University

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Bruce serves as senior counsel to Wiley Rein LLP and his practice focuses on business litigation. He also has particular experience in copyright enforcement, emerging privacy issues, and in federal and state regulation of food, drugs, medical devices, and environmental hazards, including  product liability issues, as well as the Commerce Clause and First Amendment implications of product marketing. Bruce has been named by Corporate Counsel magazine for excellence in business litigation and repeatedly recognized in the Best Lawyers in America directory for distinction in commercial and intellectual property litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Represents clients in complex intellectual property litigation and product liability litigation, as well as interstate commerce, First Amendment, and privacy matters.
  • Extensive experience in coordinating the defense of asbestos and other "mass tort" litigation, including class action defense.
  • Extensive experience in legislative drafting, rulemaking proceedings, and litigation before federal regulatory agencies.

Professional Experience

  • Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Coast Guard (1966-1970)


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC)
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA)


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for Commercial Litigation (1989-2019) and for Intellectual Property Litigation (2012-2019)
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability

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