Bruce is a highly regarded litigation attorney specializing in environmental and land use matters. He has extensive experience successfully representing a broad spectrum of clients with challenging issues in high-stakes litigation and complex real estate and business transactions.
A former head of the firm’s Environmental practice, Bruce represents public and private interests in matters of compliance with environmental laws and regulations, in obtaining federal, state, or local land use and permits or entitlements, and in related litigation. He has deep insight into wetland, water quality, hazardous and solid waste, forest practices, clean air, and land use issues.
As litigation counsel, Bruce handles a wide variety of trial and appellate matters involving environmental and natural resource regulation, land title or property boundary determination, insurance coverage, water rights and water quality, financial, real estate and securities regulation and commercial disputes. He was outside litigation counsel for the State of Alaska in litigation against a major oil company that ultimately resolved for a $1.1 billion settlement.
As a public lawyer, Bruce previously was litigation counsel for the California State Lands Commission in some of its major title, water rights, off-shore boundary and Indian title matters, including an original jurisdiction case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Bruce also has represented a variety of commercial entities in the sale or transfer of the control of businesses or in acquisition or disposition of real property. His clients include major port, food processing and natural resource companies, industrial facility owners/operators, manufacturers, private and public owners/developers of real property, and various regulated businesses.