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Bruce A. Broillet

Bruce A. Broillet

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Litigation, Defective and Dangerous Products, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

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BRUCE A. BROILLET'S intelligent and committed approach to the law has earned him national recognition and respect among his peers in the legal community. As a trial lawyer, he has obtained numerous seven and eight figure results. He represents plaintiffs in such areas as business litigation, products liability, professional malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death. His achievements include a $3.3 billion settlement against Big Tobacco on behalf of the County of Los Angeles, a $45.6 million verdict in a legal malpractice case, which is the largest of its kind in California's history, one of California's largest pre-trial settlements for an injury victim in the amount of $32.5 million, and $10.35 million in a business fraud case against a major financial corporation. He was also involved in the Ford/Firestone tire tread litigation.


Bruce has successfully handled a wide variety of complex cases, ranging from stock transfer fraud to defective products causing life-altering injuries. He represented television news reporter Adrienne Alpert in her case involving injuries from electrical shock, and his outstanding trial work has resulted in multimillion-dollar outcomes against such diverse entities as Isuzu Motor Co., American Appliance Corporation, Robertson Honda, Schlumberger Corp., Ambassador Insurance Company, International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT), the City of Los Angeles, and the County of Imperial. He currently represents numerous people suffering from catastrophic harm such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain damage, burns and death.


Bruce represented executive producer Gary Binkow (Finding Neverland) in his case against the Osbournes for breach of contract, and also represented independent producer Leigh Ann Burton in her case against Oscar de la Hoya for wrongfully using her reality television show idea.


He currently represents myriad companies and individuals harmed in the business arena including cases involving an investment firm which was forced to disgorge substantial compensation as a result of the malpractice of their corporate law firm, a Real Estate lender who inappropriately and unfairly took advantage of consumers, and a legal malpractice claim involving the failure to perfect and enforce a multi-million dollar judgment.


Bruce's accomplishments have been recognized by the legal profession's leading publications and organizations. He is named in Woodward / White, Inc. as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" and in California Lawyer Magazine as "One of California's Most Respected Plaintiff's Lawyers." Bruce has been listed repeatedly as one of the "100 Most Influential Attorneys in California" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.


Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine annually lists the top five-percent of lawyers practicing in Los Angeles and Orange Counties as nominated and voted upon by their peers. Bruce was named to its "Top 10 Southern California Lawyers" and "Top 100 Los Angeles County Lawyers" lists in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He has also been one of the "Top 10 point getters" in each of those years, and was the "Top point getter" in 2008. In 2005, Bruce received the prestigious "Litigator of the Year Award" from the Century City Bar Association, and was honored by the Foundation For Taxpayer and Consumer Rights with its "Lifetime Legal Achievement Award." In 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, Bruce was named by Lawdragon to its list of "The 500 Leading Lawyers in America" and its list of "The 500 Leading Litigators in America." Also in 2006, Loyola Law School presented Bruce with its "Champions of Justice" award.  And, in 2009, Bruce was presented with the "Civil Advocate Award" by the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.


Bruce has played a strong leadership role in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), an organization dedicated to maintaining high standards and practices in the field of trial work, serving on its Board of Governors and as its President. CAALA has bestowed upon him its "Trial Lawyer of the Year Award" and its "Ted Horn Memorial Award" in recognition of service to the Bar.


An active member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Bruce has served on its Board of Governors and as its President. He is the recipient of the CAOC's "Robert E. Cartwright Award" for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and Teaching Trial Advocacy, its "Edward I. Pollock Award" for his efforts on behalf of CAOC's ideals, and its "Marvin E. Lewis Award" for continued guidance, loyalty and dedication.


Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Bruce holds the rank of Advocate and has served on ABOTA's National Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the "Civility Award" from the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA. Bruce was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and has served on its Board of Governors. He is a Founding Member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and he co-chaired the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles' 2002 Annual Law Firm Campaign.


In 1995, Bruce chaired the statewide CAOC-CAALA Joint Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee, which educated plaintiffs' attorneys on how to serve their clients better. As an author, Bruce has written several publications including "Chapter 55, Industrial (Heavy) Machinery," Matthew Bender Products Liability Practice Guide, 1988; and "Anatomy of a Civil Jury Trial," 1992. He is a frequent guest lecturer at professional seminars.


Bruce is active in a number of community activities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Success Through The Arts Foundation which benefits Hyde Park Elementary School, View Park Preparatory High School and Washington Preparatory High School. A firm believer in the value of education, Bruce is a member of the University of Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council and is on the Executive Committee of the University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association. Bruce has endowed three scholarships to enable deserving students to attend the University of Notre Dame, including the Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Broillet Scholarship, the Eugene H. Broillet Scholarship, and the John and Betty Foster Scholarship, as well as a graduate stipend fund in the names of two of his uncles, Joseph and Frank Ferrara. He also endowed a scholarship in honor of his parents to enable recipients to attend the University of Texas School of Law, which is Bruce's law school alma mater. Bruce also established a computer classroom and a high tech teaching facility at his high school in El Paso Texas, Cathedral High School.


Bruce is from El Paso, Texas. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (1971) and his J.D. from the University of Texas (1974).


He is admitted to the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas. He is married to Norah and they have a son, Dalton.

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Licensed since 1974

  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 25%
  4. Litigation: 25%

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100 Wilshire Blvd 21st Floor
Santa Monica, CA, 90401-0000

100 Wilshire Blvd 21st Fl
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

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CAActive197505/20/2015
TXInactive 197405/24/2015

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 10 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 10 super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Top 10 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2011
Top 10 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2011
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2010
Top 10 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2010
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2010
Top 10 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2009
The Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2009
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2009
Top Point GetterSouthern California Super Lawyers2008
Top 10 super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2008
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2008
Top 100 super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2007
Top 10 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2007
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2006
Champions of Justice AwardLoyola Law School2006
Top 10 Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2006
Top 10 Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2005
Litigator of the YearN/A2005
Lifetime Legal Achievement AwardFoundation For Taxpayer and Consumer Rights2005
Litigator of the Year AwardCentury City Bar Association2005
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2005
Top 10 Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2004
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2004
Edward I. Pollock AwardN/A2003
Ted Horn AwardN/A1998
Robert E. Cartwright AwardN/A1996
Trial Lawyer of the YearN/A1984
The 500 Leading Lawyers in AmericaLawdragonN/A
100 Most Influential Attorneys in CaliforniaLos Angeles Daily JournalN/A
Civil Advocate AwardAssociation of Southern California Defense CounselN/A
Civility AwardAmerican Board of Trial Advocates, Los AngelesN/A
Marvin E. Lewis AwardConsumer Attorneys of CaliforniaN/A
One of California's Most Respected Plaintiff LawyersCalifornia Lawyer MagazineN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGreene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP1977 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles' Annual Law Firm CampaignCo-Chair2002 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesNational Board of DirectorsN/A
Association of Business Trial LawyerBoard of GovernorsN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeFounding MemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee - ChairN/A
Consumer Attorney Association of Los AngelesMandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee - ChairN/A
University of Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters Advisory CouncilMemberN/A
University of Texas School of Law Alumni AssociationExecutive CommitteeN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Matthew Bender Products Liability Practice GuideChapter 55, Industrial (Heavy) Machinery1988

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University Of TexasLawlaw1975
University of Notre DameN/AN/A1971