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Dale R. Bruder

also known as Law Office of Dale R. Bruder

About me

Over the years, the Law Offices of Dale R. Bruder, has assisted clients in Visalia, California with numerous legal concerns.

 Admitted to both the California and Michigan bars and Federal Court, Attorney Bruder has also served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Naval Reserves before retiring as a Captain.


His comprehensive knowledge of Business, Employment, and Real Estate law assits numerous businesses such as the Visalia Country Club, Kings & Tulare County Associations Of Realtors, Century 21 Jordan-Link, Visalia ReMax Realtors, Sherman & Associates Real Estate, Avedian Properties, Armstrong Property Management, Grants Air Conditioning, Nelson Roofing, Reedley Lumber & Window Center, DMI Advertising/Lifstyle Magazine, T.R. Tellalian Morgage & Real Estate, etc


With over 500 cases to his credit, Attorney Bruder has handled virtually all issues in divorce and dissolution. Both as a former Judge Advocate, and in his civilian practice, Attorney Bruder has assisted and prepared wills, trusts, and has handled probate actions for hundreds of individuals.


"As the owner of the firm, I take great pride in my staff and network of professionals, who work hard to meet my clients' needs. We strive to make each client realize that they are protected and appreciated."



  • 35 Jury Trials, 41 Non-Jury Trials, 56 Administrative Hearings (40 as counsel/16 as judge), 35 Arbitrations (as arbitrator), 6 Successful Appeals and approximately 400 Marital Dissolutions (including over 372 OSC/Motions, countless contested hearings and numerous trials).


Business and Real Estate:
Verdicts, Judgments and Settlements include: 

  1. Real Estate Fraud (Both in inducement and failure to disclose (Plaintiff & Defense));

  2. Sexual Harassment Defense  (Buckley Broadcasting Co.);

  3. Numerous Breach Of Contract/Common Counts actions;

  4. Partnership Dissolutions (Professional & Commercial);

  5. Patent Enforcement (Structures Plus, Inc.);

  6. Fraudulent Transfer Defense;

  7. Quiet Title actions; and

  8. Release of Lien actions, etc.


Civil Judicial Experience: 

  • Arbitrator on 35 civil judicial arbitration cases.



  • California Administrative Judicial Experience: Currently serves as Hearing Officer for the Tulare County Employees' Retirement Association regarding "service-connected disability retirements."

  • California Administrative Law: Mr. Bruder defends Respondent real estate brokers and agents in Licensing Hearings before the California Department of Real Estate. He was defended a Certified Financial Planner before the Certified Financial Planning Board in Denver, Colorado and building contractors in arbitrations before Contractor's License Arbitration system.

  • California Mediation and Arbitration: Mr. Bruder has served as a civil litigation mediator for the Tulare County Superior Court and have participated in numerous judicial and contractual arbitration hearings.

  • Federal Administrative Hearings: I have served as either the Respondent's or Government's Counsel at over fifty Administrative Discharge Board hearings (Separation From Military), and have served as the Legal Advisor to the Board at numerous Administrative Discharge Board hearings and several Special Cases Boards (Mobilization Exclusion Requests).



Extensive Family Law experience including multimillion dollar asset divisions, complex custody and visitation issues, adoptions and conservatorships. Author of "Navy Legal Assistance Guide" chapters on divorce, adoption, and support.



  • Planning and drafting experience in the area of Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorneys. Mr. Bruder has probated numerous estates and has served as litigation counsel in Probate Court.





Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

  • Divorce

  • Business and Real Estate

  • Civil Judicial

  • Probate and Estate Planning


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1982

  • California, 1986

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1986

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1982



  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio

    • Juris Doctorate - 1982

    • Honors: Top Quarter

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    • Bachelor of Arts - 1978

    • Honors: With Distinction

    • Major: Psychology/Business


Honors and Awards

  • United States Navy, "Meritorious Service Medal", 2005

  • United States Navy, "Senior Judge Advocate Commendation", 2001

  • United States Navy, "Navy And Marine Corps Commendation Medal", 2000

  • United States Navy, "Navy Achievement Medal", 1992

  • United States Navy, "Navy Achievement Medal", 1986


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tulare County Trial Lawyers' Association (Two Terms), Past President

  • Tulare County Young Lawyers' Association, Past President

  • Tulare-Kings Estate Planners, Member

  • Tulare County Bar Association, Member


Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 70%
  2. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
  3. Employment & Labor: 10%
  4. Probate: 5%
  5. Real Estate: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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  • Antoinette Misiaszek Lerandeau

    It has been my pleasure knowing Mr. Bruder for some time. He is an excellent attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. Mr. Bruder is very knowledgeable about family law and a very capable litigator. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.


    Antoinette Lerandeau Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Joan Alison Watters

    I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable and experienced. An excellent trial lawyer. One of the "good guys." He represents his client's best interests with integrity and intelligence.


    Joan Watters Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Dale R. Bruder

2534 W Main St
Visalia, CA, 93291-4335


MIActive And In Good Standing198211/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Meritorious Service MedalUnited States Navy2005
Personal Water Rescue & Medical TreatmentCoast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Award2004
Senior Judge Advocate CommendationUnites States Navy2001
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation MedalUnites States Navy2000
Navy Achievement MedalUnited States Navy1992
Navy Achievement MedalUnited States Navy1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Dale R. Bruder1995 - Present
Litigation Cousel Code 14 Civil Litigation Wash.D.CFederal Government Civil Litigation2000 - 2001
Commanding OfficerUnited States Navy1999 - 2005
Executive Officer, VTU(Law) 2001, San FranciscoFederal Government1997 - 1998
Administrative Officer, VTU(Law) 2001, San FranciscoFederal Government1996 - 1997
Leemoore Liaison Officer, VTU(Law) 2001, San FranciscoFederal Government1995 - 1996
Executive Officer, NLSO, San FranciscoFederal Government1995 - 1995
Lemoore Liaison Officer, VTU(Law) 2001, San FranciscoFederal Government1994 - 1995
Officer in Charge, NLSO, Detachment LemooreFederal Government1994 - 1994
AttorneyBruder, Fitzgerald, Aquilar & Sherwood1993 - 1994
Admin Officer, NLSO 120, San FranciscoFederal Government1993 - 1994
Acting Officer in Charge, NLSO, DET. LemooreFederal Government1993 - 1993
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Dale R. Bruder1992 - 1993
Training Officer , NLSO 120, San FranciscoFederal Government1992 - 1993
Training/Legal Officer, Persmob Team 2820, San FranciscoFederal Government1991 - 1992
Acting Staff Judge Advocate, NAS point MagooFederal Government1989 - 1990
Executive Officer, VTU(Law) 2251, San FranciscoFederal Government1988 - 1999
Mutual Support Officer, NLSO 120, San FranciscoFederal Government1988 - 1990
Claims Officer, NLSO 120, San FranciscoFederal Government1988 - 1988
Training Officer, NLSO 120, San FranciscoFederal Government1988 - 1988
Resfirst Officer. NLSO 120, San FranciscoFederal Government1988 - 1988
PartnerMckinney, Wainwright, Saul-Olson & Bruder1987 - 1992
Administrative Officer, NLSO 120, San FranciscoFederal Government1987 - 1987
AssociateKahn, Soares & Conway1986 - 1987
Mutual Support Officer, NLSO 220, San FranciscoFederal Government1986 - 1986
Claims Officer, NLSO, Detachment LemooreFederal Government1985 - 1986
Lead Trial Counsel, NLSO, Detachment, LemooreFederal Government1984 - 1984
Senior Trial Counsel, NLSO, Detachment, LemooreFederal Government1984 - 1984
Defense Counsel, NLSO Detachment, Lemoore Naval Justice SchoolFederal Government1983 - 1983
Officer Indoctrination School, NETC. Newport, RIFederal Government1982 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Visalia Rotary Community FoundationPresident2013 - 2014
Tulare County Trial Lawyers AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Tulare County Young Lawyers AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Visalia Breakfast RotaryPast PresidentN/A
First Baptist ChurchPast DeaconN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re the Marriage of TharpSuccessful appellate reversal in landmark family law case in which Mr. Bruder was recognized for exemplary handling of multi million dollar corporation issues and proper handling of an abusive court in protection of his client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Family Law Report (Vol. 34)Review Of Marriage of Tharp2010
Coast Legal Assistance Guide: Author of Family Law SectionsU. S. Navy WestN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Toledo College of LawLawJuris Doctorate of Laws "Top Quarter"1982
United States Naval Justice SchoolLawGovernment Counsel Certification "With Honors"1982
University of Michigan Law SchoolPsychology/BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts "With Distinction"1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary Meetings (Several Meetings Over The YearsReal Estate Market UpdatesN/A
"Real Talk" Radio Show (Several Episodes Over The Years)Real Estate Law UpdatesN/A