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Christopher Russell Bruce

Divorce and separation Attorney at West Palm Beach, FL

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    80%
    Representation of clients involved in Florida Divorce & Child Custody matters.

    9 years

  2. Appeals
    20%
    Appeals of Florida Divorce & Child Custody Cases. See www.DivorceCourtAppeals.com

    9 years

I am a native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  I married another lawyer after swearing I never would, and now my wife and I are the proud parents of two young children.  Outside of the office, and spending time with my family, my passion is saltwater fishing and marine conservation.

I am a Marital & Family Law Specialist (Board Certified by the Florida Bar). My law practice for nearly my entire legal career has been focused on representing clients through complicated divorce, alimony, and child custody matters.  Typically when I am involved there is a business valuation or asset tracing issue, the need to confront a difficult or intimidating person, an important long-term support claim, or a serious issue involving children.

My goal is to obtain a fair result for my clients as quickly and efficiently as possible so they can move on to the life they desire and deserve to be living.

When in a client’s best interest, I work to resolve matters through early negotiation and alternative dispute resolution options.

However, I am a divorce litigator.  I believe that in many instances the shortest and optimal path to favorably resolving complex family disputes with difficult people involves strategic, resolution-focused litigation.  I represent my clients through all stages of this process, including at trial, and in Florida’s appellate courts.

I am the author of The Best Divorce: for Business Owners, Executives, Professionals, & Anyone Else Who Needs Divorce to Achieve Happiness.

You can gain an in-depth understanding of my approach to creating effective divorce law strategies in my divorce law practice (as well as an in-depth divorce strategy education) by reading the book, or clicking here to register for my complimentary 14 lesson video course on developing and implementing effective divorce strategies.

I’ve also made a wealth of information available through the articles, webinars, and forums available on this website.  You can click here to start your divorce education.

Education & Prior Affiliations

As far as education goes, I graduated, with Honors, from the Florida State University College of Law. During law school I was President of the Moot Court Appellate Advocacy team, a member of the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, and the recipient of five “highest grade” awards.

Before law school, I earned an Accounting Degree from the University of Florida, where I was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. While in accounting school, I interned in the Tax Department of Ernst & Young, a “Big Four” international accounting firm. I was also a licensed Florida insurance agent and intern with Northwestern Mutual, a large-scale financial services company.

I started my legal career by clerking and then working as an associate lawyer with the international law firm of Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge, which is now known as Locke Lord, LLP.  From there, I had the outstanding opportunity to practice divorce and family law with Matthew Nugent and Adam Zborowski.  During the last five years of our seven and a half years together we practiced in partnership, under the firm name Nugent Zborowski & Bruce.

Legal Writing & Committee Service

When I am not in my office, with my family, or fishing, I serve as a board member of the Craig S. Barnard chapter of the American Inns of Court, a national legal ethics organization.  I have previously served as a member of the Professionalism Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and as secretary of the Publications Committee of the Florida Bar Family Law Section.

In addition to my book on divorce strategy, I frequently publish articles on current topics in Florida Divorce Law and I have served as a resource to news agencies reporting on Florida divorce issues.  My articles have appeared in the South Florida Daily Business Review, Palm Beach County Bar Bulletin, and other Florida Bar publications.

Alimony Reform:

  • Attempt to Modify Alimony During 2012 Legislative Session Fails:  South Florida Daily Business Review, April 11, 2012
  •  Divorce, Family Law Attorney Busts Alimony Reform Myths:  South Florida Daily Business Review, October 19, 2012

Attorney’s Fees in Divorce Cases:

  • Attorney’s Fee Awards Reduced for Unnecessary Litigation:  Palm Beach County Bar Bulletin, October 2012
  • Temporary Attorney’s Fee Awards:  Palm Beach County Bar Bulletin, February 2013
  • Trend Towards Reducing Attorney’s Fee Awards for Meritless Litigation:  South Florida Daily Business Review, April 3, 2013
  • Interpretation of Defaulting Party Attorney Fee Clauses:  Palm Beach County Bar Bulletin, June 2013

Grandparent & Relative Custody:

  • How Grandparents & Relatives Can Obtain Custody of a Child:  Palm Beach County Bar Bulletin, October 2013

Jurisdiction in Child Custody Cases:

  • Chapter 742 & The UCCJEA: Is Childbirth an Unbridled Key to Forum Shopping?:  Florida Bar Journal , January 2012

Testimony & Reports of Psychologists & Counselors:

  • What Every Divorce Attorney Should Know When Evaluating a Forensic Psychologist’s Report:  Commentator, Florida Bar Family Law Section , Fall 2012
  • The Patient-Psychotherapist Privilege in Child Custody Cases:  Palm Beach County Bar Bulletin, November 2013

Same-Sex Issues:

  •  Same Sex Divorce May Depend on State’s Definition of Marriage:  South Florida Daily Business Review, June 8, 2012

Setting Aside a Divorce Judgment:

  • Setting Aside a Divorce Judgment:  Palm Beach County Bar Bulletin, September 2013

I am looking forward to counseling you through your marital or family law matter. For more information about my background, or to schedule a divorce consultation and strategy session, please call the Bruce Law Firm, P.A. at.

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Location

Bruce Law Firm, P.A.
1601 Forum Place
Suite 1101
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401

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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Anthony
Christopher Bruce is an outstanding divorce attorney. He helped me get thru a very difficult period. He worked closely with both parties. If he does not know the answer he will research.
Posted by Adam | March 2, 2019
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Honest and Ethical
It’s not often you find a “divorce” attorney they is ethical, honest, and at the same time willing to do what needs to be done in the best interest of his/her client. That is exactly what you get when you retain Chris. From our first meeting, Chris laid out the facts of my not so simple divorce. Rather than try to take advantage of me as most attorneys would, Chris advised me to spend a little more (alimony) versus spending upwards of $5-10k to fight what may or may not have saved me the same amount. He could have taken my money and told me I had a decent chance of winning, but he chose to be honest and ethical. My divorce is just about 18 months in the rear view and things come up from time to time that I need Chris’s counsel. I’ve always been able to get a hold of him, and I’ve always received prompt and honest responses. While divorce should be your last resort (something Chris belives strongly), if you are in thay unfortunate situation do yourself a favor and have Chris represent you.
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Posted by Karen | June 27, 2018
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Review of Chris Bruce, Divorce Attorney
I got a recommendation from a friend to check out Chris Bruce to use as my divorce attorney. From our first meeting, I genuinely connected with Chris and knew that I would be using him when I was prepared for my divorce. He was down to earth, honest and simply a nice person. But I also felt that he could stand up to the challenges and complications of a divorce. A month later, when I was ready, he explained the cost and what complications could arise. He was always coming up with ideas that would help me capture the best financial outcome for myself. There were many ups and downs that are typical in a divorce, but I can say without hesitation that I would hire him again! He is professional, intelligent, and a genuinely nice person. Even my ex thought that he was a nice guy! Interestingly enough, I was told to interview at least 3 attorneys, but after I interviewed Chris, I knew that I would hire him, so the process of finding the right attorney became very easy!
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Posted by Antti | March 7, 2014
Free consultation by Christopher saved me thousands of dollars !!!!
I went to his office for consultation with my father who was ready to write a $ 5000.00 check to fix my other lawyers mistakes. Chris went thru the paper work and actually told me that i can fix this my self at the court house, without his help i would of over payed child support for 14 years and not even knowing. once again Chris thanks for all your advice !!! Dont let the experiance and age fool you, He came highly recomended and he knows his stuff. next time your A/C blows up, call me so i can return this favorite.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Bruce Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Nugent Zborowski & Bruce
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP
  • 2008 - 2009

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Florida
  • B.S.
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sacket v. Sacket
  • Reversed and remanded

Associations

  • Susan B. Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Chapter President Award
  • Coastal Conservation Association of Florida
  • 2013

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Palm Beach County Bench Bar Conference
  • Final Hearings and Emergancy Motions
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Christopher
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris and the team at the Bruce Law Firm are fantastic and have my highest endorsement. He is someone I trust implicitly not only because of his board certification and experience, but due to his compassion and ability to assist his clients through what is often times a difficult time in their life. I have referred several clients to him and have received very positive feedback, not only with regard to the results he delivered, but also with regard to the professionalism of he and his staff. If you are looking for a family law attorney to assist you through a divorce, need a prenuptial agreement drafted or any other legal assistance with regard to family law, I highly recommend Chris Bruce and The Bruce Law Firm."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I get divorced, I'll make sure Chris is on my side!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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West Palm Beach Divorce and separation Lawyer Christopher Russell Bruce
Christopher Russell Bruce
Divorce and separation Attorney
West Palm Beach, FL
Licensed for 15 years