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Mr. Bruce was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1992 and moved to the Sarasota-Bradenton area that same year to begin his career as an attorney. During the course of his career, he has been engaged in various aspects of civil practice, including over ten years of service as the Senior Program Attorney for the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Child Support Enforcement Office, where on occasion he acted in the capacity of a Special Prosecutor on behalf of the State of Florida Department of Revenue in Indirect Criminal Contempt cases. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association, a long-time coach and supporter of the Manatee High School Mock Trial Team program, a continuing legal education lecturer and the 2009-2010 President for the Manatee County Bar Association.


Contact info

Heintz & Becker

905 6th Ave W
Bradenton, FL, 342057701

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 80%
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • John Michael Phillips

    I endorse Attorney Bruce. From his credentials Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community and striving for more and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos.


    John Phillips Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Scott Becker

    Eric is an excellent advocate for his clients who will work tirelessly to assure that his clients get the justice they deserve. I recommend him highly.


    David Becker Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


FLMember in Good Standing199206/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV ratingMartindale Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AHeintz & Becker2009 - Present
Senior Program AttorneyManatee County Clerk of Circuit Court1998 - 2009
PrincipalEric D. Bruce, P.A.1993 - 1998
AssociateHarllee, Porges, Hamlin & Hamrick1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Manatee County Bar AssociationImmediate Past President2010 - Present
Manatee County Bar AssociationPresident2009 - Present
Manatee County Bar AssociationHigh School Mock Trial Coach1996 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationN/AN/A
Manatee County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2008 - 2009
Manatee County Bar AssociationTreasurer2006 - 2008
Manatee County Bar AssociationDirector2003 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Myslinski v. Shorewalk Condominium AssociationJudgment for $590,000 with 25% comparative negligence
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1992
Florida Atlantic UniversityAccountingOther - Bachelors1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sarasota Manatee Paralegal meetingEthical issues related to LOPs2011
Florida Bar SeminarFamily Law2008