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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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Top 10 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2014|
|lawyer of the Year||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Top 10 super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 10 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2012|
|Lawyer of the Year||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers||2012|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2011|
|Top 10 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2011|
|Lawyer of the Year||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Best Lawyers in America||N/A||2010|
|Top 10 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2010|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2010|
|Top 10 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2009|
|The Best Lawyers in America||Woodward-White, Inc.||2009|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2009|
|Top Point Getter||Southern California Super Lawyers||2008|
|Top 10 super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2008|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2008|
|Top 100 super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2007|
|Top 10 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2007|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2006|
|Champions of Justice Award||Loyola Law School||2006|
|Top 10 Super Lawyers||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2006|
|Top 10 Super Lawyers||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2005|
|Litigator of the Year||N/A||2005|
|Lifetime Legal Achievement Award||Foundation For Taxpayer and Consumer Rights||2005|
|Litigator of the Year Award||Century City Bar Association||2005|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2005|
|Top 10 Super Lawyers||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2004|
|Top 100 Super Lawyer||Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine||2004|
|Edward I. Pollock Award||N/A||2003|
|Ted Horn Award||N/A||1998|
|Robert E. Cartwright Award||N/A||1996|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year||N/A||1984|
|The 500 Leading Lawyers in America||Lawdragon||N/A|
|100 Most Influential Attorneys in California||Los Angeles Daily Journal||N/A|
|Civil Advocate Award||Association of Southern California Defense Counsel||N/A|
|Civility Award||American Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles||N/A|
|Marvin E. Lewis Award||Consumer Attorneys of California||N/A|
|One of California's Most Respected Plaintiff Lawyers||California Lawyer Magazine||N/A|
|Partner||Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP||1977 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles' Annual Law Firm Campaign||Co-Chair||2002 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||National Board of Directors||N/A|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyer||Board of Governors||N/A|
|Trial Lawyers for Public Justice||Founding Member||N/A|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee - Chair||N/A|
|Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles||Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee - Chair||N/A|
|University of Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council||Member||N/A|
|University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association||Executive Committee||N/A|
|Matthew Bender Products Liability Practice Guide||Chapter 55, Industrial (Heavy) Machinery||1988|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|University of Notre Dame||N/A||N/A||1971|