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Bruce David Abel

Litigation Attorney at Palm Desert, CA

5.0   18 reviews

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Practice area
  1. Litigation
    Distinguished trial and appellate counsel. Mr. Abel is experienced in jury and bench trials as well as all types of mediations and arbitrations. Mr. Abel has recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients. Numerous cases have been covered by the media and published in official law books. In the criminal area, Mr. Abel prosecuted cases for the Los Angeles City Attorneys office, was a member of the Alternate Defense Panel, and has successfully defended numerous crimnal cases.

    40 years

     Mr. Abel is rated AV Preeminent (TM), the Highest Possible Raing in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards Reflecting the considered opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary  awarded by Martindale-Hubbell (R).  Mr. Abel is a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates which is by invitation only to trial lawyers who are of high personal character and honorable reputation and met the quallifications of the ABOTA Constitution.  He is a skilled and successful litigator with 34 years of experience handling substantial civil rights and employment cases, serious personal injury cases, and a broad range of business matters. Mr. Abel has successfully prosecuted bench and jury trials, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative proceedings. He has been lead counsel in appeals that have made California law and argued before the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.

     Throughout the course of Mr. Abel’s legal career he has distinguished himself as a tenacious and competent advocate at all stages of a case, from early settlement to trial and then on appeal. He has settled cases ranging in value from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars. Mr. Abel has experience representing both plaintiff and defendants in all aspects of civil litigation. This broad range of experience and success is one reason that he has been retained by other lawyers to represent them in their legal matters.

     In 2004, Mr. Abel was a guest lecturer in Appellate Advocacy at Whittier School of Law where he also invited to judge Moot Court Competition as a Moot Court Judge. He also taught Corporations at Pierce College and Moorpark College. Mr. Abel has sat as a judge pro tem in traffic arraignments and trials. Other quasi-judicial experience includes acting as a Superior Court Referee.  Early in his career, Mr. Abel acted as a City Prosecutor, prosecuting misdemeanors for the City Attorney in Los Angeles. This was followed by a number of years representing defendants in criminal matters. 

     Mr. Abel earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Writing from San Francisco State University, one of the 4 most prestigious writing schools in the country. Following this Mr. Abel became a licensed contractor in the State of California in Nevada and ran a multi-million dollar contracting business until he became an attorney in 1982. Mr. Abel graduated with a juris doctorate from Southwestern School of Law where he academically distinguished himself by making the Dean’s List and earning awards for exceptional achievement in Insurance Law and Intellectual Property.

     Mr. Abel is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District and numerous United States District Courts in California. Mr. Abel is a member in good standing of the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and acts as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

     Mr. Abel believes that each client is entitled to the best possible representation and accordingly gives personal attention to each case in which he is engaged. This philosophy requires Mr. Abel to be selective about the clients he agrees to represent, but once a person becomes his client, that person is assured of Mr. Abel’s commitment to provide competent and diligent representation.

Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 11/28/2022

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Abel Law Offices
77711 Flora Road, Suite 310
Palm Desert, CA, 92211


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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I retained Bruce to assist me with a conflict with one of my neighbors. In the scheme of life, my case was pretty "small potatoes," but it was important to me, as my neighbor, an attorney herself, seemed determined to put our conflict on the fast-track to Crazy Town. Ugh. Since I've never before had a conflict with a neighbor (or anyone else in my personal life) that required legal advice and action, I was seeking someone who would listen to my situation, advise me re: the appropriate action--legally, socially, and psychologically-- to resolve the conflict, as well as "have my back" and represent me, should the matter escalate. Enter Bruce: level-headed and calm, he treated my situation with care and respect. He is very intelligent, insightful, and his people skills are excellent. He listened attentively, advised me on the general handling of my situation, and then proposed the next steps. I feel that Bruce really achieved the perfect balance of aggressiveness and diplomacy in his communications on my behalf. I'm happy to report that the problem with my neighbor has greatly improved, and there have been no unexpected trips to Crazy Town! --All thanks to Bruce. I also appreciate Bruce's integrity: he could have acted on my behalf with fewer billed hours (and said so), but I really wanted to participate in, and learn from the process, so I didn't mind paying for extra time. It was a pleasure to work with Bruce, and I highly recommend his services!
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2009
Wonderful Experience
Bruce is one of the best attorneys I have worked with, he is a consummate professional and is terribly efficient, sharp and dedicated. Bruce has a good sense of humor, which is important is this line of business where people sometimes take themselves a bit too seriously. He continually educates himself on the current and future trends of the industry and his attention to detail is beyond his peers. He is the future of the industry now and I look forward to work with Bruce in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2009
Kept us calm in a scary situation
With a new business, a lot of things are uncertain. When an unexpected turn of events came to play, Bruce was right there reassuring us he was going to take care of it all. He was caring, thoughtful, listened to our every nervous thought. He took care of the situation without delay, which made us feel very at ease. Continous follow up also reassured us of his exemplary professional etiquette.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2009
Employment Contract
I've known Bruce for quite a long time but have never had the opportunity to work with him. Bruce was very patient and informative while helping to negotiate my employment contract. Whether it was day or night, Bruce was incredibly responsive as well. Bruce ended up helping me through to a positive resolution and I will highly recommend him in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2009
An attorney with a heart.
I was especially impressed with the gentle demeanor of Mr. Abel. Not only was his presence non-threatening, his humbleness, and willingness to accomodate me was out of the norm in comparision to my past experience with other lawyers. I would certainly recommend his services to others.
Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2009
A knowledgeable ally when you really need one
I spoke with half a dozen attorney's this past week, looking for the right one for a personal injury matter. Of this group, Bruce stands out as the most responsive and most genuinely interested in helping. We met with him at his office and felt welcome, not rushed. Patient and knowledgeable as he is, he made us feel confident we could move through the necessary legal actions with an ally who really cared about our well-being.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2009
Endorsement of Bruce Abel
Bruce Abel has shepherded our son, Adam Stern ( through the many challenges of launching a music career, and he has worked to protect our investment in this process. Mr. Abel is a phenomenal individual and lawyer. He is caring, smart, responsive, and highly skilled and takes a very personal interest in providing the highest quality of service to his clients. We thank him and endorse him to the highest level possible. Richard Stern, MD and Risa Kagan, MD
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Posted by Robert | March 28, 2009
Bruce Abel, a SUPERB Attorney!
Mr. Abel (Bruce) is extremely talented, and gifted in his craft. In addition, to put it simply, Bruce has your back! He fights hard for your rights, and reviews every possible angle to help you achieve what you want to, and need to. He is responsive to your needs, and works with your personality to see how issues will work out for you and your case. He is honest, and fair, and truly cares about his clients. He has a wealth of knowledge in his fields of expertise, and will work tirelessly for you. You can count on Bruce to be there for you, and fulfill your needs with excellence and great success.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2009
Jena Minor
There's an old adage, which says something like if it seems too good to be true, then it's probably NOT true. Consequently, having this statement swirling around my head, in addition to reading the other reviews, I began to wonder if I'd do more harm than good by adding my comments which happen to concur with the fact Bruce is all those things and more. My mom & I met Bruce 20 years ago; and, although she is no longer with me, I vividly remember how much faith she had in him. And, because my mom was tough as nails, her opinion weighed in heavily with me as well as with just about anyone who had business dealings with her -- so much so there were times I thought to myself, "mom, cut them some slack." However, overall, there was no denying her business acumen was superb; and, thankfully, that trait was one of the many "gifts" I inherited from her. I've shared this to say, only someone as brilliant as Bruce could stand toe-to-toe w/my mom. He didn't fail her& he has never failed me.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2009
Very knowledgeable and dedicated in my case.
Bruce is very knowledgable and stays on top of things. He has been a great advocate and dedicated for justice in my case. He is a great person to have on your side! Bruce has been dedicated to my case in that he has communicated with me on weekends and as late as midnight concerning my case and is very understanding to the fears and anxieties that I have had in my case.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2008
Excellent Lawyer
Bruce Abel was very knowlegeable and handled my matters with sensitivity. I feel confident recommending him to anyone who seeks legal help in any matter.
Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2008
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Bruce is an amazing attorney and extremely knowledgeable. I have used him numerous times and will continue to go to him for all my legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2008
Client Review
This attorney is brilliant and very helpful.
Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2008
Very Knowledgeable & Understanding
Bruce David Abel just recently helped me assume Power of Attorney for my mother. He was very supportive and understanding of a difficult situation and made excellent recommendations which have enabled us to provide excellent care without worry. I would recommend him without reservation.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2008
Outstanding PI attorney!
Bruce handled our PI case with sensitivity, always kept us informed, had an outstanding knowledge of law, and we won!
Posted by Howard | August 31, 2008
Mr. Howard Friedlander
I have known Bruce Abel for over 20 years. In that time he has proven to me time and again to be not only an exceptional attorney, but a staunch advocate for his clients. He is honest, steadfast and dedicated to his craft as well as his clients. I would find it difficult to even consider another attorney.
Posted by scott | August 21, 2008
Client Review
Bruce has proven to be a very fine attorney. He handled my case in a timely manner and with great efficiency. However, his skills as a fisherman leave much to be desired.
Posted by rod | August 20, 2008
rodney shain
Very responsive, acted very diligently on my behalf, secured a very generous settlement , will use his services again for certain! Receommend his services to anyone needing a diligent and very responsive attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Abel Law Offices
  • 2007 - Present
  • Arbitrator
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Moot Court Judge
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Attorney - Defense Counsel
  • AIG Iinsurance Company
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Adoption
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Attorney - Partner
  • Hindin & Abel, LLP
  • 1997 - 2007
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Reseda Senior Citizens
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Los Angeles County Community Colleges
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Settlement Referee
  • Superior Court of California
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Municipal Court of California
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
  • 1985 - 1985
  • Counsel
  • Krause's Sofa Factory
  • 1985 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • L. A. County Alternative Defense Counsel
  • 1983 - 1987
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Bruce Abel
  • 1982 - 1997
  • Owner - Instructor
  • Abel's Traffic School
  • 1980 - 1986
  • Licensed Contractor
  • Empire Carpet
  • 1974 - 1984
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  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • San Francisco State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1974
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Legal Cases

  • Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. v. Montes-Harris (2006) 40 Cal 4th 151
  • Excess Ins. Co. May Have a Duty
  • In Re Armato
  • Prevailed in Enforcement of Settlement Agreement
  • In Re Marriage of Keech (1999) 75 CA 4th 860
  • Attorney fee award must be supported


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Newspaper Recognition
  • Daily Journal (Los Angeles); Metropolitan News
  • 2006
  • Award of Appreciation - Moot Court Judge
  • Whittier School of Law
  • 2004
  • Newspaper Recognition
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2003
  • Newspaper Recognition
  • Daily Journal - Executive Presentations
  • 2001
  • Merit of Appreciation - Judge Pro Tem
  • Municipal Court of California
  • 1989
  • Merit of Appreciation - Settlement Referee
  • Superior Court of California
  • 1989
  • Newpaper Recognition
  • Sacramento Bee
  • 1989
  • Exceptional Achievement - Insurance Law
  • Southwestern School of Law
  • 1982
  • Exceptional Achievement - Intellectual Property
  • Southwestern School of Law
  • 1982
  • Dean's List
  • Southwestern School of Law
  • 1982
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  • Business Law in California - 12th Edition
  • Textbook for College - Business Law
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Law School Examinations
  • How to Achieve Top Exam Performance
  • 2005
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Apellate Advocacy - How to Prepare and Win Your Appeal
  • 2004
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Research for New Lawyers and Paralegals
  • 2002
  • Community College - Corporation Law
  • Corporation Law
  • 1996
  • Community College - Corporation Law
  • Corporation Law
  • 1995
  • Traffic School
  • Constitutional Law
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Endorse Bruce
Litigation Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Not only do I endorse this lawyer, I also hire him for my firm as the lead litigation lawyer. He is calm, cool and to the point with all positive attributes a superb trial lawyer should have."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've known Bruce for many years and have litigated several cases against him. At trial, Bruce is absolutely one of the best, especially explaining complex legal theories in understanble ways to jurys. In one case where Bruce represented a plaintiff against a client of mine he achieved a settlement in the high six figures. His trustwortiness and integrity are beyond question. And, because of his legal knowledge and experneicne, I now consider him a mentor. I would recommend Bruce to any employee who has been wronged by a employer and is considering legal action."
Litigation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce Abel is the consummate professional. A very powerful advocate on behalf of his clients. Other seasoned attorneys contact Mr. Abel for his feedback and counsel! It is always a pleasure to work with him."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Over the last five years, I’ve worked with Bruce on various litigation matters arising out of complex business disputes. Bruce has a keen ability to quickly home in on the key legal/factual issues in a case and then formulate appropriate and effective litigation strategies for advancing the client’s interests. He knows how to marshal and organize the evidence needed to win, and his writing and oral advocacy skills are top notch. Bruce is also a highly effective trial attorney. Experienced and always well prepared, he thinks fast on his feet, has great trial instincts, possesses an excellent command of the rules of evidence, and communicates persuasively with judges and juries alike. In short, Bruce is the ideal attorney for anyone who needs legal assistance with a complex business dispute, and I highly endorse him for such work."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bruce. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is an excellent communicator who is well respected, trust worthy, and likable. He is a true leader and seasoned professional who I contact when I need support and encouragement. As a new lawyer, he has welcomed me into the legal community by generously offering his advice and guidance. Without a doubt, I would trust Bruce to handle any of my own personal legal matters. Hands down, he's got my endorsement!"
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a very competent lawyer in the field of personal injury."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Bruce Abel during the first two years of my law career and the skills I learned from him are priceless as they are crucial in this profession. Bruce is a hard-worker, ethical and a great advocate. His written work is near perfection and his memory of statutory provisions is impressive. I endorse this lawyer's work!"
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Abel is a seasoned, excellent trial lawyer. Mr. Abel has established a reputation as a fierce litigator who gets results. And, he practices his profession with integrity and the highest ethical standards. I highly recommend Mr. Abel."
Business Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Other
"Bruce Abel is the epitome of what an attorney should be. He is highly skilled with negotiation, aggressive and professional, scholarly with research, trustworthy, and always available for clients. He communicates clearly, analyzes with precision, formulates persuasive arguments, and sees the big picture. Mr. Abel is straight forward with clients, opposing counsel, and all he comes into contact with. He is my law partner at Abel & Abel, LLP, my father, and has successfully represented my interests as my lawyer."
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