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Bruce D. Varner is the Founding Partner at Varner & Brandt LLP practicing in the areas of general business, corporate, real estate, banking and transactional law. Bruce received his B.A. degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara on a football scholarship and his Juris Doctorate with honors (Order of the Coif, Thurston Honor Society) from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Bruce is one of the leading corporate and business transactional attorneys in Southern California and throughout the United States. He and his dedicated team have handled some of the largest transactions and corporations in the Inland Empire, yet Bruce is also committed to nurturing and assisting entrepreneurs set up, fund and form corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. With his expertise he also provides these businesses ongoing business and legal advice to help ensure their long term success.


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Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 20%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Banking: 20%
  4. M & A: 20%
  5. Real Estate: 20%


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Contact info

Varner & Brandt LLP

3750 University Ave
Sixth Floor
Riverside, CA, 92501-3323

Varner & Brandt LLP

3237 East Guasti Road
Suite 220
Ontario, CA, 91761



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Tier 1 RankingBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Attorneys in Los AngelesBest Attorneys in Los Angeles2013
Tier 1 RankingBest Lawyers in America2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
California's Best LawyersCalifornia's Best Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
John B. Surr AwardSan Bernardino County Bar Association2012
Honorary Doctor of LawsCalifornia State University, San Bernardino2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Inland Empire's Best LawyersInland Empire Magazine2007
Arrowhead Distinguished Executive OfficerCalifornia State University San Bernardino2004
Visionary AwardSan Bernardino Boys & Girls Club2002
Entrepreneur of the Year AwardErnst & Young LLP Inland Empire1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
UC Board of Regents, ChairUniversity of California2006 - Present
Founding PartnerVarner & Brandt LLP1997 - Present
General CounselStater Bros Markets1970 - Present
PartnerGresham, Varner, Savage, Nolan & Tilden1967 - 1997
AssociateGresham, Varner, Savage, Nolan & Tilden1964 - 1967
AssociateKindel & Anderson1962 - 1964
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1963 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1963 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Riverside County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
United States Supreme Court BarAdmittedN/A
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmittedN/A
United States Tax CourtAdmittedN/A
Foundation Board of Governors, California State University, San BernardinoMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Garrett v. Brown - Stater Bros Proxy FightSuccessful Outcome for client, saved the company
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Publication nameTitleDate
SFGateUC must retain the best leaders2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1962
University of California - Santa BarbaraPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1958
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
California State University San Bernardino CommencementBuilding Relationships in the Community Commencement Address2011