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Bruce Neil Anticouni

Employment and labor Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   35 reviews
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  • Licensed for 52 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1972
    Status
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About Bruce

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THE MOST EXPERIENCED AND HIGHLY REGARDED ATTORNEY WHO HAS OBTAINED OVER $185,000,000 FOR EMPLOYEES.

Before establishing Anticouni & Associates in 1979, Bruce Anticouni worked from 1971 until 1974 as a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.  From 1974 until 1979, he was Employment Counsel and later, Vice President and General Counsel, of a New York Stock Exchange company which employed over 50,000 Employees in over 1300 retail locations throughout the United States. 


Mr. Anticouni obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from California State College at Long Beach and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  He is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, United States District Court, California Supreme Court, California Court of Appeal and the California Bar.  Mr. Anticouni has served on the Board of Directors for a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations.  He is a member of National Employment Lawyers Association, California Employment Lawyers Association, National Lawyers Guild, National Employment Law Project, American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Ventura County Bar Association and Workplace Fairness.  He serves as a Settlement Master in the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

Mr. Anticouni has received a LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® rating of AV Preeminent®.  AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers and judges rank him or her at the highest level of professional and ethical excellence. He was once again named one of the California’s top rated lawyers by the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle in 2013-2017. Mr. Anticouni is a "Superb" (10.0 out of 10.0) by AVVO and recognized as one of the top 100 employment lawyers by the National Advocates in 2015.

Mr. Anticouni serves as a Special Settlement Matster in Santa Barbara Superior Court.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2018,2017,2015
Client's Choice
2018 2017 2015

Location

Anticouni & Ricotta
201 N. Calle Cesar Chavez
Suite 105
Santa Barbara, CA, 93103

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jeannine | May 6, 2019
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Excellent Attorney in Group Mediation
Bruce and Tristan patiently gathered information from each of our group and counselled us wisely through mediation. I especially appreciated their availability to all of us. They explained legal issues and managed to get all of us to a good understanding of our case. It became obvious to me that through Bruce's professional longevity in Santa Barbara, he has developed relationships with mediators, other professionals, and the community members in general. This was instrumental in the good outcome of our case.
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Posted by ANUP | February 21, 2019
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An excellent job
I would say that I was lucky and grateful to have a lawyer of Bruce's ability, understanding and empathy. He understands the complexities of a case and is not afraid to pursue it aggressively. I would rate him a 10 on a scale of 1-10
Posted by Brandy | May 14, 2020
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Client
I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude to Bruce and Nicole for their diligence on my case. Bruce was very responsive and continuously kept me apprised of status and updates. This was the first time I have had to utilize legal services in this capacity. I was impressed with their service. Excellent service and responsiveness.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2020
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Resposive, professional and respecful advisor
Bruce Anticouni represented me in a workplace matter and I was beyond impressed with the whole experience. He and his team are responsive, detailed, and a pleasure to work with while going through a difficult experience. Bruce provided excellent advice and brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to the table. I believe I ended up with a positive outcome based on having Bruce and his firm as my representation.
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Posted by Joseph | March 12, 2020
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Simply, The Best !
If you were a victim of discrimination, had you employment contract continually violated but continued your employment because you needed to provide for your family, do what I did. Hire Bruce Anticouni to represent you. Anticouni and Associates promptly and defly leveled the playing field, ensured that my rights were respected, obtained a fair and just settlement and compensation for my family and myself. Thank you Bruce, thank you Nicole. You are simply the best.
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Posted by James | January 28, 2019
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A job well done!
I know this may sound odd, but for having to deal with such an unpleasant situation, Bruce Anticouni and his team sure made my two year journey to justice relatively painless and even somewhat enjoyable. I was able to get my point heard and I feel as if Bruce has made things right and me feel whole once again. What more can one ask for... James
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2018
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Nurse
Bruce was very professional and listened to what I had to say and guided me in the right direction. If you are looking for a great lawyer Bruce is your man.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2018
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Exceeded Expectations
It is with great pleasure and without hesitation that I recommend the services of Anticouni & Associates. Bruce Anticouni is very knowledgeable and extremely caring. He looked out for my best interest and was always available if I had any questions or concerns. This was a stressful time for me and Bruce made a difficult situation easier. I had never needed legal services before and Bruce took time to explain the entire process. His expertise enabled me to get fair settlement in a short amount of time. I trust him and know that he would provide others with the same remarkable service he gave me. I would definitely refer family and friends to him. I am grateful for all that Bruce, Nicole and his team did for me.
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Posted by Kelly | September 10, 2018
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Thank You Bruce Anticouni and Staff
Bruce Anticouni and staff were very professional, attentive and a pleasure to work with. Bruce kept me well informed throughout the process and answered all of my questions in a timely matter. Many thanks to Bruce and his staff for their assistance!
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2018
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Thank you Bruce Anticouni!
I am proudly compelled to fan the flame of those few taking pride in their work and ultimately making me feel like I am not a number. Bruce Anticouni and his staff went above and beyond expectations! Employment Law is not my field of expertise, so, after a recommendation from a family friend, I met with Bruce and his staff for consultation. Bruce listented, questioned, and ultimately gave me his honest legal opinion; which resulted in a favorable settlement! I can not recommend Bruce Anticouni more. He brought a just settlement to an unfavorable labor situation.  Thank you Bruce Anticouni!
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Posted by Michael | July 30, 2018
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Client
Bruce and his staff were very responsive and took care of my needs in a professional and timely manner. I would highly recommend them.
Posted by Linda | June 8, 2018
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NOTHING BUT PRAISE
Bruce and Nicole felt more like partners and friends than being in an attorney/client relationship. They actually CARED about me, my health issues, and the problems my employer had either created or exacerbated. They were willing and eager to fight for my rights at every turn. When I made the decision to accept a settlement, it was done with NO pressure from them either way - they explained the pros and cons of settlement versus court battle, and the decision was mine. Had I wanted to continue on to court, they were more than prepared to go forward, and we were confident the outcome would have been positive, but hard-won emotionally and physically. I was satisfied with the settlement amount offered, but more importantly, the employing entity knows that treating employees the way they dealt with me WILL cost them. I would not hesitate to refer anyone with an employment issue - and indeed have done so - to Anticouni & Associates. Although the past couple of years have been difficult, my team made a very negative situation so much more positive than it could have been. As I told Bruce, "You people give lawyers a GOOD name!"
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Posted by Nicola | February 7, 2018
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The
Bruce represented me in an employment matter when I had nowhere left to turn. He took immediate action and aggressively handled my case with the highest ethical standards to get the best outcome for me. He is thoughtful, caring and took the time to explain the entire process. Bruce is excellent at communicating and responded to my questions immediately. He involved me in much of the case and I felt comfortable with every step forward. I can't say enough about his integrity and highly recommend him!
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Posted by W. | December 6, 2017
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Efficient, knowledgeable, trustworthy
Mr Anticouni consistently demonstrated the characteristics of a talented, experienced and competent attorney. Mr. Anticouni and his team returned my emails and calls promptly, represented my concern effectively, and provided knowledgeable information consistently. Mr. Anticouni presented the law in understandable and comprehensive fashion. I would highly recommend anyone with a viable concern connect with Mr. Anticouni's team for a review of the facts of their case. The timeline he presented was accurate and the legal strategy proposed was ethical and effective. Mr. Anticouni's offices are professional and well appointed. Most importantly, I completely trusted Mr. Anticouni's ability to adeptly represent my complaint and he delivered on that trust.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2017
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Very Grateful
Mr. Anticouni and associates were warm, knowledgeable and professional from the start in handling my harassment case. I did not know what to expect and was under a lot of stress but they guided me through the process, handled all the details, and kept in constant communication. They resolved my case in only a few months with a very fair settlement. They provide a great service and I am very grateful. Many thanks!
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2017
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Simply the Best
Me. Anticouni represented me in a sexual harassment case. He was completely understanding of the trauma I went through, and did everything he could to make me feel safe and comfortable. His associate Nicole was also very awesome. She helped get through the emotional trauma by reassuring me that I had done nothing wrong. She also told me how strong and brave I am. Those words might seem simple but at that moment they meant the world to me. Anticouni and Associates fought very hard for me and were always available to answer my questions. Even if they seemed minuscule. I feel like I owe Mr. Anticouni so much more than a thank you. But, thank you!! You've definitely changed my life for the better.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2017
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Outstanding Advocate
When my employer let me go without fulfilling the promises they had made to me at my time of hire, my inclination was to let the situation ride. However, after meeting with Mr. Anticouni and his colleague Nicole, I came to believe in the possibility that justice could prevail. Mr. Anticouni and Nicole worked patiently, diligently and professionally with me over the course of several months, listening to my concerns, providing clarity to questions, and keeping me informed on the process, until my claim was resolved to my satisfaction. I'm deeply appreciative to Mr. Anticouni and his team; their commitment, skill and drive to resolution have made a significant difference in my transition of employment and my quality of life. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Anticouni and his associates to anyone in need of employment representation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2017
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Will go the Extra Mile
Bruce and his team were amazing. I never had a doubt that they would pull through for me. I was uncertain and frightened by the mere thought of having to sue anyone; but the team was there to assure me. I was walked through the process and they told me all the pros and cons. I was never in the dark or misled. They stood by their word and worked hard to see me through my case. I was very please with them and would recommend them to anyone going through what I went through.
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Posted by Carrie F. | February 18, 2017
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Beyond my Expectations
From the moment I entered Bruce Anticouni's office, I was impressed by the strong bond that Bruce & his staff had for one another. It was very comforting to me, I felt very much at ease. After speaking with Bruce, and one of his colleagues Nicole, I felt confident that I had come to the right place. Bruce was not only professional, he was trustworthy, confident, very knowledgeable and compassionate too. He attentive when he listens, yet you immediately can tell that he is a force to be reckoned with. While under his counsel, Bruce & his staff were always very responsive, compassionate, and attentive to all my needs. When in need of an excellent attorney whom will fight for you, Bruce Anticouni is the one. Thank you Bruce, to you and your staff for all you did for me. Best of Wishes.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2016
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Great Advocate
I have been retained by Bruce to handle a number of cases referred to Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has always been tough, fair, and mindful of his client's best interests. If a relative came to me and needed a good lawyer in Santa Barbara, Bruce would top my list.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Instructor
  • University Of California Santa Barbara
  • 2000 - 2014

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1970
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cardenas v. Mission Industries
  • Substantial monetary award
  • Pacific Merchant Overtime Cases
  • Complete Victory

Associations

  • Workplace Fairness
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney
  • Los Angeles Times
  • 2013
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Publications

  • employment law review
  • employment law review
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Labor & Employment Law For Employers
  • Current Personnel Issues
  • 2006
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Employment Law
  • 2005
  • Employment Updates
  • Employment Law
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

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Given (18)
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Class action Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bruce Anticouni has been a successful, top-echelon labor and employment lawyer for decades. He is very well respected by his peers, and does a great job for his clients. As an attorney who has opposed Bruce on many occasions, I always appreciate his approach, which relies on professionalism, intelligence, deep experience, and keen attention to detail. Bruce is a very zealous advocate, yet is never uncivil or one for gamesmanship. Instead, he gets things done with outstanding lawyering. I recommend Bruce Anticouni in the highest possible terms."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked for Bruce Anticouni for eight years as an associate attorney in the area of employment law ending in 2008. It was a pleasure working for him and he was a great mentor for me in all areas of practice. He is excellent with his clients, is professional in running his business, has an incredible legal mind, and is a highly-skilled negotiator. I learned a great deal from him and often ask myself what he would do when presented with challenging issues in my practice since working there."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without qualification. I have known about Bruce's practice since I started practicing law in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in 1984. A significant percentage of my own practice for private and public offices has involved employment, labor, and civil rights, representing employers and employees. I have been adverse to him or his associates and aware of many cases he handled. My conclusions: Bruce is a formidable adversary and advocate for the cases he accepts; he is tenacious; he shows good and gutsy judgment and commitment when assessing case merits and taking cases. Finally, I've been long impressed with Bruce's and his wife Judy's generous and enthusiastic support of and interest in local community and bar efforts, leaders, and civil and legal rights organizations."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Bruce Anticouni is one of the most knowledgeable and distinguished employment attorneys in California. His concern for each client and case is the gold standard of how every attorney should be with their clients. Bruce is an absolutely brilliant attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with/for Bruce on a litigation matter that had been pending for several years. Bruce was a relatively recent participant in the proceedings and accordingly had to process significant quantities of information to get up to speed in what was a very complex, multi-party litigation matter. Notwithstanding the complexity of and substantial history surrounding this matter, Bruce was able to quickly get up to speed, separate the pertinent information from the voluminous materials generated, and immediately focus on the major issues. Bruce's participation was indispensable in terms of facilitating client communications, specifically with regard to communicating complex litigation proceedings, important developments and case analysis to the client and facilitating the attorney/client relationship. In addition, Bruce was always courteous, prompt and professional. I would not hesitate to retain Bruce personally or refer others to him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"There is nobody in the Santa Barbara area who knows more about representing plaintiffs in employment law matters than Bruce Anticouni. I have been adverse to Bruce on more matters than I can count over the years and while he is an fierce advocate for his clients, I can also rely on him to exercise the judgment and professionalism that allows us to have a positive relationship despite our passionate disagreements."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce and I have worked together on several wage and hour class actions. He is extremely knowledgeable about employment law and an excellent attorney and advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Bruce Anticouni several times during the 32 years that I worked as General Counsel for a $100,000,000.00 company. He was always an excellent source of information; has a perfect demeanor and achieved great results."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Over the years, Bruce's firm has been opposing counsel on 3 or 4 employment matters. Bruce and his partners/associates provide conscientious, strategic representation for their clients. I have been impressed with the quality of their papers and their focus on the client's best interests, while having professional, courteous relationships with opposing counsel."
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