Robert Bruce is Counsel in Newmeyer Dillion’s Newport Beach office where his practice focuses on business litigation with a concentration on trial practice.

Bob returned to civil litigation after seventeen years as a prosecutor in San Diego, where he prosecuted countless serious and violent felony cases including murders, carjackings, robberies, financial crimes, and complex gang conspiracies.  He gained a reputation for winning hard cases through a combination of tenacious pre-trial litigation, shrewd negotiation strategy, and persuasive trial advocacy.  Prior to working as a prosecutor Bob worked at a litigation boutique in Los Angeles where he represented major automotive and sporting goods manufacturers in high-stakes product liability litigation.  With his engineering background Bob excels in litigating technically and technologically complex matters.

Bob’s approach to representation of corporate and individual clients draws heavily on his experience as a chief executive and operations officer in the military, where he learned the value of teamwork and an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, and the importance of timely and accurate advice to decisionmakers. While he thrives under pressure, Bob emphasizes the need for planning and preparation to effectively navigate a chaotic environment.


  • California, 2002


  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law (J.D., 2002)
    • President, Student Bar Association
    • Member, Interdisciplinary Law Journal
  • United States Naval Academy (B.S., 1992)
    • Aerospace Engineering