“I am wholly and relentlessly committed to achieving a positive outcome for my clients, whether via settlement or trial.”
Bruce assists clients with all manner of complex litigation in federal court, and is involved in litigating cases nationwide. He has represented companies and people in matters that run the gamut from cases involving contract disputes, failed acquisitions, business torts, security interests, employment and FLSA disputes, to software and IT litigation, trade secrets, cybersecurity, antitrust, and insurance coverage.
One of the areas Bruce focuses his practice on is helping technology companies pursue and/or defend technology-related claims in federal court. Most often, these claims involve software or complex IT systems. Another area of focus lies in assisting Chinese businesses and individuals with litigation within the U.S., and spearheading Obermayer’s China practice.
When he isn’t working, Bruce enjoys cycling, skiing, vintage European cars, traveling, reading, and spending time with his wife and children.
Bruce has proven his ability to efficiently and effectively represent parties in high stakes litigation. He has a diverse federal court litigation practice in the following areas: employment, technology, software development, copyright, contracts, professional malpractice, and business disputes. Bruce has earned litigation capabilities nationwide in any federal venue.
Bruce’s most notable cases include:
- Prevailing on behalf of an IT company in a bet-the-company case after a bench trial in the Southern District of New York over a bogus security interest claimed by a notorious New York-based hedge fund;
- Prevailing on behalf of a software development company in an international arbitration case involving claims by an Italian company of negligence relating to technology for virtual online auctions of high-end vintage watches;
- Representing a Chinese company in the acquisition of a facility for Bitcoin mining and another Chinese company in the acquisition of a high tech manufacturing business;
- Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a Chinese company in complex commercial litigation in federal district court involving alleged breach of contract and related business tort claims;
- A favorable settlement on behalf of a U.S. IT company involving claims by a Japanese-owned multinational company of negligence in the development of optical chips;
- Obtaining large settlements on behalf of both employers and employees in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation in federal court;
- Obtaining a reversal by the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a case of industry-wide significance in the financial services industry;
- Representing a prominent telecom carrier in defense of wrongful death claims involving issues relating to cybersecurity and identity theft;
- Representing an IT consulting company in pursuing claims against a major health care provider for failure to make multi-million dollar payments for systems implementation and related IT services
- Obtaining favorable settlements in high stakes employment litigation;
- Representing several Chinese companies in trade secret litigation in federal district court;
- Obtaining large settlements on behalf of a New Jersey-based residential treatment center against its investment bankers and legal advisors arising from a failed acquisition; and
- Obtaining summary judgment and favorable settlements on behalf of a software development company for theft of intellectual property and trademark infringement.
Bruce is past President of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Alumni Association and is currently on the Alumni Board of the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored the antitrust chapter of the ABA’s Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2003 and 2004 editions. Additionally, Bruce was named as one of Pennsylvania’s “Super Lawyers” as listed in both the Philadelphia magazine (June, 2005 & June, 2007) and the Law and Politics magazine, “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” (2005 & 2007 editions).
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