Bruce A. Wagman

Top rated animal law attorney in San Francisco, California

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Bruce A. Wagman
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Practice Areas: Animal law, Appellate

Licensed in California since: 1992

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023
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Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

456 Montgomery St
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104 Phone: 415-275-8540 Email: Bruce A. Wagman Visit website


Bruce Wagman is a lawyer with Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila.

For almost three decades, Bruce Wagman has been using his legal education and well-honed skills to help animals in all sectors of society, and benefit both society and the animals themselves. He is the only lawyer running an exclusive animal law practice in a major United States firm. He litigates, drafts animal-friendly legislation, oversees rescue operations, and consults clients who care for and protect animals. He has published two major works, the leading casebook for law schools nationwide -- Animal Law: Cases and Materials -- and a global survey of animal laws, A Worldview of Animal Law, the only global survey of animal law. Bruce also founded Project Chimps, a chimpanzee sanctuary that is home to chimpanzees retired from a research laboratory.

Bruce’s practice covers a broad range of animal-related legal issues -- including cases involving the use of animals in entertainment, biomedical research, animal agriculture/food production, animal cruelty, and wildlife control. He has a long history of wide-ranging “impact litigation,” but he also loves to work with individuals on cases involving dog bites, animal custody disputes, and injuries to, and caused by, animals. 

Bruce’s clients include numerous animal protection organizations as well as private individuals. He has worked on behalf of many species, including alpacas, bears, birds, cats, chickens, chinchillas, chimpanzees, cows, deer, dogs, dolphins, ducks, elephants, elk, ferrets, geese, goats, gorillas, horses (domestic and wild), lions, mice, monkeys, pigs, rabbits, sharks, turkeys, whales, and wolves.

First Admitted: 1992, California

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Representative Clients:
  • Front Range Equine Rescue
  • San Diego Humane Society
  • American Anti-Vivisection Society
  • San Francisco SPCA
  • Humane Society of the United States
Educational Background:
  • Columbia University School of Nursing, 1981
  • Cornell University, baccalaureate, 1979
Industry Groups:
  • animal control
  • animal shelters
  • Animal welfare organizations
  • Individual Clients
  • sanctuaries

Office location for Bruce A. Wagman

456 Montgomery St
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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