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Bruce A. Wagman

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Top Rated Animal Law Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
456 Montgomery St, 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-275-8540
Fax: 415-275-8551
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Animal Law (90%), Appellate (10%)
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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.

About Bruce A. Wagman

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

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Office Location for Bruce A. Wagman

456 Montgomery St
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Last Updated: 4/14/2021

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