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David N. Bruce

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Seattle, WA

Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP
1425 4th Ave, Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-749-0500
Fax: 206-749-0600
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in Washington Since: 1985
Practice Areas: State, Local & Municipal, Business Litigation, Employment Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

David Bruce has practiced law in Seattle for over 20 years. After more than a decade in private practice and public service, he teamed with Jim Savitt in 1999 to found the firm that eventually became Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP.  Dave’s 20 years of experience in representing public entities have given him a unique ability to defend government entities and managers against all manner of challenges. He is a graduate of American University, summa cum laude, and Cornell Law School, magna cum laude. Dave began his career with the Perkins Coie firm.

About David N. Bruce

First Admitted: 1985, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Landslides: The Science, Changing Regulations, Risk Assessment in Public Policy and Proof in Litigation, Law Seminars International, presenter, 2014
  • Defense of Flooding Cases, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, presenter, 2011
  • When Disaster Strikes: What Will Your City Be Expected to Do and Defending Municipalities Against Disaster Related Claims, International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Conference, presenter, 2016
  • After the Slide – Post-Disaster Government Communications and Actions, Landslides in Washington CLE Conference, Law Seminars International, presenter, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
  • Washington State Bar Association


  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell (5.0 out of possible 5.0 peer review rating)
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2018
  • Selected as Benchmark Litigation "Litigation Star" for Washington, 2012, 2013
  • 10.0 Rating on
  • Named in Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers, 2013, 2015-2022, Chambers and Partners

Representative Clients

  • Baerwaldt v. City of Seattle, et al.  Defended challenge under Initiative-91 to agreement among the City of Seattle, King County and Chris Hansen’s ArenaCo regarding public financing for a new NBA basketball arena in Seattle; prepared and argued motion to dismiss on behalf of all defendants and obtained dismissal of all claims on ripeness grounds.
  • Pande Cameron v. Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, et al.  Defended inverse condemnation and constitutional claims arising from City of Seattle’s participation in regional transit authority construction project; obtained summary judgment on all claims; defended judgment on appeal and prevailed in the Ninth Circuit.
  • Lane v. Port of Seattle, et al.  Defended King County in class action alleging that acquisition of rail corridor for use in trail system exceeded governmental authority; obtained dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.
  • Otrubova v. City of Seattle.  Defended City against tort and inverse condemnation claims alleging damages caused by stormwater outfall; obtained summary judgment on some claims and complete defense verdict at jury trial on remaining claims; argued all results on appeal, and prevailed in Court of Appeals.
  • Alki Condominium Association v. City of Seattle.  Defended City against multi-million dollar landslide damage claims; obtained complete defense verdict at jury trial.
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Office Location for David N. Bruce

1425 4th Ave
Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98101

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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