David N. Bruce
Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Seattle, WA
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: http://www.sbwllp.com/our-lawyers/david-n-bruce/
- 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
- 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 Avvo.com
- Named in Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers, 2013, 2015-2022, Chambers and Partners
- 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.
Last Updated: 5/15/2022