Eric B. Bruce
is a Partner at Kobre & Kim LLP, a litigation specialist firm with more than 80 professionals, including former U.S. government lawyers, practicing in the firm's New York, London, Hong Kong, Washington DC, and Miami offices. Mr. Bruce is an experienced trial lawyer who is routinely called upon to represent clients in responding to U.S. government investigations in the United States, Europe, and Asia involving investigations concerning bribery/FCPA, antitrust, securities, tax, money laundering, IEEPA, and various other laws with international applications.
In July 2011, Mr. Bruce represented Pankesh Patel in the highly-publicized, eight week long "FCPA sting operation" in Washington DC. Mr. Bruce obtained a novel ruling regarding the government's assertion of expansive jurisdiction under the FCPA, which resulted in the Court entering a judgment of acquittal on certain charges. Mr. Bruce also sought and obtained a mistrial from the Court as to the remaining two charges against Mr. Patel when the jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Ultimately, the government dropped all charges against Mr. Patel. Upon dismissal of the charges, the judge acknowledged the "tireless and spirited efforts" of defense counsel and noted that "their hard work and effective advocacy are a testament to how strong our criminal defense bar is nationwide."
Prior to joining Kobre & Kim LLP, Mr. Bruce was Counselor to the Attorney General of the United States and advised the Attorney General each day on a wide range of matters including complex white-collar investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"), major counter-narcotics trafficking efforts, and national security and international matters, including terrorism and espionage cases.
Prior to his service with the Attorney General, Mr. Bruce served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice and advised the Assistant Attorney General on all national security issues arising out of the Division's criminal cases, including matters ranging from terrorism cases to insider trading cases to cases involving the unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
- University of Maryland School of Law, J.D.
- Lafayette College, B.A.