From January 2018 to the present, Bruce has been a Partner in Searby LLP, a law firm with offices in Washington, DC and Cleveland, OH. Bruce provides defense representation in matters under criminal investigation, as well as counsel to companies and individuals in complying with the provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other federal laws. Bruce also works as an advisor to an environmental policy shop on rule-of-law issues.
From 2016 to 2017, Bruce was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section in Washington, DC, in a unit prosecuting FCPA cases. He investigated and successfully charged corrupt conduct, as well as worked with foreign and domestic law enforcement agencies towards repatriating corruption proceeds to victims.
From 2011 to 2016, Bruce was Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in Washington, DC. He represented corporate and individual clients in FCPA and corruption-related internal investigations, responded to and defended against enforcement and sanctions proceedings, designed and implemented compliance programs, conducted transactional anti-corruption diligence, and structured third-party relationships.
From 2002 to 2011, Bruce was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. Bruce specialized in investigating and trying corruption cases. He successfully prosecuted U.S. individuals for bribery in Thailand, resulting in the seizure of millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains. He brought the first-ever charge against a bribe-taking former official for international promotion money laundering (a theory since used in other DOJ cases). Bruce received the Director’s Award from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys for an investigation and trial of a corrupt local mayor.
From 1997 to 2001, Bruce worked at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles as an associate. He worked on securities cases (including the suit against Merrill Lynch over the massive 1994 Orange County bankruptcy), other civil litigation, and white-collar crime matters involving the FCPA and export-control statutes.
From 1995 to 1996, Bruce clerked for the Hon. A. Wallace Tashima on the United States District Court for the Central District of California and then, upon the judge’s elevation, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Bruce has spoken at events sponsored by ABA White Collar Crime Institute, The World Bank, Transparency International, the American Society of International Law, the Wharton School of Business, and the Thai National Anti-Corruption Commission. He taught a course for foreign law enforcement on anti-corruption investigation at the CEELI Institute in Prague.
Barred in California and D.C., Bruce is a graduate of Princeton University (magna cum laude) and University of Michigan Law School (Michigan Law Review and Order of the Coif).