Patricia E. Bruce

Patricia E. Bruce: Attorney with Caulkins & Bruce, PC


Ms. Bruce focuses her practice primarily on business, corporate and property condition litigation; corporate and business law; association and cooperative law; and franchise law. She serves as general counsel to small and medium- sized businesses. Ms. Bruce has represented companies and individuals in litigation before state and federal courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Ms. Bruce has litigated breach of contract disputes; cases involving business torts, including fraud and conspiracy, tortious interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition claims; shareholder disputes; defamation cases; computer trespass cases; wrongful termination and employment disputes; and homeowner and condominium property condition disputes. Ms. Bruce also represents businesses as outside general counsel on a variety of matters including formation of corporations and limited liability companies; the purchase and sale of businesses and assets; contract preparation and review; lease review; and employment, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements. Ms. Bruce’s experience also includes advising franchisors and franchisees regarding franchise compliance, franchise law and franchise litigation. She has assisted companies in preparing franchise documents and state registrations and negotiating the purchase of franchises.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Business and Corporate Litigation
  • Property Condition Litigation
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Condominium Association Law
  • Homeowner Association Cooperative Law
  • Outside General Counsel Matters
  • Franchise Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
888-558-5799  Phone
703-558-3696  Phone
University Attended:
St. John's University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 1993
Year of First Admission:
2002, Virginia, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; 1995, District of Columbia; 1993, Florida

Virginia State Bar (Disciplinary Committee, Fourth District, Section 1, 2006 —; Vice Chair, 2010 —; Member, Antitrust, Franchise and Trade Regulation Section; Assistant Editor, Antitrust, Franchise and Trade Regulation Section, 2003-2006); Arlington County Bar Association (Co-Chair, Business Law Section, 2004-2006); Arlington County Bar Association Wills for Heroes Pro Bono Project (2003); American Bar Association.

Hobbies & interests:
Ms. Bruce has taught several continuing legal education courses including: The “New” New Business Rule in Virginia; The Virginia Consumer Protection Act: Does the Act Give Additional Remedies to Consumers?; The Arbitration Process: From Demand to Award; Basic Franchise Issues: Identifying and Understanding the Franchisor/Franchisee Relationship.
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