The national legal correspondent for a major network called Bruce “a well-known New Jersey lawyer with an excellent reputation for creative litigation,” and a former White House counsel noted that Bruce is “a seasoned and able litigator.”
Bruce has achieved many accolades for his trial expertise including being named a Top 10 Superlawyer many years, included in the New Jersey Personal Injury Hall of Fame, and named Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in New York City and Best Lawyers in New York Metropolitan area. The New Jersey Law Journal recently named him with the highest tort settlement of 2016, and also awarded him distinguished leader of the bar. In addition to his extensive experience in the trial courts throughout the country, Bruce has appeared 10 times before the New Jersey Supreme Court and has molded the law of torts, medical malpractice, class actions, and consumer fraud and trial practice. He has also successfully argued a landmark case before the Supreme Court of Delaware (en banc) in a case involving a failed corporate acquisition.Bruce represents a broad range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, sports and entertainment figures, and the guy next door
-$225 Million settlement, including $52 million in legal fees, on behalf of the State of New Jersey in natural resource damage litigation against Exxon-Mobil. Bruce co-counselled this landmark litigation for over 7 years and established strict liability for damages to the habitat. This is one of the largest settlements in New Jersey history and is the second largest fee award in New Jersey history.
-Settlements and Verdicts of over $300 million in complex personal injury and medical malpractice actions, including the recent $18.5 Million Medical Malpractice settlement, cited by the New Jersey Law Journal as the largest tort settlement of 2015-16.
-Successful defense of class actions filed in New York and California against manufacturer of Quick-Trim Weight Loss System® and the Kardashians claiming interalia deceptive advertising and seeking tens of millions in damages. Bruce negotiated a nationwide class action settlement and successfully argued the California appeal which rejected the objectors’ challenge to the settlement.-Recovery of over $50 million in wrongful birth actions including failure to detect genetic diseases including Tay-Sachs, Canavans, Nieman-Pick, Wolf-Hirschorn, Trisome 18.
-Landmark class actions against Horizon, Aetna and AmeriHealth establishing medical coverage for eating disorders as biologically based mental disorders and the payment of millions in denied claims. Over 3.5 million class members benefitted by these settlements. The federal judge who approved these settlements observe that Nagel Rice provided class members with “very valuable relief” and the firm represented the “lofty side” of class action practice. Drazin v. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, 832 F. Supp. 432 (D.N.J. 2011).
-Court appointed lead or co-lead counsel in class actions, including numerous multi-district litigations throughout the country involving claims in excess of $5 billion.
-$16 Million Jury Verdict against a division of Goldman Sachs on behalf of a former CEO of a major telecom company for breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of variable life insurance policies.
-Court appointed member of settlement committee in multi-district litigation pending in Louisiana involving the drug Taxotere. In re Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No.: 2740
-Confidential settlement against the company that provided security services for the Short Hills Mall in case involving the carjacking wrongful death of a mall patron.Published Works
-"The Evolving Torts of Wrongful Life and Wrongful Birth,", New Jersey Lawyer, October, 1997 -"Deduction for Taxes in Valuing Professional Practices: Avoiding the 'Triple Whammy,", New Jersey Family Lawyer, Volume X, No. 4, May, 1990 -"Individual Contract Rights For Union Employees--How Far Will The Court Stretch Woolley?", New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law, Vol. XI., No. 4, 1988 -"Critical Pattern Requirement Under RICO", (Co-Author), New Jersey Law Journal, September 1, 1988 -Exxon Mobil Created Public Nuisance 9-15-08, New Jersey Law Journal, Sep. 15, 2008 -News 4, Teen Bares Her Battle with Anorexia, How She Won, June 6, 2008 -Attorney Devoted to Law and Order, The Sunday Star Ledger, April 20, 2008 -Griggs Settlements: Dead or Alive?, New Jersey Law Journal, April 18, 2008 -Lawsuit Alleges Montville Student was Cyber-Bullied, The Star Ledger, Nov. 29, 2007 -The New Jersey Super Lawyers, Bruce Nagel Isn't Afraid to Shake Things Up 2007-$2.7M Verdict Ends Hartz Mountain's Long, Uphill Battle, New Jersey Law Journal, May 29, 2006-Health Care Law, Small Board Contemplates Big Changes for Out of Network Providers, Dec. 12, 2005