David Nelson Bruce

David Nelson Bruce: Attorney with Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP
  • Partner at Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP (12 Attorneys)
  • Joshua Green Building, 1425 Fourth Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98101-2272
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  • Dave’s 25-plus years of litigating in both the public sector and in private practice have allowed him to handle nearly every type of case. His record of success both in trial and on appeal demonstrates his ability to identify and communicate his client’s winning argument.
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    5.0/5.0 (11)
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Biography

Dave's 25-plus years of litigating in both the public sector and in private practice have allowed him to handle nearly every type of case. His record of success both in trial and on appeal demonstrates his ability to identify and communicate his client's winning argument.

Before establishing Savitt Bruce & Willey with Jim Savitt in 1999, Dave served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Seattle, in the Civil Division, and before that tried criminal cases as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County. Dave began his career at the Perkins Coie firm. He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the Cornell Law School.

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Contract Litigation
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Government Risk Management
  • Governmental Liability
  • Local Government Liability
  • Landslides and Subsidence
  • Municipal Defense
  • Civil Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(206) 749-0500  Phone
(206) 749-0600  Fax
www.sbwllp.com/our-lawyers/david-n-bruce
University Attended:
American University, School of International Service, B.A., summa cum laude, 1981
Law School Attended:
Cornell Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985
Year of First admission:
1985
Admission:
Ohio (inactive); U.S. Court of Appeals; 1985, Washington; U.S. District Court; U.S. District Court; U.S. District Court
Memberships:
Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys; Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington; Washington State Bar Association.
Reported Cases:
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.

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.

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.

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.

Alki Condominium Association v. City of Seattle. Defended City against multi-million dollar landslide damage claims; obtained complete defense verdict at jury trial.

Davis et al. v. City of Seattle, et al. Defended Superintendent of Seattle City Light against sex and gender discrimination claims under state law and equal protection claims under federal law; obtained dismissal of all claims by summary judgment.

In the Matter of Christine O. Gregoire, et al. Conducted investigation of claims of ethical violations asserted against Attorney General.

Streeter & Associates v. Largo. Defended breach of contract claims; developed and prosecuted counterclaims for architectural malpractice; obtained dismissal of all claims against client, settlement in client's favor, and substantial award of attorneys' fees incurred.

Correa v. City of Seattle. Defended City against retaliation and employment discrimination claims; obtained dismissal of all claims by summary judgment.

SigmaTek v. Dixon. Prosecuted trade secret and non-compete claims against former employee; obtained preliminary injunction following evidentiary hearing and then favorable settlement.

Valley Medical Center Governance Issues. Undertook detailed analysis of possible conflicts issues for publicly-owned hospital, and prepared a conflict of interest policy for the Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees.

Mystic Ltd. v. Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Prosecuted breach of contract and Robinson-Patman claims against major paper manufacturer; obtained favorable settlement.

ISLN:
908726569

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (11)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 02/02/15 in Civil Litigation on 02/02/15

    David Bruce is exteremely competent and experienced. I endorse his abilities without reservation.

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    David Bruce is exteremely competent and experienced. I endorse his abilities without reservation.

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 01/27/15 in Civil Litigation on 01/27/15

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Government Counsel on 01/08/15 in Litigation on 01/08/15

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a General Counsel on 01/08/15 in Business Litigation on 01/08/15

    David is an outstanding lawyer and an excellent legal advisor. He demonstrates true professionalism and honor in his handling of sensitive legal matters. I highly recomme...

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    David is an outstanding lawyer and an excellent legal advisor. He demonstrates true professionalism and honor in his handling of sensitive legal matters. I highly recommend him.

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 01/04/15 in Litigation on 01/04/15

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 01/02/15 in Litigation on 01/02/15

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Government Counsel on 01/02/15 in Litigation on 01/02/15

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/31/14 in Commercial Litigation on 12/31/14

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Member on 12/31/14 in Commercial Litigation on 12/31/14

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  • David Nelson Bruce

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 12/31/14 in Commercial Litigation on 12/31/14

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