Eric D. Bruce focuses his practice on wrongful death and serious personal injury cases. He moved to Florida from Baltimore, Maryland in 1979. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1989 with a BBA in Accounting. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992.
Service and advocacy activities were an active part of his law school career. These included the University’s Moot Court Board, Bar and Gavel Honor Society, American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Team, along with a clinical placement at the Attorney General’s Office handling criminal appeals. His law school career culminated with him being awarded the Roger Sorino Award for outstanding graduating student in service and leadership.
This record of service has continued since his admission to the Florida Bar in 1992. He served on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast two separate times. He has participated in reading programs in the public-school system while his children were in elementary school and has served on the SAC Committee at Miller Elementary School. He continued his involvement with the schools by coaching the high school mock trial team at Manatee High School for 15 years.
On the professional level, he served on the Board of the Manatee County Bar Association for several years, culminating with being President of the Association in 2009-2010. He has also served on committees with both the Florida Bar and the Florida Justice Association. Most recently he completed a 3-year term on the 12th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.
His professional career included almost 5 years as a sole practitioner, followed by 11 years at the Manatee County Clerk of Court handling child support cases, before joining the firm in 2009. He has attained an AV rating (highest possible) on Martindale Hubbell along with a superb 10.0 rating on AVVO.
On a personal level, physical fitness has been a continuing focus of his, including running in his first half marathon in 2019 and having completed 2 obstacle course races. You will often find him running or at the gym.