Bruce is an economist and lawyer. He is the Chairman and Founder of Leppla Capital Management LLC (www.lepplacap.com), a registered investment advisory firm which is dedicated to supporting national secondary school financial education programs. Bruce is the former CEO and President of a San Francisco, California commercial bank which he sold at a substantial premium to a national bank. Bruce holds Juris Doctor and master’s degrees in economics from the University of California (Berkeley) and a B.A. in economics (magna cum laude) from Yale University. Bruce has been awarded 11 United States and international patents, including the foundational patent “A Method for Storing and Retrieving Digital Data Transmissions,” United States patent No. 5,659,746, issued August 19, 1997. He is a recipient of the fi360 Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation; a member of the Editorial Board of Wall Street Lawyer; and the author of numerous financial and securities litigation articles.
Bruce is a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP (www.lchb.com), the 2020 American Lawyer Boutique Litigation Law Firm of the Year. Bruce received a 2020 Antitrust Practice Institute litigation award and is recognized by peer review publication Best Lawyers as one of the 2022 Best Lawyers in America. Bruce was named by Lawdragon as one of 500 lawyers who are "the best in the nation -- many would say the world -- at representing plaintiffs in securities and other business litigation ...." Bruce represents public funds, private institutional investors and consumers in actions against Altria Corp., Purdue Pharma, Petrobras, American International Group, Merck, Celera Corp., Teva, Broadcom, McKesson, America Online, Qwest and many other cases. He is a member of the Union Internationale des Avocats and has served as the American Bar Association Litigation Section Chairman on International Corporate Governance Developments.
Bruce has been active in real estate ventures. In 1994, Bruce, with his partner Douglas Stitzel, and through a joint venture with Home Savings of America, acquired, developed and sold The Pacific Center, a 609,000 square foot multi-use real estate development at the corner of Fourth and Market Streets, San Francisco, California.
Bruce speaks in the U.S. and globally on improving financial literacy, securities and antitrust litigation developments and related legal, financial and valuation topics. He speaks regularly before the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Council of Institutional Investors, the Investment Company Institute and the National Association of Public Pension Plans, among many other organizations.
Bruce is the former Chairman of the non-profit San Francisco Chamber Singers, and currently serves on the Board and as CIO of the Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni Association.
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