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Bruce MacLeod is a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of McKool Smith Hennigan. For 38 years, Bruce has handled a wide variety of complex litigation in diverse subject areas such as securities, minority shareholders rights, antitrust, unfair competition, environmental contamination of groundwater, the credit reporting industry, medical staff privileges, construction, breach of contract, employment discrimination, ERISA, franchise disputes, and personal injury. In the last 15 years, Bruce has most frequently represented buy-side clients (including municipal, life insurance, mutual fund, and hedge fund investors) as plaintiffs in litigation to recover losses resulting from major securities frauds.


Representative Matters

  • Orange County. Represented Orange County against Merrill Lynch and various government-sponsored entities (Fannie Mae, Sallie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks) to recover securities losses that caused the 1994 bankruptcy of Orange County.
  • Oaktree and Farallon. Represented two hedge funds against Gleacher NatWest to recover losses in the securities of a failed steel plant in Thailand.
  • Principal, Aegon, AIG, PIMCO, and Oaktree. Represented life insurers and investment funds in multiple actions against Wall Street investment banks to recover losses in securities issued by Enron and Enron-related special purpose vehicles.
  • Principal, Aegon, Allstate, Prudential, and John Hancock. Represented life insurers against Bank of America in multiple actions to recover losses in private placements of securities sponsored and guaranteed by Parmalat S.p.A.
  • Portfolio ,ismanagement cases. Represented diverse investors (such as a Taft-Hartley pension fund, a nonprofit hospital, and individuals) to recover securities losses against investment advisors/brokers for churning and other forms of portfolio mismanagement.
  • Robert Johnson M.D. Trial of an age discrimination case on behalf of an 80-year-old chief medical officer of a California prison. The one-month trial resulted in a verdict which is one the largest age discrimination and emotional distress verdict in history on behalf of a single individual, and also on behalf of the oldest plaintiff known to have obtained a verdict for age discrimination.
  • Hearst Corporation, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Francisco Newspaper Printing Company. Antitrust trial defending participants in the San Francisco Newspaper Joint Operating Agreement in the first case tried under the Newspaper Preservation Act. The three-month trial resulted in a defense verdict.
  • Butler v. Galli Homes Inc. Defense of an architecture firm in the trial of a construction defect case involving water infiltration throughout a residential development. The three-month trial resulted in a directed verdict for Bruce’s client.
  • Robert Mondavi. Three-month trial on behalf of minority shareholder Robert Mondavi resulting in the court-ordered involuntarily dissolution of the Charles Krug Winery for persistent fraud, mismanagement, and abuse of authority by the majority shareholders. The case and Bruce’s role was chronicled in Julia Flynn’s 2007 book, The House of Mondavi.


Rankings & Honors

  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Order of the Coif


J.D., cum laude, University of Chicago Law School, 1973

B.S., Finance, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1970

Court Admissions

  • State of California
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