Bruce concentrates his practice in criminal defense. He received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from North Dakota State University and graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota Law School in 1978.

Before joining the firm in 1989, Bruce spent several years as a prosecutor in the State's Attorney's office, Cass County, North Dakota, and as First Assistant Attorney General in the North Dakota Attorney General's office. His experience includes numerous jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts.

Bruce is a frequent speaker at seminars and meetings for lawyers, law enforcement and political subdivisions, and he organized a criminal defense section of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. He teaches at North Dakota State University and has written many articles and a book on criminal law. Bruce currently teaches criminal trial advocacy and criminal procedure at the University of North Dakota Law School.

Bruce is an active member of Hope Lutheran Church, ShareHouse, Inc., and former chairman of the North Dakota Horse Racing Commission. His wife, Roberta, sells real estate at Park Company. Bruce and Roberta have three children, Robert, Mitchell and Anna.

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense

Honors and Distinctions

Great Plains Super Lawyer®, Thomson/Reuters (2007-2016)

"The Best Lawyers in America," in Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and DUI/DWI, Woodward/White (1999-2016)

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated from Martindale-Hubbell

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America (2016)

Selected Best Attorney in "Best Of the Red River Valley", The Forum of Fargo Moorhead (2012-2014)

Admitted To Practice

North Dakota, 1978

U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 1985

U.S. Court of Appeals, 1993

Minnesota, 1994


Cass County Bar Association

State Bar Association of North Dakota

Minnesota State Bar Association