Bruce W. Leppla is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lieff Cabraser, the 2021 American Lawyer “Boutique Litigation Law Firm of the Year” and the 2021 Benchmark Litigation “California Plaintiff Firm of the Year.” Bruce is a recipient of a 2020 American Practice Institute litigation award, as well having been recognized by Best Lawyers (“the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession”) as one of the nation’s finest lawyers in its 2022 “Best Lawyers in America” publication. Bruce has been named by Lawdragon as “one of the nation’s best plaintiffs’ lawyers” in the area of financial fraud litigation. As Lawdragon put it, “These 500 lawyers are the best in the nation – many would say the world – at representing plaintiffs in securities and other business litigation, antitrust, whistleblower claims, and increasingly complex financial litigation and data privacy invasions.”
Bruce’s litigation experience includes representing public funds, private institutional investors and consumers in actions against Altria Corp., Purdue Pharma, Goldman Sachs, Petrobras, American International Group, Merck, Celera Corp., Teva, Broadcom, McKesson, America Online, Qwest, and many other cases. He evaluates, develops and litigates securities fraud and antitrust cases, assists in expert witness matters as they relate to accounting issues, and manages with his partners the settlement of cases that involve corporate finance matters. He is a member of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), and has served as the ABA Litigation Section Chairman on International Corporate Governance Developments.
Bruce served as the CEO and President of San Francisco-based Redwood Bank from 1984 to 1998, which he sold in 1999 to a national bank at a substantial premium. Bruce has also served as a Director of the California Bankers Association, and as a Guest Lecturer on real estate finance and law at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
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 is the Chairman of Leppla Capital Management LLC (www.lepplacap.com), a registered investment advisory firm which is dedicated to supporting national secondary school financial education programs, and holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of California (Berkeley) and a B.A. in economics (magna cum laude) from Yale University. He 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. Bruce is a recipient of the fi360 Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Wall Street Lawyer and the author of numerous securities litigation and financial articles.
Bruce speaks frequently in the United States and globally on financial literacy, securities and antitrust litigation developments, IP valuation and related topics. He speaks regularly before the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, the Council of Institutional Investors, the Investment Company Institute, 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 the Finance Chairman of the Yale Whiffenpoof Alumni Association.