Bruce Nye is one of Adams | Nye’s founding partners. He is both a trial lawyer and a mediator. 

Litigation Practice: Bruce specializes in the management and trial of all kinds of complex civil litigation, and has successfully tried cases involving chemical exposure, product liability, machine design, breach of contract, government liability, and premises liability.

Bruce has practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977, has managed litigation throughout the United States and has tried cases in all nine Bay Area counties and much of the State of California. He has tried more than twenty-five cases to verdict. He has been part of a trial team that successfully won declaratory relief against the State of California under Proposition 65, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. In that matter, our firm’s client established that the chemical DEHP posed no significant risk of cancer to humans. He also successfully tried a multi-million dollar gender discrimination and sexual harassment case. He has acted as state-wide court-appointed liaison counsel in major unfair competition law litigation.

Proposition 65: Bruce devotes a substantial amount of his time to representing companies of all sizes and types in claims and litigation brought under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as Proposition 65. He has successfully defended companies, achieved cost-effective settlements and often provides compliance advice.

Mediation Practice: Effective May 1, 2016, Mr. Nye is offering his services as a mediator. Bruce brings to this practice a perspective that comes from decades of representing both plaintiffs and defendants, an ability to understand and empathize with complex and emotionally fraught problems and feelings, and a listening skill that has been repeatedly recognized over the years by clients and members of the bench. Bruce is available for mediating matters in litigation and many  non-litigation disputes such as internal employment and neighborhood disputes. Bruce has received certification for successfully completed training with renowned mediation trainers Steve Rosenberg and Forrest “Woody” Marsden. 

Other Information: Bruce is the publisher of, and a frequent blogger at CalBizLit where he provides current information and perspective about civil litigation in California. 

He  received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1973) and his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, University of California (1977), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and The Thurston Society.

Mr. Nye is admitted to practice in all California state courts, in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute (Environmental and Toxic Tort Committee).

After hours, Bruce is very active in his community. He is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and a founding member of Make Oakland Better Now!, a citizens advocacy group supporting public safety, public works, transparency and accountability and budget reform. He is also an active photographer.

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