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Nathaniel Bruno

San Francisco
T: 415.774.2984
F: 415.403.6095


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings, 2003, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Thurston Society
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2000, high distinction
  • Pacific Justice Institute in Sacramento
  • Bars
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Courts
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Northern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • District of the District of Columbia
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Nathaniel Bruno is an intellectual property litigator who represents innovative clients in the proactive protection of their inventions, creative content, brands, and strategic business advantages. His diligence and the quality of his legal representation have twice earned him the firm's Clients First Award. He also serves on the firm's Pro Bono Committee, leading numerous compassionate pro bono efforts.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Bruno's core litigation practice focuses on all intellectual property disciplines. He zealously prosecutes and defends patent, trademark, and copyright infringement matters, and trade secret misappropriation matters. Mr. Bruno also has broad experience in a variety of business litigation disciplines (including real estate, construction, white collar defense, and commercial) that contributes to his skill as a counselor and negotiator. He has achieved victories for clients through trial and various methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Bruno has been recommended as a "highly intelligent, hard working, and compassionate advocate who consistently achieves great results for his clients," and recognized for his "clear thought, depth of knowledge and efficient communication." He has also been described as having an "uncanny ability to put any client at ease no matter how difficult the circumstances may be."

Mr. Bruno has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, serving technology, entertainment and media, fashion, retail, manufacturing, construction, pharmaceutical, financial institution, and other business and commercial clients. Mr. Bruno additionally has expertise in counseling and representing religious organizations with respect to issues pertaining to their unique services and needs. His practice has included litigating intellectual property matters in federal district courts throughout the United States and in the International Trade Commission.

Mr. Bruno is active in pro bono service, having worked with programs organized or clients referred by the Children At Risk Committee of the San Diego Bar Association, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Public Counsel of Los Angeles, Children of the Night in Southern California, the Homeless Advocacy Project of San Francisco, and the Housing Negotiation Project of San Francisco. He successfully sued a criminal pimp in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit under California's civil human trafficking prevention statute. He also assists families in the adoption of children who need loving homes.

  • Blackstone Fellow, Alliance Defense Fund
  • Twice earned the firm's Clients First Award
  • Recipient of the firm's Above and Beyond Award for pro bono service for 2009
  • Named one of the "Ones to Watch" by Hastings magazine (Fall 2009)
  • Honored as an outstanding volunteer by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of San Francisco for pro bono service for 2009, 2010, and 2011
  • Recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California for 2009


Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Spoke on constitutional law topics pertaining to religious liberties at a San Diego event organized by the Alliance Defense Fund in 2004.
  • Spoke at the State Bar of California's 2005 Annual Meeting, where he participated in a continuing legal education group presentation regarding special motions to dismiss.
  • Addressed Bay Area Council scholars in 2010 regarding how to maintain a thriving work-life balance as a member of the legal profession.
  • Panel speaker at 2011 Mix & Match seminar regarding "Making Pro Bono Connections" organized by the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services.
  • City Council-appointed Commissioner, Citizens Advisory Commission for Bay Area (California) city, 2007-2010
  • City Council-appointed Commissioner, Library Commission for Bay Area (California) city, 1998-2003
  • Associate, J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court in San Diego (past)
  • Associate, San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (past)