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Senior Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Civil Litigation
Developer Transition


San Francisco State University, 1991
New College of California, School of Law, 1995

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
United States Air Force (enlisted)
United States Army (commissioned)


David Bruce received his B.A. in international relations from San Francisco State University in 1991 and his J.D. from New College of California, School of Law in 1995. David worked for more than four years at the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) as both a Deputy Commissioner reviewing the filings of developers in connection with his issuance of Public Reports and as a Real Estate Counsel disciplining licensees and developers in administrative law hearings on behalf of the DRE. He then worked for a major national homebuilder as an in-house counsel where he was responsible for all legal affairs for the homebuilder’s Central Valley and Inland Empire areas of operations during the real estate boom years of the early to late 2000s. There, he worked on all aspects of real estate development including drafting and negotiating land contracts and creating all of the legal documents required for the start-up of associations, including the governing documents and other ancillary agreements between a developer and an association. He also reviewed and approved condominium plans and association budgets.

Prior to joining Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC, David was in solo practice where, in addition to working on various real estate matters, he represented both employers and employees in employment law disputes. He testified as an expert witness concerning the application of the Subdivided Lands Law, was an advisor for the CEB Practice Book, Forming California Common Interest Developments and is the author of the “State Regulation of Common Interest Subdivision Sales” chapter within the CEB Practice Book.

David is a veteran of the United States Air Force (enlisted) and United States Army (commissioned).

Events & Speaking Engagements

Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town & Country Hotel
Dec 1 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Legislative Updates, New Case Law, Current Issues & Trends,
Social Media, Next Door & Neighbor-to-Neighbor Issues, Two Truths and a Lie: Fact vs. Fiction
Exhibitor Networking, Attorney Q&A and/or Attorney Roundtable Discussions

Breakfast and lunch is provided.

Our 2017 San Diego and Coachella Valley Legal Symposia are CACM-approved for 2 CEUs and CAI approved for 5 CE credits (www.camicb.org).

CAI Coachella Valley 2017 Awards & Monte Carlo Night
Jan 26 all-day
CAI Coachella Valley 2017 Awards & Monte Carlo Night

As a sponsor of this event, we hope you will join us.

EG&H Attendees: Tiffany Christian, David E. Bruce, Esq., Dea C. Franck, Esq.

Desert Dialogues: Developer Transitions & Indian Land Leases @ City of Rancho Mirage Public Library Conference Room
Jun 6 @ 3:00 am – 4:30 am
Desert Dialogues: Developer Transitions & Indian Land Leases @ City of Rancho Mirage Public Library Conference Room

A series of presentations on community association legal issues unique to our desert communities.

Coachella Valley associations are confronted with challenges unlike those found elsewhere—lifestyle, demographics, infrastructure and facilities all evolve differently in our historical and physical environment. At Epsten Grinnell & Howell, our perspective and understanding of these issues has been shaped by years of local presence.

Attend these FREE events with Epsten Grinnell & Howell’s attorneys, who will share their insights on legal challenges of particular concern to our Valley’s community associations.

Speakers: David E. Bruce, Esq. and Dea C. Franck, Esq

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