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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 and Country Resort & Convention Center
Nov 30 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

  • Exhibitor networking
  • Legislative and case law updates
  • Attorney Q&A and round tables
  • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for
5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB). www.camicb.org

CAI Coachella Valley Board Leadership Development Workshop @ Palm Valley Country Club
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CAI Coachella Valley Board Leadership Development Workshop @ Palm Valley Country Club

Join attorney Dea C. Franck, Esq. at CAI Coachella Valley’s Board Leadership Development Workshop as she presents on rules and conflict resolution. Attorney David E. Bruce, Esq. will also be in attendance conducting a roundtable.

CAI Coachella Valley 2018 Awards & Monte Carlo Night
Jan 29 all-day
CAI Coachella Valley 2018 Awards & Monte Carlo Night

Join attorneys David E. Bruce, Esq., Dea C. Franck, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI Coachella Valley’s annual Monte Carlo Night.

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