Bruce Knows the System

After spending decades representing doctors and insurance companies, Bruce switched sides and now uses his knowledge to help injured people.

Bruce began his law practice in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1980, where he primarily defended doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. Bruce moved to Raleigh with his family in 1987 and continued his defense practice until joining Joe Knott in 1997, representing injured persons in personal injury cases, in the areas of hospital and medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and abuse and significant motor vehicle crashes and state and federal tort claims. He also assists people and businesses when their insurance companies fail to pay claims as they should, primarily in property and casualty claims, including “bad faith” litigation. Bruce has experience in workplace injuries (workers’ compensation) from the perspective of both the injured worker and the employer/insurance company.

Bruce has over 30 years of experience trying cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the state and federal courts throughout West Virginia and North Carolina. He has been the lawyer for injured people and their families in lawsuits in Virginia and Tennessee. In addition to trial work, Bruce has represented clients on appellate matters in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of North Carolina, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia. He has appeared in the North Carolina Industrial Commission on behalf of individuals and companies in both workers’ compensation and State tort claim litigation.

Born in Beech Grove, Indiana, and raised in Indianapolis, Bruce received his B.A. degree, cum laude, with honors, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and his law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Bruce is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars on various aspects of trial practice, civil procedure, ethics and personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Wake County and North Carolina Bar Associations, the West Virginia State Bar, the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He has served on several committees of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association, has a Peer Review Rating of AVĀ®PreeminentTM and has been selected as an outstanding lawyer by Super Lawyer rating service.

Bruce and his wife Susanne, a registered nurse, have four children and live in Raleigh. In addition to spending time with his family, Bruce’s interests include reading, photography, swimming, skiing, hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. He is actively involved in his church and other faith-based organizations and coached a local high school swim team for years. He also volunteers his time as a mentor in downtown Raleigh, helping children with Language Arts. Bruce currently serves on the board of Neighbor2Neighbor, an inner-city outreach ministry based in downtown Raleigh.

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia 1980
  • North Carolina 1988

Education

  • Vanderbilt University
    • Nashville, Tennessee
    • B.A. in History and Psychology (cum laude, with honors in History) , 1977
  • Southern Methodist University
    • Dallas, Texas
    • J.D., 1980

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar (inactive)
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice

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