Member Information

James A. Bruen

197 Oak Knoll Loop
Walnut Creek, CA94596

Jim Bruen earned his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and his law degree from Stanford University. Immediately after graduation, he worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. Between 1970 and 1977, he was a Criminal Division Assistant US Attorney (AUSA), then a Civil Division AUSA and finally Chief of the Civil Division in the Office of the United States Attorney for the N.D. CA. He left to become an environmental counselor and trial lawyer, as well as a domestic/international product steward, in the San Francisco firms of Landels, Ripley & Diamond and thereafter Farella Braun + Martel. He was inducted into the original class of the ACOEL in 2008. He served as the Region 9 Membership Committee chairman and thereafter became Secretary of the ACOEL in 2014/15, President-Elect of the ACOEL in 2015/16 and President of the ACOEL in 2016/17. He became President of the ACOEL Foundation in 2017/18. He currently serves as a Member of the ACOEL Executive Committee, as Chair of the ACOEL International Pro Bono Committee (since 2013) and has been an on-going officer of the ACOEL Foundation since it began operations. He has also served as an interviewer in ACOEL videotaped programs for the college’s archives and college Education Committee “pivotal moments” series.


EPA Region:
Region 9 - (AZ, CA, HI, NV, and certain territories)
Year of induction:
B.A. Cum Laude Claremont McKenna College, J.D. Stanford Law School
Court Admissions:
All CA US District Courts, 9th Cir., 10th Cir., US Tax Court, US Court of Claims and U.S. Supreme Court as well as pro hac vice in various US District Courts across the country.
Professional Societies and Organizations:
ACOEL, ACOEL Foundation, Earth X Law Advisory Board
Illustrative Projects:
Lead trial counsel in multi-billion-dollar environmental lawsuits including State-of-New Mexico-v-GE-et al, Newman et al. v. (Various Named Stringfellow Waste Disposal Site Generators) Lead or co-lead trial counsel in other significant environmental, mass toxic tort cases and mass pharmaceutical products defects cases Counsel to certain DOE national laboratories Remediation counsel to certain Fortune 100 companies Domestic/international product steward for various apparel and consumer electronics products companies.