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Michael D. Bruno


(415) 875-3126
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San Francisco
315 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94111


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1993

  • Recipient, Emery Law Scholarship

B.A., Political Science, University of California Los Angeles, 1990


Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Litigation - Labor and Employment (2018-2024)

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Employment Litigation Defense and Civil Rights/First Amendment (2006, 2009-2023, Law & Politics)

Top 50 Employment Defense Lawyers in California (Daily Journal, 2010)

Top 75 Labor & Employment Lawyers in California (Daily Journal, 2011)

Top Employment Defense Practices in Northern California (The Recorder, 2012)


Recently elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Michael D. Bruno is a 30-year litigation and trial practice partner at GRSM, where he serves as the Practice Group Leader of the Employment Law practice group for the Bay Area. Michael represents both private and public entities in employment matters, focusing his practice on defending management against wage and hour class action, discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims. Michael has handled employment cases in both state and federal trial courts, as well as in connection with administrative agencies like the CRD (formerly the DFEH), EEOC, DOL, NLRB, and OSHA.  On the traditional labor side, Michael represents academic hospitals and international shipping companies when union disputes go to arbitration.

Michael represents universities, in particular their medical and law schools, against claims that the schools have dismissed students, including medical residents, unfairly. He also represents private businesses accused of failing to provide fair and equal access for patrons and visitors with disabilities.

Michael has tried cases successfully before state and federal court juries. Appearing in California's appellate courts, he has drafted and argued successful oppositions to appeals of his favorable decisions in the trial courts.

In addition to his regular practice, from 2000 to 2011, Michael served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with regular teaching responsibilities at the University of California's, UC College of the Law, San Francisco, formerly Hastings College of the Law.


  • California


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • California State Bar, Labor and Employment Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
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