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University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1975
University of Missouri - Columbia, B.A., Political Science, 1970
State Courts of the State of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Top Texas Lawyer, Texas Monthly Super Lawyer Medical Malpractice 2013 –2023
Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent Peer Rating
American Jurisprudence Prize in Constitutional Law, 1975
Judge Roy W. Harper Prize for Best Work in Federal Courts, 1975
Russell Castile Scholarship, 1974 – 1975
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law (1987)
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law (1989).
State Bar of Texas
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Diplomate
SA-ABOTA Bylaws Committee, 2021, 2023
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
San Antonio Bar Association
Bexar County Medical Society and San Antonio Bar Association Medical-Legal Liaison Committee
Bruce is a Diplomate with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) having tried over a hundred cases to verdict in virtually every part of Texas. His practice focuses predominantly in the area of medical malpractice litigation; however, he has also tried many cases involving personal injury and handles commercial litigation. Since 2003 he has served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law teaching the Medical Malpractice Litigation course. Over the last 30 years Bruce has practiced primarily in Central and South Texas and has tried a number of dangerous medical malpractice cases in Laredo, winning almost all of them. Bruce also had the unique experience of receiving two unanimous defense verdicts in the same week.
Since February 2022, Bruce has taken six medical malpractice cases to trial in Bexar and Nueces County, Texas with his second chair, Brett Pattillo. Having been “grounded” during the Covid pandemic, he has enjoyed returning to the courtroom. Bruce and Brett look forward to trying many more cases together throughout the State of Texas.
After completing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Missouri, at Columbia, and a brief stint in the United States Navy, Bruce earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Law. He served on the school’s Law Review and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Prize in Constitutional Law, the Judge Roy W. Harper Prize for Best Work in Federal Courts, and the Russell Castile Scholarship.
Bruce was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1975 and clerked for a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals from 1975 – 1976. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal, Anti-Trust and Administrative Law Divisions of the Office of the Missouri Attorney General.
When his wife Cheryl completed her Ph.D. and was offered a position at the University of Texas in Austin, Bruce moved his practice to support her career. She reciprocated in 1990 when he was offered a position in San Antonio to work alongside George Brin. Dr. Anderson then joined the University of the Incarnate Word where she served as a Professor and as Dean of the School of Media and Design and Dean of the UIW Library. Bruce and his entire team joined Plunkett, Griesenbeck & Mimari in 2019 and in 2023 he formed the law firm of Mimari Anderson Cilfone & Watkins, PLLC.
Bruce served in the United States Navy as an Operations Officer (IWUWG-2) (Lt. J.G. USNR), from June 1970 through March 1972.
Bruce and Cheryl met at the University of Missouri and have been married for over 50 years. They both enjoy travelling and spending as much time as they can with their grandson Isaac.