Carol Elder Bruce - K&L Gates

Carol Elder Bruce

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 202-778-9426

Carol Elder Bruce is a litigator whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Ms. Bruce represents individuals and corporations in criminal grand jury investigations, and in criminal and civil trials and appeals. She also represents clients in hearings and proceedings before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, in administrative proceedings within federal agencies, and in the conduct of internal corporate investigations. Ms. Bruce also advises companies on the creation and maintenance of effective corporate compliance and ethics programs. Ms. Bruce has been in private practice for more than 20 years, where she has been lead counsel in many white collar criminal investigations, civil and criminal trials, and congressional investigations. Ms. Bruce also has extensive civil litigation experience in complex commercial disputes and other matters, including significant class action experience wherein she has managed or has held a lead counsel role on both sides of such law suits.

Clients not only benefit from Ms. Bruce's experience, but also from the importance she places on guarding her clients' confidences, reputation, and privacy, particularly in high-visibility, high-stakes cases. Clients also benefit from her national reputation as a trial lawyer. In the the past five years several lawyer ranking services ranked her as being one of the best white collar criminal defense attorneys and commercial civil litigators in the District of Columbia and in the United States.

Ms. Bruce has been appointed to a number of public service positions in her career. She recently served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics in the investigation of matters concerning Senator John Ensign. Earlier, Ms. Bruce served as the Independent Counsel appointed by a special panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to investigate matters concerning Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. She previously served as the Deputy Independent Counsel in the investigation of matters concerning Attorney General Edwin Meese and also was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for 10 years, where she was lead counsel in more than 115 jury trials and managed the grand jury investigations and presentations of more than 100 additional cases.

Ms. Bruce is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, where she served for two years as Chair of the College's International Committee (2005-2007). She serves on the Honorary Board of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (2004 to date) and served on the George Washington University Law School Dean's Board of Advisors (2002 to 2012). Ms. Bruce also is a charter member of and Master in the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court and is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

George Washington UniversityBA 1971George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D. 1974

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Office Location

1601 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1600
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar