Prior to the obtaining of his Bachelor of Laws Degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1984, Mr. Bruce was employed by the Federal Department of Transport for 12 years, working in various locations in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in Moncton, New Brunswick
Mr. Bruce was called to the Bar in 1985, and has been engaged full-time in the practice of law since then.
Mr. Bruce's practice focuses primarily on litigation, health care law, administrative law, labour law, and insurance law. Mr. Bruce has appeared in all levels of Court in Newfoundland and Labrador, Federal Tax Court, Federal Court Trial Division, and Federal Court of Appeal, as well as before many Administrative Tribunals and Boards in the province.
Mr. Bruce has extensive experience in all aspects of health care law issues, and continues to provide advice to a number of clients in the health care field. Mr. Bruce has been included in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the specialty of Health Care Law.
In the area of administrative law, Mr. Bruce has represented several professional regulatory boards with respect to the drafting of primary and subordinate legislation governing the activities of the groups in question, and continues to represent those associations/boards in all aspects of their activities. He provides advice and representation on an on-going basis with respect to disciplinary activities carried out by those regulatory bodies.
In the area of labour law, Mr. Bruce has been directly involved in negotiating and litigating labour law issues on behalf of employers, and also has been directly involved in negotiating collective agreements. He has presented in a variety of labour arbitration cases.
Mr. Bruce has litigation and file management experience in a wide range of insurance-related matters, including personal injury and property damage claims involving automobile and other types of insurance coverage, coverage disputes, and claims involving disability insurance issues.
Mr. Bruce has been a Member of the joint Law Society/Canadian Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee in the past, has presented to the Bar Admissions Course in Newfoundland, and has made presentations to various professional and employer organizations in the areas of employment law, labour law, human rights law, professional liability, officers’ and directors’ liability, and health care law.
Mr. Bruce has chaired the Discipline Committee of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Practice Rules Compliance Committee of the Law Society, the Education Committee of the Law Society, the Complaints Authorization Committee of the Law Society, and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Benchers and former President of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Bruce has chaired a local community residential centre, is past Chair of the Board of Directors for a local long-term residential centre, and has chaired the School Council for a local Senior High School. He is a former Commissioner of the St. John’s Transportation Commission.