Bruce G. Vanyo is co-head of Katten's Securities Litigation and Enforcement practice and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Prior to joining Katten, Bruce was chairman of the Securities Litigation Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for 22 years.
Bruce maintains active practices in the firm's New York and Century City offices. He has been called the "Dean of Securities Litigation" by many of his peers, and in his more than 40 years of practice has defended more major securities cases—well over 300—than many other lawyers in the country. Bruce has represented some of the most prominent US companies, including The Boeing Company, Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, Genentech and Bank of America, and has a strong record of success, winning more than 80% of his cases at the pleading stage during the last 17 years while settling the others.
Bruce's national practice consists of defending securities class actions and derivative litigation, representing clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission and assisting board committees in conducting internal investigations. His clients have come from industries including technology, life sciences, aviation, film, banking, mining, real estate and insurance, with headquarters in more than 20 different states as well as in the UK, Israel, China and Kazakhstan.
Bruce has pioneered much of the securities law that has been favorable to defendants. When the technology industry was besieged by class actions, he was tapped to lead its securities litigation reform efforts, creating and drafting for Congress the pleading and safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
In 2017, Bruce was selected by Legal 500 as one of 25 attorneys honored as the Leading Lawyers in Securities Litigation, stating that he is "a top-notch strategist whose reputation as an ethical and fair defense lawyer is invaluable."
Bruce has been described as a "towering figure in securities litigation," having earned his reputation through a "remarkable skill set and an understated but authoritative demeanor" (Chambers USA). His colleagues in the defense bar have said publicly that he "comes up with new and novel arguments that other lawyers don't see" and that "he doesn't just think about the move he's about to make and the likely response—he's five steps ahead." A prominent plaintiff's lawyer publicly described Bruce as having "compassion not only for the CEO or CFO but also the employees of the company and concern about what the future of the company is going to be."
Bruce handled securities fraud, antitrust and other complex litigation at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen from 1974 to 1984. While practicing law full time, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Securities Regulation at Hastings College of Law. He also served as a law clerk for Judge William H. Timbers of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.