Image: News page banner
Bruce  Cleeland

Bruce Cleeland

Senior Partner
Orange County
2030 Main Street
Suite 1525
Irvine, CA 92614
  • NEWS
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Experience

Mr. Cleeland is the Managing Partner of Haight Brown & Bonesteel’s Orange County office. He is a member of the Product Liability, Professional Liability, Construction Law and Business Solutions Practice Groups. He has significant trial experience in State and Federal Courts having answered ready for trial on more than 240 occasions. Trials include product liability, professional liability, commercial and business disputes, construction defect and unique statutory scheme violations. Recognizing that a very small percentage of cases actually go to trial, Mr. Cleeland emphasizes problem resolution of matters throughout case handling, including pre-litigation activity.

Mr. Cleeland has prosecuted and defended claims of:

  • software ownership
  • copyright infringement
  • trade secrets
  • breach of contract
  • sales of businesses
  • employment claims
  • professional liability
  • mobile home residency law claims
  • personal injury
  • product liability
  • construction defect

Mr. Cleeland also has experience handling medical malpractice claims. He has represented cosmetic surgeons, OB-GYNs, hospitals, nursing facilities and medical product manufacturers. He has obtained defense verdicts and otherwise successfully handled numerous professional negligence matters.

Mr. Cleeland’s experience also includes representing and successfully defending contractors and various trades in construction defect litigation.

Community Involvement

Past Member, Board of Directors for the Orange County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Presentation by Bruce Cleeland
December 20, 2011


Pepperdine University School of Law (JD, 1981)

California State Polytechnic University (BA, 1976)

California State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Trial Law Institute

Diversity Law Institute

Barrister, Order of Juris, LCA

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2024

Best Lawyers in America© 2021-2024

Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America