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Bruce J. Berman

Bruce J. Berman



Bruce Berman focuses his nationwide practice on large and complex commercial disputes in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and in domestic and international arbitration tribunals. He represents U.S. and international clients in cases spanning a wide range of substantive law, including aviation, corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, health law, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, and unfair competition), and real estate and commercial lending (real estate, asset-based and lease financing).

A legal scholar and author of a leading state treatise, Berman’s Florida Civil Procedure (published annually by West), Bruce has been recognized by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar by long-term appointment to numerous committees, including the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, and the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee.

Bruce has been recognized as a leading lawyer, internationally, nationally, and locally, by, among others, Chambers USA (for commercial litigation, since first issuing Florida rankings), the National Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers (for Florida Business Litigation), Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, and Florida Super Lawyers, in addition to being selected for biographical reference in Who’s Who in the WorldWho’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.

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  • Defending a national insurer of sellers’ financial representations and warranties in multiple post-acquisition arbitration cases initiated by strategic and investment purchasers.
  • Defeated class certification in a $1.5 billion post-merger securities litigation.
  • Defended a European aircraft manufacturer in product liability litigation in state and federal courts in the United States arising from fatal accidents in general aviation.
  • Co-counsel in hospital’s defense of billion-dollar qui tam litigation over alleged Stark Law violations.
  • Represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in a bankruptcy case arising out of the failure and seizure of the largest state bank in Florida, at an estimated cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund in excess of $5 billion.
  • Represented the buyer in a lawsuit between two public companies over the consummation of a $1.2 billion acquisition.
  • Represented a major European manufacturer in the mediation of an international arbitration dispute arising out of a successful joint bid for a $7 billion U.S. government aviation contract.
  • Represented a major Florida hospital center and special taxing district, in multiple litigation, as special counsel for sovereign immunity issues.
  • Defended federal and state RICO and common law fraud claims in major class action litigation over one of the largest Ponzi schemes in the Southeast.
  • Defended health care insurers in class action litigation by medical service providers challenging reimbursements.
  • Defended a public company against a $20 million earnout claim following the client's acquisition of a smaller public company based on a prior acquisition by the target company.
  • Litigated the right of a joint venturer to sue its former partner/purchaser of the assets of a major aircraft company in bankruptcy after final approval of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan approving the sale.
  • Coordinated, prosecuted, and defended tens of millions of dollars of payor-provider claims in multiple, related arbitration proceedings before tribunals of the American Health Lawyers and American Arbitration Associations.
  • Represented the parent company of one of the largest cruise lines in the world in defense of a $17 million claim by Israeli and New York brokers arising out of a hostile acquisition in Europe.


  • Most Effective Lawyers Award, Appellate, Daily Business Review (2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2013–2020)
  • The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers (2014, 2018)
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine (2011)
  • Chambers USA (2007–2018)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2009–2019)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, National Corporate Counsel Edition (2010)
  • Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in AmericaWho's Who Legal – Aviation, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar 
    • Standard Jury Instructions Committee — Civil Cases (2000–2007) 
    • Former Chair, Civil Procedure Rules Committee (1984–2004) 
    • Former Chair, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee (1988–2002)
  • Florida Supreme Court
    • Supreme Court Workgroup on Public Records (2000–2001) 
    • Court Reporter Certification Planning Committee (1995–1998)
  • Feeding South Florida
    • President (2008–2010)
    • Board of Directors (2008–2011)
  • Miami-Dade County Circuit Court
    • Former Member, Ad Hoc Trial Practices and Procedures Committee 
  • Miami-Dade Beacon Council
    • Aviation Committee
  • New World Symphony
    • Former Community Board Member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Departures From the American Rule on Attorney’s Fees," Annual Florida Chapters Conference, The Federalist Society, Lake Buena Vista, FL (February 2, 2018)
  • “Civil Procedure," Civil Trial Law Certification Review Course, The Florida Bar (2009, 2011)
  • “International Discovery,” International Litigation and Arbitration Update, The Florida Bar, Miami, FL (2006)
  • Bruce has lectured to the state court trial bench on issues of jurisdiction and venue as part of the faculty of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges.


  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1972)
  • Columbia University (MBA, 1972)
  • Williams College (B.A., 1968)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • Florida State Courts


  • Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Miami, FL
  • Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Miami, FL


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