Bruce has been a Partner at Schirott, Luetkehans & Garner, LLC since 2004. Bruce represents numerous governmental entities, where he attends meetings of public bodies and advises on meeting procedure, the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. He also regularly reviews procurement materials and contracts on behalf of the Firm’s clients.
Bruce has been lead litigation counsel on hundreds of commercial cases involving business disputes, real estate-related disputes, contractual disputes, evictions, foreclosures, and various other forms of commercial litigation in both state and federal court. Since 1998, Bruce has been a member of the federal court trial bar for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, which allows only those attorneys with sufficient trial experience into its bar. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants gives Bruce a broad background in commercial litigation that enables him to see the dimensions of a client’s problems and its potential solution.
In addition to his litigation practice, Bruce has extensive real estate and corporate transaction practices. Bruce represents and advises clients in virtually all aspects of commercial and industrial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, disposition, financing, leasing, development, and management of commercial and industrial real estate worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Bruce recently handled all negotiations and closings in the assemblage of property for the construction of a solid waste landfill in Northern Illinois. Bruce also represents individuals and corporate entities in corporate transactions and asset purchase agreements.
Bruce also represents clients in contested estate and probate matters as well as guardianships for both incompetent adults and minor children. Over the past 25 years of practice, Bruce has been appointed by Judges of the DuPage County Circuit Court as Guardian ad Litem in over 100 guardianship and adoption cases. In addition, he has spoken at multiple seminars on adoption law and the duties of a Guardian ad Litem within an adoption.
Bruce graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in History Education. He received his law degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1991. Bruce is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and before the federal courts in the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Bruce resides in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife and three children.