Professional Biography

Bruce V. Spiva Partner

Member, Firmwide Executive Committee



Bruce V. Spiva has tried cases, conducted arbitrations and argued appeals in such areas as congressional redistricting, civil rights, First Amendment law, securities and antitrust. In his representation of businesses and associations, Bruce handles a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration matters, including antitrust, class actions, contracts, securities, partnership disputes and insurance coverage cases.

In addition to his trial practice, Bruce has written and contributed to briefs to the United States Supreme Court, and has argued appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in nationwide class action lawsuits. He has litigated consumer protection and housing discrimination matters, and brought a case on behalf of a sexual assault survivor that led to the recent overhaul of police and hospital response procedures in D.C.

Bruce has published, spoken and testified on antitrust, voting rights and other issues. He has served as the chair of the board of directors of DC Vote and as co-chair of the D.C. Bar Litigation Section Steering Committee. He testified before the U.S. Congress in favor of the proposed D.C. Voting Rights Act, a bill that would have given residents of D.C. a voting representative in Congress. Bruce currently serves on the advisory boards of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and the American Antitrust Institute. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the D.C. Bar Foundation.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Bruce headed his own law firm and was a partner at another national law firm.

Professional Recognition

  • Honored as Champion of Democracy by D.C. Vote
  • Recognized as a Super Laywer by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2018

Professional Leadership

  • DC Vote, Board, Former Chair
  • D.C. Bar Litigation Section Steering Committee, Former Co-Chair
  • Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Advisory Board
  • American Antitrust Institute, Advisory Board
  • D.C. Bar Foundation, Board of Directors


  • Hon. Jerome Farris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit





Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • California
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1992,

    Editor and Treasurer, Harvard Law Review

  • Yale University, B.A., 1988