Nathaniel Bruno

Nathaniel Bruno serves as senior counsel for Allied Legal Affairs with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Bruno handles case referrals nationwide to the Alliance Defending Freedom network of attorney allies and facilitates various ADF trainings and educational events, all in order to continue growing an alliance of attorneys and organizations devoted to preserving religious freedom.

Prior to joining Alliance Defending Freedom in January of 2016, Bruno was a partner at the international law firm of Sheppard Mullin LLP, where he practiced intellectual property litigation and was co-leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group—consisting of more than 70 attorneys.  His prodigious representations included achieving numerous excellent results for clients through trial, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, and effective negotiation, with a focus on proactively helping innovative companies protect their inventions, brands, creative content, and strategic business advantages.  Bruno also served for many years on his prior firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and led numerous efforts to provide access to justice for people who did not have the ability to pay for counsel.  His pro bono services included successfully suing a criminal pimp in a groundbreaking lawsuit under California’s civil human trafficking prevention statute, and personally handling or supervising more than 30 adoptions of children out of the Los Angeles County foster care system.

Bruno received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2003.   During law school, he graduated from the ADF Blackstone Legal Fellowship, a nine-week summer leadership training program for law students.  Bruno earned his B.A. in Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000, where he graduated with High Distinction.  He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and California, and is admitted to practice in numerous federal district and appellate courts. 

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