WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 11, 2015) - Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Bruce V. Spiva has joined the firm’s Political Law group as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office.  Bruce was most recently head of his own law firm; earlier in his career he was a partner at another national law firm.

“Bruce is an excellent addition to the firm’s Political Law group for his exceptional litigation experience and commitment supporting Voting Rights Act cases,” stated Marc Elias, chair of Perkins Coie’s Political Law group.  “He is a strong pillar among many, supporting the substantive growth of our practice in voting rights, redistricting and campaign finance litigation.  I am delighted that Bruce has joined the partnership of Perkins Coie.”

Bruce, a noted voting rights advocate, 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 matters, including antitrust, class actions, contracts, securities litigation, arbitrations, partnership disputes and insurance coverage.  Bruce has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in  nationwide class actions.  He also 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 earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Yale University.  Bruce has published, spoken and testified on antitrust, voting rights, and other issues.  He served as chair of the board of directors of D.C. Vote and as 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 American Antitrust Institute.  

Perkins Coie’s Political Law group represents individuals, candidates, parties, political committees, lobbyists, corporations, trade associations and tax-exempt organizations seeking to effectively engage in political activity.  As the creative pioneer of modern political law and as one of the largest practices of its kind in the country, Perkins Coie is known for its innovative approach to campaign financing, exceptional record of election-related litigation, and knowledge and experience in corporate political activity.

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