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Bruce Nye
Mediator and Arbitrator
Oakland, CA 
Tel: 415.577.9453
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BRUCE NYE  practiced law throughout the State of California for more than forty-three years, most of them in San Francisco and then Oakland.  He retired from practicing law in mid-May, 2021.  As a lawyer, he was peer rated AV, the highest ranking for attorneys, in the Martindale-Hubble directory.  He was also  selected to Super Lawyers as a top-rated Bay Area lawyer for seventeen  years from 2005 through 2021. Very recently, in an era when he is only acting as a mediator and arbitrator, and not practicing law, he was listed as a Super Lawyer again in 2022. 

MEDIATION PRACTICE:  Bruce brings to the mediation process a perspective that comes from decades of representing both plaintiffs and defendants, an ability to understand and empathize with complex and emotionally fraught problems and feelings, and a listening skill that has been repeatedly recognized over the years by clients and members of the bench. Bruce is available for mediating matters in litigation and many  non-litigation or pre-litigation disputes.  Bruce has received certification for successfully completed training with renowned mediation trainers Steve Rosenberg and Forrest “Woody” Marsden. Most recently, he proudly completed Advanced Mediation Training with Steve Rosenberg. He has served as a member of the Congress of Neutrals. He presently proudly serves as a volunteer mediator for the Alameda County Superior Court. He is a member of the California Dispute Resolution Council and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees of the Alameda and San Francisco County Bar Associations. 

ARBITRATION: For many years, Bruce has served as an arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court, and has arbitrated more than fifty cases.


Bruce received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1973) and his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, University of California (1977), where he became a member of the Order of the Coif and The Thurston Society.

Bruce is admitted to practice in all California state courts, in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

After hours, Bruce is very active in his community. He is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Alameda County Bar Association, and a founding member of Make Oakland Better Now!, a citizens advocacy group supporting public safety, public works, homelessness, local government transparency and accountability and budget reform. He is also an active amateur photographer. (

OTHER INFORMATION: Bruce has regular access to local conference rooms for use in mediation, and also mediates regularly on Zoom.  

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