B. Eric (Bruce) Nelson joined Colman Perkins Law Group as senior counsel in 2021.
He has primarily practiced insurance defense law, including personal injury, medical and legal malpractice: defense of nursing homes, and defense of individual insureds in a variety of situations.
Bruce also has considerable appellate experience having briefed and/or argued cases in multiple districts of the California Courts of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Hollywood Refrigeration Sales Co. v. Superior Court (1985) 164 Cal. App.3d 754
- Wise v. Superior Court (1990) 222 Cal. App.3d 1008
- Rao v. Campo (1991) 233 Cal. App.3d 1557
- Recent unpublished case – McCassy v. Superior Court, (2011) 2011 WL 1536580, dealing with Primary Assumption of Risk in the context of a motocross accident
Laying the groundwork
Bruce was born in Yonkers, New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School and graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s in political science.
After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, he attended Southwestern University School of Law and received his J.D. in 1980. He passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt.
Bruce is an avid SCUBA diver and a certified divemaster. He also briefly served as a deputy sheriff with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia and was admitted to practice law in Ohio in 2017.
Civil Litigation and Trials
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1980
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 1970
State Bar of California
Ohio State Bar Association
United Sates Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit)
United States District Court of Calif. (Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts)