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Bruce A. Kilday - Sacramento, CA

601 University AvenueSuite 150 Sacramento, CA 95825

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Updated: 02/07/2022

Sacramento Civil Rights Litigation Lawyer


Mr. Kilday represents public entities and public employees in all types of cases including ADA litigation, dangerous conditions, and matters affecting school districts and teachers. A large percentage of Mr. Kilday's practice is focused on the representation of law enforcement personnel; from street level officers to elected officials in cases involving false arrest, excessive force, shootings, pursuit and everything in between...

About Bruce A. Kilday

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Police Liability Defense
  • Employment Litigation
  • Public Entity Defense
  • Torts

Representative Cases

  • Moreno v. City of Galt (2017) Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2014-00163760
  • Haught v. City of Anderson (E.D. Cal. 2017) 11-CV-01653 — Settlement
  • Ballard et. al v. City of West Sacramento et. al (E.D. Cal. 2016) — Settlement
  • Biscotti v. City of Yuba, et al. (E.D Cal. May 2013) 2:11-CV-01347— Summary Judgment
  • Gutierrez v. County of Yolo (2012) Eastern District of California No. 2:10-cv-01142 — Trial
  • Moua v. Chico et al (E.D. Cal. 2004) 324 F. Supp. 2d 1132 — Summary Judgment
  • Ford v. Ramirez-Palmer et al (9th Cir. 2002) 301 F. 3d 1043 — Summary Judgment
  • Davis v. City of Sacramento (3d DCA1994) 24 Cal. App. 4th 393 — Trial
  • Orozco v. Yolo et al (E.D. CA 1993) 814 F. Supp. 885 — Settlement
  • Sullivan v. Sacramento (3d DCA 1987,) 190 Cal. App. 3d 1070 — Demurrer, Affirmed on Appeal


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1995

Other Affiliations

  • Sacramento Bar Association (Member)
  • State Bar of California (Member)
  • American Bar Association – Litigation Section; Civil Rights Litigation Committee
  • American Inns of Court (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1983 - 1993 (Lecturer)
  • Anthony M. Kennedy American Inns of Court – Master of the Bench since 1992
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Classes and Seminars

  • Presenter on Police Practices at NCCSIF Police Chiefs Seminar, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: How to Assess Lawsuit Allegations, Defend the Case, and Live to Tell About It” Presenter for the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities, - 2018
  • Presenter at PARMA Annual Conference: “Officer Involved Shootings”, 2015
  • Consultant with Calif. Dept. of Justice (P.O.S.T.) teaching legal portions of Officer Involved Shootings course, 1994 - Present
  • Lecturer and Moderator for Calif. Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) on Depositions and Effective Direct and Cross-Examination, 1983 - Present
  • Presenter at PARMA Annual Conference on Interpreters and Law Enforcement: “New Obligations and Liability Risks”, 2006
  • Consultant with California Peace Officers Association teaching legal portions of Officer Involved Shooting course, 2005
  • Speaker at California State Sheriff’s Association – Correctional Facilities Administrator Seminar on Language Issues in the Correctional Setting and Recent Developments, 2005
  • Speaker at Placer County Law Enforcement Association Retreat on Civil Liabilities: Present and Future Considerations, 2005
  • Speaker at U.S. Attorney Law Enforcement Summit on Enforcement of Executive Order 13166, 2004
  • Panelist at Litigation Avoidance and Risk Management Symposium for California Department of Corrections, 2003
  • Panelist for Police Liability in California seminar for Lorman Education Services, 2002, 2004, 2011, & 2012
  • Lecturer in Dealing with Informants course for Calif. Dept. of Justice (P.O.S.T.) and Lecturer on Sexual Harassment for Calif. Association of Work Experience Educators, 1999
  • Taught Civil Liability, Sexual Harassment, and Employment Discrimination to Sacramento Police Department Supervisors, 1995
  • Panelist on Labor Law Workshop sponsored by the Elk Grove Unified School District, 1994
  • Taught course on Civil Liability in Advanced Officer Training to Sacramento Police Department, Placerville Police Department, and West Sacramento Police Department, 1991
  • Faculty of Hastings College of Advocacy, San Francisco, CA, 1988 – 1989

Past Positions

  • Bolling, Walter & Gawthrop, Partner, 1980 - 1997
  • Sacramento County District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney, 1975 - 1980
  • Sacramento Superior Court, Judges Robert Cole and Elvin Sheehy, Law Clerk, 1974 - 1975


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, 1975
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1972
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Economics


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • To Test Breath or Blood, That Is the Question
  • The Importance of Immediacy: A Discussion of the Narrow Set of Circumstances that Could Support the Warrantless Removal of a Child
  • Current Case Law on Use of Tasers

Office Information


601 University AvenueSuite 150 Sacramento, CA 95825


  • (916) 564-6263


Other Sources of Feedback About Bruce A. Kilday

Included on the 2023 Northern California list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Northern California Super Lawyers Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Bruce A. Kilday on Super Lawyers


  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating “AV” since 1996
  • Named as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” in the field of Constitutional Law – 2005, 2011-2020
  • National Award for Program from American Inns of Court in 2012, 2005, 2001, and 1997
  • Traynor Honor Society and Moot Court Honors Board
  • ABOTA – elected to membership in 2010
  • Jim Gilwee Civility Award for Exemplary Professionalism and Conduct in the Practice of Civil Law, 2017

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