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Bruce W. Leppla - San Francisco, CA

Embarcadero Center West275 Battery Street29th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111- 3339

Updated: 09/24/2019

San Francisco Securities & Investor Fraud Lawyer


A Business Leader, Innovator, and Defender of Investor Rights

Bruce W. Leppla is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. His responsibilities include securities case evaluation and analysis, legal and financial, as well as directing the firm’s institutional investor and client outreach...

About Bruce W. Leppla

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Securities & Investor Fraud


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1976
  • Colorado, 2006
  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Other Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Barrister's Club
  • California Bankers Association, 1993 - 1999 (Director)
  • California State Small Business Development Board, 1989 - 1997
  • Community Reinvestment Institute, 1989 - 1990 (Founding Director)
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
  • New York State Bar Association
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 1990 - 1992 (Leadership Council)
  • State Bar of California
  • Union Internationale des Avocats, Winter Corporate Governance Seminar, 2012 (Seminar Chairman)
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall Alumni, 1993 - 1996 (Board of Directors)
  • Wall Street Lawyer (Member, Editorial Board)
  • Yale University Alumni Board of Directors, 2001 - 2005 (Director)
  • Yale Whiffenpoofs

Classes and Seminars

  • “Recent Developments in Cross-Border Litigation”, Union Internationale des Avocats, Frankfurt, Germany, Spring meeting, 2010
  • “Legal and Economic Aspects of Securities Class and Opt-out Litigation”, Union Internationale des Avocats, Park City, Utah, Winter Meeting, 2010
  • “Legal and Global Economic Implications of the U.S. Subprime Lending Crisis”, EPI European Pension Fund Summit, Montreux, Switzerland, May 2, 2008
  • “Impact of Spitzer’s Litigation and Attempted Reforms on the Investment Banking and Insurance Industries”, Bar Association of San Francisco, May 19, 2005
  • “Basic Principles of Securities Litigation”, Opal Financial Conference, National Public Fund System Legal Conference, Phoenix, AZ, January 14, 2005
  • “Betting on the Horse After the Race is Over—In Defense of Mutual Fund Litigation Related to Undisclosed After Hours Order Submission”, American Enterprise Institute, September 30, 2004
  • Lecturer, Lending Documentation, Financial Institutions Litigation and similar topics, California Bankers Association General Counsel Seminars, 1993 - 1996
  • Lecturer, Real Estate Law and Finance, University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 1993 - 1996

Past Positions

  • California-licensed Real Estate Broker, 2009 - Present
  • FINRA and California-licensed Registered Investment Adviser, 2008 - Present
  • Susquehanna Corporation, Chairman, 2006 - Present
  • Leppla Capital Management, LLC, Chairman, 2008 - Present
  • Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Partner, 2004 - 2008
  • Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Counsel, 2002 - 2003
  • California Bankers Insurance Services Inc., CEO and President, 1999 - 2001
  • Redwood Bank, CEO and President, 1985 - 1998
  • Redwood Bank, CFO and General Counsel, 1981 - 1984
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, 1980
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell, 1976 - 1980


  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Berkeley, California
    Honors: M.G. Reade Scholarship Award
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Highest Honors in Economics
    Major: Economics
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: Quantitative Economics
    Major: Law and Economics


Published Works

  • “Stay in the Class or Opt-Out? Institutional Investors Are Increasingly Opting-Out of Securities Class Litigation,” Securities Litigation Report, West LegalWorks, Vol. 3, No. 8, September 2006
  • Co-Author with Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Joy A. Kruse, “Selected Waiver: Recent Developments in the Ninth Circuit and California, Part 2,” Securities Litigation Report, Vol. I, No. 10, pp. 1, 3-9, June 2005
  • Co-Author with Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Joy A. Kruse , "Selected Waiver: Recent Developments in the Ninth Circuit and California, Part 1," Securities Litigation Report, Vol. I, No. 9, pp. 1, 3-7, May 2005
  • Author, Co-Author of 11 different U.S. and International patents in electronic commerce and commercial product design, including “A Method for Storing and Retrieving Digital Data Transmissions,” United States Patent No. 5,659,746, issue August 19, 1997, 1997
  • "Securities Powers for Community Banks," California Bankers Association Legislative Journal, 1987

Office Information


Embarcadero Center West275 Battery Street29th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111- 3339


  • (415) 956-1008

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