Attorney Profile:
Bruce Adelstein

Appellate Practice

Since 1994, Mr. Adelstein's practice has been almost exclusively limited to appellate work. He has served as lead counsel in over 120 appeals and has consulted or advised in many other appeals. His appellate cases have included commercial and business litigation, general tort law, contract law, real property law, entertainment litigation, First Amendment litigation, bankruptcy law, employment law, corporate and partnership litigation, construction defect litigation, insurance law, election law, administrative law, family law, and criminal law. He has appeared or filed briefs in the California Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His appellate cases have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Examiner, the Sacramento Bee, Variety, and Mirabella. He is a member of the appellate courts subcommittee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is also the moderator of CounselWeb's appellate law e-mail discussion lists.

Appellate Certification

Mr. Adelstein is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a certified appellate specialist.

Awards and Honors

Mr. Adelstein was selected a Southern California Superlawyer for 11 conseuctive years, from 2006 to 2016.

Professional Activities

Mr. Adelstein is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Appellate Courts Section and previously was a member of the State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee.


From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Adelstein was litigator at a large national law firm and an appellate lawyer at later a smaller appellate firm. His appellate and litigation practice included general business law, tort law, contract law, corporate law, entertainment law, health care law, employment law, and copyright law.

Between 1990 and 1991, Mr. Adelstein worked as an economist on legal cases at Lexecon, Inc. (now Compass-Lexecon) in Chicago, Illinois. His work included assisting with mergers, antitrust cases, security cases, and calculating large damage awards.


Mr. Adelstein attended college at UCLA. He graduated in 1986 with a B.A., magna cum laude, in economics and an M.A. in economics. At UCLA, he was a Departmental Scholar in Economics, was a recipient of College Honors in the College of Letters and Sciences, and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Adelstein received a J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago in 1990. In law school, he was a Bradley Fellow in Law and Government and a research assistant to Professor Ronald Coase, 1991 Nobel Laureate in Economics.

Mr. Adelstein is currently a member of the California Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Appellate Courts Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association.