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Bruce A. Wagman

Attorney at Schiff Hardin LLP
San Francisco, California
Bruce A. Wagman is a Partner with Schiff Hardin LLP. His practice focuses on animal law litigation, consultation, legislative affairs and education, has brought and tried multiple state and federal cases involving a wide range of animal law issues.
J.D. degree, magna cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law; B.S.N. degree, Columbia University School of Nursing; B.S. degree, Cornell University.
Bruce is an Adjunct professor, Animal Law, Stanford Law School, Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), Hastings College of the Law, 1996 to present
Wrote Growing Up with Animal Law: From Courtrooms to Casebooks," Journal of Legal Education, November 2010; Turning Points In Compassion: Personal Journeys of Animals Advocates, 2015; co-wrote, Animal Law: Cases and Materials, Fifth Edition, Carolina Academic Press, May 2014, - the first casebook for animal law courses in law schools, first published in 2000; wrote Best Bets for 'No Pets,'; Animal Docket: Practice Tips for Animal Law Cases, ABA Animal Law Committee Newsletter, Summer 2013; co-wrote Give Me Back My Dog! – A Practical Guide To Helping Clients Obtain Or Keep Custody Of Their Pets,& ABA Animal Law Committee Newsletter, Summer 2011; co-wrote A Worldview of Animal Law, Carolina Academic Press, April 2011; and co-wrote Managing Emotions in Animal Cases, ABA Animal Law Committee Newsletter, Winter 2010.

About Me

What is your area of expertise?
I have dedicated my career to defending and improving animal lives. I have experience in virtually every aspect of the law pertaining to animals. I take on issues including the use of animals in entertainment, biomedical research, animal agriculture/food production, animal cruelty, and wildlife control; as well as individualized cases involving dog bites, animal custody disputes, and injuries to, and caused by, animals.
Do you do any volunteer work?
I engage in significant pro bono work, both in my litigation and consultation practice. I am a board member and advisor to several organizations including Marin Humane Society, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, and the United States Equine Rescue League. I am also a member of the Panel of Experts for the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance.


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Association Position
U.S. Equine Rescue League Director
Marin Humane Society Director, Advocacy Member
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest Board of Directors, Board Counsel
Front Range Equine Rescue Director


School Degree Graduation Year
Cornell, Columbia, Hastings College of the Law B.S.
Cornell, Columbia, Hastings College of the Law J.D.

Contact Information

Schiff Hardin LLP

1 Market Plz Fl 32
Spear Street Tower

San Francisco, CA 94105