David J. Bruno - Of Counsel David J. Bruno - Of Counsel

Continuing in his family's tradition, for the entirety of his thirty-nine year career in the practice of law Dave has dedicated himself to the representation of law enforcement officers through the State of Colorado in all facets of police litigation. 

This includes the representation of officers in civil, criminal, and administrative actions before Colorado and Federal trial and appellate courts throughout the State, and to the United States Supreme Court in the filing of an amicus brief on behalf of officers faced with potential substantive due process violations in the performance of their duties. In addition, Dave has expanded his practice to the negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding for the benefit of police officers, and when those negotiations have failed, has pursued fair compensation, benefits and working conditions for officers before grievance arbitrators.

Over the course of his career, Dave has regrettably seen the supreme sacrifice made by law enforcement officers far too often. In those instances, he has stepped forward on a pro bono basis to assist the officer's dependents in obtaining the full extent of benefits which may be available by reason of an officer's death. This has resulted in litigation before the Colorado Division of Labor, and before administrative law judges seated by the U.S. Department of Justice. In each instance, the entitlement to benefits has been upheld.

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    J.D., University of Colorado Law School, 1973

    Enrolled in National Legal Honorary Society as a Member of the Order of the Coif

    B.A., Colorado State University, 1969, cum laude

    Admitted to Practice

    State of Colorado
    United States District Court District of Colorado-1973
    United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals-1979
    Supreme Court of the United States-1985

    Legal Memberships

    Denver Bar Association
    Colorado Bar Association

    Guest Lecturer

    Denver Police Department Training Academy (Guest Lecturer 1985 to present)
    The Place of Defense Counsel in Police Critical Incident Response

    Denver Police Training Academy (Guest Lecturer 2002-2004)
    Defense Perspective–Discipline Review Board

    Aurora Police Training Academy (Guest Lecturer 2002)
    Defense Perspective-Discipline Review Board

    Aurora Police Training Academy (Guest Lecturer 2002)
    Role of Union Representative/Steward in Internal Affairs Investigations

    Denver Police Department Training Academy-Disciplinary Review Board (Guest Lecturer 2002-2005)
    The Disciplinary Process-From the Perspective of Counsel for the Officer

    Member of the Denver Police Department Disciplinary Advisory Group created by Manager of Safety Alvin LaCabe in the development of the Department's Disciplinary Handbook and Guidelines, and Disciplinary Matrix (2008 to present)

    Personal Interests

    Hunting, fly fishing, time spent with family and grandchildren, and preparing for and running the Bolder Boulder (first time participant in 2011).

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