was admitted to the bar, 1975, California, United States District Court, Southern District and Central District of California, and United States District Court of Appeals
, Ninth Circuit.
Education: University of Southern California (B.S., 1971); Loyola University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1975).
Member, Loyola University
Law Review, 1974 -1975.
Author: "Civil Conspiracy & Interference with Contractual Relations.
8 Loyola Law Review 312 (quoted with approval by the California Supreme Court
in Applied Equipment v. Litton Saudi Arabia (1994) 7 Cal. 4th 503 [28 Cal. Rptr.
has spent much of his
career handling contractual disputes and/ or giving advice on contractual interpretation.
Contractual disputes include litigation over partnership agreements, lease agreements, software license agreements, literary and publishing agreements.
also has had substantial experience in insurance coverage involving insurance policies of every nature, bad faith litigation and fee dispute litigation arising out of said contracts.
This work involves the analysis and litigation of contractual provisions which includes providing opinions on contractual interpretation under case law as applied to different factual scenarios and litigating the interpretation of contractual provisions.
has developed extensive experience in the area of professional fee review and analysis which has garnered him a nationwide reputation as an expert in this area.
has for over 25 years represented clients (including lawyers) in disputes over legal representation and charges associated therewith.
litigates, arbitrates and mediates such disputes.
assists clients in contemporaneous and retrospective reviews of legal billings to insure that the legal billings are reasonable, appropriate and necessary and comply with billing guidelines and reasonableness standards.
In addition, often disputes arise over the reasonableness and scope of legal charges and the obligations of clients to fund all or a portion of legal charges associated with litigation.
Allocations of legal charges are often performed by Mr. Cooper
team to determine the proper scope of defense obligations.
has also been asked by his
clients to determine the reasonable value of legal services both in support of lawyers' claims and in opposition to lawyers' claims.
has provided expert testimony on fee dispute and legal malpractice matters in excess of 85 occasions in State and Federal Courts, and in arbitrations.
The firm has also represented a variety of governmental entities (including the cities of Los Angeles
, Pasadena, Glendale and Riverside) in tort, contract and fee dispute matters.
In addition to the foregoing, Mr. Cooper
has represented and continues to represent individuals and electrical energy generators in the electrical utility industry in litigation concerning the California Power crisis of 2000 and 2001.
This litigation includes the responsibilities of the California Power Exchange to comply with tariff provisions in the relaxation of creditworthiness standards for purchasers of electricity and the ability of public utility purchasers of electricity to sue municipal sellers for overcharges in the Independent System Operators market.
has also handled numerous intellectual property, trademark and copyright infringement matters including the landmark decision of Comedy III v. Saderup, (2002) 25 Cal. 4th 387, [106 Cal. Rptr.
Mr. Bruning collaborates as a team member with Mr. Cooper
on most of the firm's expert analyses and opinions regarding the performance and charges of lawyers.