Group Lead: Diversified Industrials & Family Business
Education and Certification
Bruce is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees. He holds Series 79, Series 82, Series 63, and Series 65 licenses administered by FINRA. Bruce has completed the Harvard Business School course of study Families in Business: From Generation to Generation.
Before joining Meridian Capital, Bruce enjoyed a long and distinguished legal career. His practice focused principally on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and complex ownership succession transactions. Business owners, board members, and senior executives relied on him as their confidant. Bruce was a member of Heller Ehrman, then a global law firm, where he served for a time as chair of its corporate practices world-wide. During his years of practice, Bruce worked on hundreds of transactions for a wide range of companies, including manufacturers and fabricators, aerospace contractors, financial institutions, forest products companies, retailers, seafood processors, utilities and energy companies, construction companies and subcontractors, technology companies, infrastructure developers, and more. These companies ranged in size from multinationals to family-owned enterprises. Bruce also served on an interim basis as general counsel to a NYSE-traded investor-owned utility. After leaving law practice, Bruce joined Elliott Cove Capital Management, a registered investment advisor, where he served as president and CEO and as a member of its board of directors. Bruce joined Meridian Capital in 2013 and has been a managing director of the firm since the beginning of 2014.
Community Service and Involvement
Among his many civic and charitable activities, Bruce was the president of the King County, Washington Bar Association; a chair of the boards of United Way of King County and 5th Avenue Theatre Association; and a member of the boards and executive committees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington’s UW Medicine, and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. He currently serves as the vice chair and a member of the board of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a chair of the board of the 5th Avenue Theatre Foundation, and a member of the board of the Mary See Foundation.
I am part of the fourth generation of a family-owned business. Three of our generations have relied on Bruce for his strategic advice and counsel. If your business is facing thorny transition issues, Bruce is a great resource to whom to turn.Brittany Barker, Vice President – Fortin Group