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Bruce S. Ross, Esq.
Mediator & Arbitrator

Bruce Ross, Chair of international law firm Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services National Dispute Resolution Group, has over 40 years’ experience specializing in the litigation, settlement and trial of estate, trust and protective proceedings cases.  He has served as a mediator in many such complex matters and has given seminars on mediation aimed at trust and estate attorneys.

Mr. Ross has served as a Voluntary Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court, has acted as Judge Pro Tem for the Alameda County Superior Court, Probate Department, and has spoken on estate and trust topics to the National College of Probate Judges and the California Judges Association Probate training program, among many other organizations.


Private Wealth Services, Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations, Trust, Estate and Fiduciary Dispute Resolution. 



After receiving formal training in mediation many years ago, Mr. Ross has successfully mediated many trust and estate cases (sometimes, with the consent of all parties, in a dual role as both mediator and advocate).

Bruce has been involved in numerous high profile cases, including, most recently as lead jury trial counsel for the proponent and advocate/mediator in the will contest over the estate of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark of “Empty Mansions” fame, a case which settled at the start of a projected six to eight week trial in the Surrogate’s Court of New York.  Bruce also represented Mickey Rooney in his highly publicized financial elder abuse case and is now representing Mickey’s estate in defense of a will contest brought by several of Mickey’s children.  With Mickey’s approval and endorsement, Bruce established the Holland & Knight Mickey Rooney National Elder Abuse Pro Bono Project, providing legal services to indigent elderly victims of financial abuse.

As Chair of a Los Angeles County Bar Association Committee, Mr. Ross was the principal author of the rules and guidelines for mediation adopted in 1997 by the Probate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Mr. Ross has appeared pro hac vice in many states and has consulted with lawyers overseas in several countries in cases involving multi-jurisdictional and international issues.


J.D., University of California at Berkeley, Order of the Coif

A.B., Oberlin College, cum laude

Mr. Ross is available in the United States and internationally.




Mr. Ross has published numerous articles and lectured on trusts, estate, conservatorship and professional responsibility issues to many bar associations and other organizations throughout the country and overseas.

Mr. Ross is also the author of one of the leading treatises on California probate law first published in 1986 and updated annually.


The Best Lawyers in America guide, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 1993-2014; Non-Profit/Charities Law, 2012-2014.

Chambers USA – Ranked #1 in Wealth Management:  Western Region - National.

Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2014.


American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Past President (2006-2007) and Regent Emeritus.

California Board of Legal Specialization, Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law.

International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Academician and Past Executive Council Member.

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