Biographical Sketch: Carol Elder Bruce, Esq.Catherine Nugent2019-04-01T15:41:53-04:00
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CAROL ELDER BRUCE
900 Lynton Place
McLean, Virginia 22102
(0) (202) 4086433
Sonnenscheh Nath & Rosenthal, Partner (December 1995 to date). My practice focuses on
white collar criminal defense. My clients are both corporate and individual. Currently, I am representing
corporations in criminal antitrust and criminal environmental grand jury investigations. I also represent
corporations and individds in connection with different grand jury and governmental investigations
involving allegations of criminal and civil false claims violations in government contracting. I also
represent individuals in connection with public cormption grand jury investigations and Congressional
Ethics Committee hearings.
Covington & Burling, Associate (October 1988 to December 1995). My practice focused on
white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. My general litigation experience at the firm
spanned the practice fields of white collar fraud and public corruption, antitrust, environmental, bank
fraud, toxic torts, and insurance. I represented both corporate and individual clients in trials and U.S.
Senate Ethics hearings and in grand jury and internal corporate investigations. I also organized and
managed a pro bono law firm program to provide free representation at both the trial and appellate levels
to indigent persons charged with crimes in Washington, D.C. I oversaw over 70 attorneys in this program
and organized periodic training programs for these attorneys.
Deputy Independent Counsel to Independent Counsel James C. May (February 1988 to
February 1990), in the investigation of matters concerning Attorney General Edwin
Meese III. (Associate Independent Counsel, May 1987 – February 1988).
Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (1975-1985). In my first four
years with the office, I prosecuted over 100 felonies and misdemeanors, briefed and
argued nine appeals in federal and local courts of appeals, and managed the grand jury
investigations of over 100 additional felony matters.
From 1979 to 1981, I was assigned to the Major Crimes Division and investigated and
prosecuted public cormption and international terrorism cases, including the investigation
,,,and prosecution of former CIA employee Edwin Wilson, the prosecution of Congressman
Robert Bauman, and the bribery and racketeering prosecution of D.C. Superior Court
Judge Robert Campbell.
From 1981 until resignation in 1985, I was assigned to the Fraud Division of the U.S.
Attorney’s Office which became the Special Prosecutions Sections. While there, I
investigated and prosecuted, among other matters, securities fraud casea (including
insider trading cases, a complex tax shelter fraud, several tax evasion c8ses and other
bribery, public corruption and white collar fraud cases).
I resigned from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in December 1985, to take a leave of absence
from law practice to be a full-time mother to my two (now three) children.
Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold H. Greene, when he was Chief Judge of the Superior
Court of the District of Columbia (1974-1975), before he was appointed to the U.S.
District Court bench in Washington, D.C.
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EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
George Washington University – B.A., Political Science (1971); J.D., (1974)
President, Student Bar Association (1973-1974)
Admitted, D.C. Court of Appeals, 1975
Member, American Bar Association, 1975 to date;
Governor, D.C. Bar Board of Governors, elected in 1994 for a three year term;
Member, D.C. Bar Ethics Committee, appointed for July 1992 to July 1995 term;
Member, Steering Committee of the Courts, Lawyers and Administration of Justice Section, D.C.
Bar, elected to two tern 1988 to 1992; Co-Chairman, 1990 to 1992;
Charter Member, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, January 1989 to date; SecretaryMember, ABA Working Group on Lawyers’ Representation of Regulated Clients
Treasurer, June 1990 to June 1992;
(President’s bmmittee formed in response to the OTS Kaye, Scholer matter), Spring
Initiative Working Group, July 1993 to June 1994;
Member, ABA Central and East European Law Initiative Russian Criminal Jury Trial
Member, D.C. Superior Court Media Committee, March 1993 to date.
Member, D.C. Public Defender Service, Steering Committee on Appellate Advocacy Institute,
President, D.C. Chapter, George Washington Law Alumni Association, 1979 to 1980;
Director, Board of Directors, George Washington Law Alumni Association, 1989 to 1993;
November 1993 to date.
Co-authored with Theodore L. Garrett, a chapter on Environmental crimes Under the New
Sentencing Guidelines, Practice Under the New Federal Sentencing Guidelines, American
Bar Association Section of Criminal Justice, Editor Phyllis Skloot Bamberger, Prentice
Hall Law 8c Business, 3rd Edition (1993 supplement).
Co-authored with Jeffrey 0. Cooper, Auditing the Auditors: An Overview of Civil Liability Issues
for Accountunts, for publication in an Ohio CLE Institute publication, June 1993.
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