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Bruce Singal

Practice Area:Litigation, Research Misconduct

Bruce A. Singal joined the firm in 1997 and established its Litigation practice, which he now Co-Chairs, along with serving as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Research Misconduct Department. He represents business executives, corporations, and professionals who are under investigation or indictment for a wide variety of white-collar crimes. These include cases alleging: fraud in the areas of healthcare, securities, accounting, banking, bankruptcy, insurance, and defense procurement; businesses and individuals charged with export, environmental, tax, and other federal and state crimes; public officials charged with bribes, kickbacks, corruption, and ethics violations; and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases.

Bruce also conducts complex commercial litigation involving major disputes between businesses; between businesses and their employees; and between family members over family businesses and assets. These include actions for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair and deceptive practices, torts, trade secrets, copyright infringement, and challenges to governmental action. In addition, he represents physicians, lawyers, scientists, accountants, other professionals, and public officials in disciplinary, licensing, regulatory, misconduct, and ethics proceedings. This included representation of a scientist in a major scientific misconduct case detailed in The Baltimore Case, by Daniel Kevles (W.W. Norton & Co., 1998).

In addition, Bruce conducts internal investigations and compliance audits for corporations, healthcare institutions, universities, and public and quasi-public agencies, and represents universities and research hospitals in scientific misconduct proceedings.

Awards & Recognitions

During his over 40 years as a trial lawyer, Bruce has received numerous honors and distinctions. In 2003, he was selected as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, which is "composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada...who have mastered the art of advocacy..."

In 2018, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Bruce as a Lawyer of the Year for his representation of Barry Cadden in the nationally-covered New England Compounding Center criminal case arising out of the 2012 meningitis outbreak.

For eight of the past nine years he has been selected by his peers as one of the Top 10 lawyers in Massachusetts, and as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New England (Super Lawyers, 2008-2019). He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America based on selection by his peers for excellence in the categories of White Collar Criminal Defense and Commercial Litigation (2008-2021 editions) and Bet-The-Company Litigation (2017-2021).(1)

Professional background

Assistant United States Attorney-Public Corruption Unit, Major Frauds Unit, Civil Division
Executive Director, Massachusetts Consumers’ Council
Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Consumer Protection Division.
Public Member and Vice Chair, Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine
Governor’s Judicial Nominating Council
Adjunct Professor, Federal Criminal Law, Boston College Law School


George Washington University Law School, J.D., with Honors, 1973
Brandeis University, B.A., with Honors, 1970

Court / Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Service areas

Fraud; Computer/cyber fraud; Defense procurement/Government contracting; export violations; Mail and wire fraud; Mortgage fraud; Tax fraud; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; Internal investigations; Business torts; Commercial litigation; Contract disputes; Noncompetition agreements; Employment disputes/discrimination/retaliation; Insurance coverage disputes; Real estate litigation; SEC civil cases; Unfair and deceptive trade practices (Chapter 93A); Independent authority representation


Biomedical/Pharmaceutical; Government Contractors; Healthcare Providers; Hospitals; Professional Services (attorneys, CPAs, engineers, physicians); Managed Care; Non-profit Organizations; Pharmacies; Public Officials; Quasi-public Agencies; State and Local Government; Transportation



Bruce has written and lectured extensively on civil and criminal litigation, trial practice, and the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (Chapter 93A). His teaching experience has included co-chairing a three-day trial practice seminar for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) entitled “Singal and Summit on Real World Trial Practice,” and serving as an Adjunct Professor of Federal Criminal Law at Boston College Law School.

Off the record...

While a student at Brandeis, Bruce played basketball for legendary former Celtics player and coach KC Jones (and even scored a mention in Jones's autobiography). Unfortunately for Brandeis, his scoring average was lower than his grade point average.

(1) The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at Best Lawyers is a division of Woodward/White, Inc. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

representative matters

  • Secured verdicts of not guilty on all twenty-five charges of second-degree murder against Barry Cadden in the nationally-covered New England Compounding Center criminal case arising out of the 2012 meningitis outbreak
  • Obtained acquittal for healthcare executive on healthcare fraud charges
  • Obtained acquittal for nursing home operator on bankruptcy fraud charges
  • Represented a university scientist who was ultimately vindicated after being wrongly accused of falsifying data by a colleague, the Secret Service, and the Dingell Congressional Committee
  • Obtained jury verdict for our client after a three-week trial in $40M breach of fiduciary duty suit in which two sons claimed their father wrongly bought their shares at a deflated price before the business sold at a large profit
  • Represented two brothers who contended that another brother had unlawfully excluded them from a family real estate venture; after trial, a jury awarded damages for breach of contract in the amount of just under $2M
  • Persuaded federal prosecutors not to indict a high-level executive of medical device manufacturer
  • Persuaded federal prosecutors not to bring charges against attorney in a bankruptcy fraud investigation



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