Bruce J. Gary

Bruce J. Gary

Irvine, California

Bruce J. Gary is a well-respected name in law throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties, where he has practiced since graduating law school from the University of Minnesota in 1980.

  • Bruce J. Gary is a Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law

He is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. He is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association, WealthCounsel, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

It is the commitment to quality and knowledge that has earned Bruce the highest rankings by the most widely recognized lawyer referral guide as a rating of his legal ability and general ethical standards.

Bruce is the past chairman and executive board member of the Orange County Bar Association Trust and Estates Section. He is a regular lecturer to attorneys for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, most recently teaching a course to attorneys on Buy-Sell Agreements for California Businesses. He also is frequently asked to give lectures on living trusts to the general public in seminars sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Trust Company of Long Beach.

Bruce is well known in the local probate courtrooms by both Judges and members of the bar. He is often asked by Judges and other attorneys to assist in settling complex cases.

Bruce lives with his wife, Wendy Hirsch Gary, in Irvine. His hobbies include travel, volunteering with the Boy Scouts, cooking on the barbeque, baking cheesecakes, and the outdoors. He also organizes several blood drives annually for the American Red Cross.

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Bruce J. Gary's Recent Cases

Year Joined Firm

  • 1980

Areas of Practice

  • Estates and Trusts Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Representative Cases


  • Lecturer, Buy-Sell Agreements for California Businesses, Attorneys for the California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Lecturer, Living Trusts to the General Public , Farmers & Merchants Trust Company of Long Beach

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • WealthCounsel, Member
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Trust and Estates Section, Past Chairman and Executive Board Member