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Bruce S. Flushman

Phone: 510.834.6600
Fax: 510.808.4656
E-mail: BFlushman@wendel.com v-card


Bruce Flushman is the immediate past leader of the Environmental Practice Group. He represents public and private interests regarding compliance with environmental (wetland, water quality, hazardous and solid waste, forest practices, clean air and land use) laws and regulations, in obtaining federal, state, or local land use and permits or entitlements and in related litigation. As litigation counsel he has handled a wide variety of trial and appellate matters involving environmental and natural resource regulation, land title, boundary determination, insurance coverage, water rights and water quality, financial, real estate and securities regulation and commercial disputes. Bruce was outside litigation counsel for the State Alaska in litigation against a major oil company ultimately resolved for a ten figure amount. As a public lawyer, Bruce was litigation counsel for the California State Lands Commission in some of its major title, boundary, water rights, off-shore boundary and Indian title matters, including an original jurisdiction case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bruce has also represented a variety of commercial entities in the sale or transfer of the control or assets of businesses or acquisition or disposition of real property.

Clients include: major port, food processing and natural resource companies, industrial facility owners/operators, manufacturers, private and public owners/developers of real property, regulated businesses.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; J.D. (1968)
  • University of California, Berkeley; A.B. (1965)

Close Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court - all California districts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Close Publications


  • "Water Boundaries: Demystifying Land Boundaries Adjacent to Tidal or Navigable Waters," John Wiley & Sons, 2001


Close Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
    •  Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Section
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Federal Bar Association

Close Speaking & Teaching

  • Overcoming Ethical Hurdles in the Practice of Environmental Law,” panelist, American Conference Institute, January 22, 2010
  • "Environmental Insurance: Perspectives on the Current Market," moderator, December 9, 2008
  • "Electronic Discovery - A View from the Trenches," 2008
  • "Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning," co-presenter with Greggory C. Brandt, National Business Institute, December 12, 2007
  • "Regulatory Framework for Siting of Ocean Energy Projects" OceanEnergy 2007 (Hawaii)
  • "Climate Change - What it Means to Your Business," Alameda County Bar Association, 2007
  • "Regulatory Reform Needed to Deliver and Expedite Critical Infrastructure Projects Related to Safety" at the Bay Planning Coalition's 19th Annual San Francisco Bay Decisionmakers Conference, Sustaining Our Public Infrastructure, March 2007
  • "Post-Katrina Regulatory Response to Disasters and Regulatory Reform" at the Bay Planning Coalition's 18th Annual San Francisco Bay Decisionmakers Conference, March 2006
  • MCLE speaker regarding Demonstrative Evidence, Document Management in Litigation; Proposition 65; Insurance Coverage; Voire Dire (1989 - 2006)
  • Managing Electronic Discovery (CLE for environmental consultants) 2006
  • Voire Dire for the Fatty Arbuckle Trial, The Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court (2006)
  • MCLE Presenter, State Bar of California MCLA Roundtable San Diego
  • Guest lecturer on Environmental Law, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Geology
  • "Beyond Compliance: Is Your Company Ready for an Oil Spill in the San Francisco Bay?", Bay Planning Coalition Forum

Close Awards & Recognition

  • Daily Journal Top 25 California Land Use Lawyers, 2011
  • Wendel Rosen's Environmental Practice Group selected as one of top three in the San Francisco Bay Area in The Recorder's 6th Annual "The Best" survey, 2012 
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2013
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell*

*AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies