Areas of Practice
Education
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1979
  • Stanford University, B.A., with honors and distinction, 1976, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Arizona
  • California

P. Bruce Converse

Partner
201 E. Washington Street
Suite 1600
Phoenix AZ 85004
TEL: +1 602 257 5274
FAX: +1 602 257 5299

P. Bruce Converse is a partner in Steptoe's Phoenix office, where he is a member of the Complex Commercial Disputes and Intellectual Property Groups.  He has a broad range of experience in commercial litigation at both trial and appellate levels.

Antitrust
Mr. Converse is currently representing a large national healthcare organization in an antitrust price fixing case involving temporary nurse wages.  He has represented drug manufacturers and chemical manufacturers in price fixing actions.  And, he currently represents a large national business consulting company in counseling and advice in connection with industry-specific meetings and conferences, to avoid issues relating to price fixing and other prohibited behavior. Mr. Converse also has experience providing general antitrust counseling, and has litigated antitrust claims involving vertical restrictions, such as dual distribution systems, dealer terminations, and tying arrangements.

Insurance Bad Faith Litigation
Mr. Converse presently focuses his practice on the defense of insurance bad-faith claims arising in a variety of contexts.

Complex Commercial Litigation
Mr. Converse has extensive experience in the litigation of complex commercial litigation, including contract claims, class actions, antitrust and trade regulation disputes, debtor-creditor relations, and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Intellectual Property and Licensing
Mr. Converse has substantial experience in the litigation of a number of types of intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement litigation; protection of trade secret; and confidential business information. In addition to litigation, Mr. Converse has represented numerous clients in the negotiation and documentation of all types of technology licensing.

Other Matters
Mr. Converse has represented various public entities in a wide range of circumstances, including funding disputes, litigation involving alleged conflict of interest, annexation, and condemnation actions.  Mr. Converse also represents private parties in dealing with public entities, including negotiation of software development agreements and zoning issues.  Mr. Converse has represented other attorneys in disciplinary proceedings before state bar associations, and maintains an active interest in issues relating to legal ethics and firm administration.  Mr. Converse has spoken at various professional seminars and has written two articles on law practice management and development for the Arizona Attorney.

Noteworthy

  • Legal 500 US, Insurance: Advice to Insurers, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013-2018
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Insurance, 2010-2017
  • AZBusiness Top Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, 2008-2009

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association