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Bruce Arthur Lehman

Bruce Arthur Lehman, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1976, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit). Named Lawyer of Year The National Law Journal, 1994; named one of The 100 Most Influential Men & Women in Washington, National Journal 1997.


  • Lehman, Bruce Arthur was born on September 19, 1945 in Beloit, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Dean A. Lehman and Wanda R. (Westbrook) Watson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Wisconsin, 1967. Juris Doctor, University Wisconsin, 1970.


    • Attorney Wisconsin House Representatives, Madison, 1970-1971, United States Department Justice, Washington, 1973-1974. Counsel committee judiciary United States House Representatives, 1974-1983, chief counsel subcommittee courts civil liberties, administration, 1978-1983. Attorney Swidler & Berlin, Chartered, 1983-1993.

      Assistant secretary, commissioner United States Patent & Trademark Office United States Department Commerce, 1993—1998. Chief Executive Officer International Intellectual Property Institute, 1999—2004. Of counsel Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, 2004—2008, Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP, Washington, since 2009.

      Acting chairman National Endowment for the Humanities, 1997. Served in United States Army, 1971-1973.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1976, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit).


    • Advisory board BNA Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Journal, 1991-1993.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member Clinton/Gore Transition Team, Washington, 1992-1993. Vice chairman District of Columbia General Hospital Commission, 1987-1993, chairman District of Columbia General Hospital Foundation, 1989-1993.


    • father: Dean A. Lehman Watson
    • mother: Wanda R. (Westbrook) Watson
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    Born September 19, 1945
    (age 72)