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David Lee De Bruin, American lawyer.


Bruin, David Lee De was born on February 15, 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Eugene J. and Alvina W. (Huss) De Bruin.


Bachelor of Science in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977. Master in Public Policy and Juris Doctor, University Michigan, 1981. Juris Doctor, University Michigan, 1981.


Law clerk to chief judge The United States of America District Court, Milwaukee, 1981-1983. Associate Whyte & Hirschboeck, 1983-1985. Shareholder Kravit et al, 1985-1996.

Partner Michael, Best & Friedrich Limited liability partnership, since 1996.


  • Bar: Wisconsin 1982, United States District Court (eastern and western district) Wisconsin 1982, United States District Court (Colorado) 2001, United States District Court, North Dakota Illinois 2002 and Communicative Disorders Illinois 2010. United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1982, United States Patent and Trademark Office 1992, United States Court Appeals (Federal circuit), 1993. United States Supreme Court 2008.



Member Wisconsin Democratic platform committee, 1983-1987. National delegate Wisconsin Democrats, 1984. Board directors, president Cooperation West Side Association, Milwaukee, 1984-1986.

President, Washington Park Community Development Corporation, Milwaukee, 1985-1995. Board directors Washington Heights Neighborhood Association, 1990-1992, Milwaukee Public School Board 1993-1995, chair Quality Education Committee, 1996-2000, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, since 2000. Member American Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association, 7th Circuit Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association, Linn Inns Court.


  • Other Interests

    Astronomy, flying, skiing.


Married Linda De Brun. Children: Erica, Christopher, Laura, Natalee.

Eugene J. Bruin

Alvina W. (Huss) De Bruin

Linda De Brun

Erica Bruin

Christopher Bruin

Laura Bruin

Natalee Bruin