Steve Bruce, Esq.


Steve Bruce, Esq.James S. “Steve” Bruce is a trial lawyer originally from Irmo, South Carolina and the owner of Bruce Law Firm, LLC offering counsel to clients on a variety of transportation and insurance defense matters including aviation law, FAA enforcement defense, trucking and automobile litigation, wrongful death claims, serious personal injury, military and veterans matters, wills, trusts and estate planning. He has experience handling cases through various phases of litigation including initiation, discovery, mediation as well as taking cases to trial.

In addition to being an attorney, Steve is an Airline Transport Pilot for a major commercial airline as well as a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. He has over 20 years of flying experience as an instructor and evaluator pilot and has amassed multiple type ratings. His flight experience includes over 4,000 hours of flight time in a variety of aircraft including the Boeing 717, MD-88, C-17, C-21 (Lear 35), T-1 (Beechjet 400), T-37, T-41, PA-44, PA-28R, C-182, C-172 and C-150.

Prior to opening the Bruce law Firm, Steve was an attorney with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP and the Hadden Law Firm. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in a variety of cases including the representation of:

  • major air carriers
  • air taxi operators
  • nationwide trucking companies
  • commercial truck drivers
  • municipal airports
  • aviation and trucking insurers
  • Part 135 operators
  • pilots and mechanics involved in FAA enforcement actions
  • military pilots facing Flight Evaluation Boards
  • home inspectors
  • home owners associations
  • restaurants and bars
  • business disputes
  • litigants involved in collections disputes

B.S., Unites States Air Force Academy, 1993
M.B.A., Auburn University, 1998
J.D., cum laude, Charleston School of Law, 2008

Charleston Law Review
Charleston Moot Court

All SC State Courts
U.S. Federal Court (S.C.)

Current and Former Professional Associations

  • NTSB Bar Association
  • Lawyer Pilot Bar Association
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Belle Hall Homeowners Association Board of Directors
  • Member AOPA
  • Member Lawyer Pilot Bar Association
  • Member NTSB Bar Association



Jacqueline Hilton Egan, Esq.

Associate Attorney

Jacqueline Hilton Egan, Esq.Education
J.D., summa cum laude, The Charleston School of Law, 2008
B.S., The College of Charleston, 2004

Federal Courts Law Review (Senior Articles Editor), Honor Council, Federalist Society, and Technology Law Society
Graduate of Honors Program, Departmental Honors, and Palmetto Fellows scholarship (full academic scholarship)
Published: The Acquisition of the Verbs Ser and Estar in Undergraduate Students, 3 Chrestomathy 63 (2004)

South Carolina

Bruce Law Firm, Associate Attorney, Spring 2013 – present
Rutherford Smith, Contract Legal Research, Summer 2014
Waggoner Law Firm, Contract Legal Research, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011
Hinchey, Murray & Pagliarini, Contract Legal Research, Summer 2009
Stephen A. Spitz, Research Assistant, Summer 2007 – Spring 2008