Advocates for Labor and Progressive Institutions

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Bruce Lerner

Bruce began working for Bredhoff & Kaiser as an associate in 1984, where he has spent the entirety of his career.

During those years, Bruce’s practice has touched upon most of the areas in which Bredhoff has worked. From 1992 through 2022, Bruce served as General Counsel for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. In that role, he counseled union leadership on all manner of legal issues, including union governance and elections, collective bargaining, and the resolution of disputes via arbitration and litigation. He was lead counsel for the NPMHU in ten rounds of national negotiations, scores of national arbitrations, and many legislative battles. He has also participated in the development and administration of the NPMHU’s popular health benefit plan, among other programs.

At the beginning of 2023, Bruce transitioned into Senior Counsel for the NPMHU when he was named General Counsel of its international parent body, the Laborers’ International Union of North America. In addition to the NPMHU and LIUNA, Bruce advises numerous other unions, both national and local, on matters of Union Governance and Administration. That practice includes counseling leadership on compliance with federal laws governing union elections, trusteeships, financial reporting, and financial audits by the Department of Labor. He has also developed substantial expertise in the administration of fair-share fee and other union-security systems in the private sector.

Early in Bruce’s career, his practice focused on trial and appellate litigation. He continues to supervise an active litigation practice that includes disputes arising out of the full range of issues facing labor organizations.

Bruce clerked for William J. Brennan, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court during its 1983 Term, following a year-long clerkship with Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He obtained his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review. He holds an M.P.A. degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton’s Harpur College.

Bruce can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..