Frances Bruce, Esq.

Frances was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in the small foothills town of Shingle Springs. She has specialized in medical malpractice defense since starting her legal career as The Doctors Company’s first law clerk in 2006 while she was a student at UC Davis King Hall School of Law. Since graduating in 2008, she has continued her commitment to defending health care providers, allied health professionals, chiropractors and health care facilities in civil actions involving allegations of professional liability, general negligence, fraud, and invasion of privacy, as well as in administrative and licensing matters. Frances currently resides in San Francisco where she enjoys spending her free time hiking around the Bay Area, traveling, volunteering, and watching live music performances.

Professional History

  • Pollara Law Group, Sacramento, CA, October 2022 to present, Attorney
  • Law Offices of Madden & Lynch PC, San Francisco, CA, Sacramento, CA, July 2019 to September 2022, Shareholder
  • Donnelly Nelson Depolo Murray & Efremsky APC, Walnut Creek, CA, August 2015 to June 2019, Non-Equity Partner (January 2019-June 2019) / Associate (August 2015 to December 2018)
  • Lynch Gilardi & Grummer APC, San Francisco, CA, September 2012 to August 2015, Associate
  • Bledsoe Cathcart Diestel Pedersen & Treppa, San Francisco, CA, April 2012 to September 2012, Associate
  • Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle LLP, Sacramento, CA, August 2008 to April 2012, Associate


  • J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law, 2008
  • BA with Honors, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004


  • CA State Bar

Honors and Memberships

  • Named Super Lawyers® Northern California Rising Star Annually 2017 – 2022


  • Burns, F., Murray, T.  “State Investigations of Nursing Homes: Admissible at Trial?” ADC Defense Comment, Vol. 29, No.2. Summer (2014): 19-20.

Community Service and Teaching Experience

  • Attorney Coach, Mira Loma High School Moot Court Team, Sacramento, CA (October 2008 to March 2012)
  • Volunteer Reader, McKinley Read Aloud, San Francisco, CA (October 2014 to March 2020)
  • Faculty Member, Stanford Trial Advocacy Workshop, Palo Alto, CA (October 2022 to Present)