Bruce J. Borrus,




Bruce focuses his practice on business bankruptcy, workouts, business loan documentation and commercial litigation. Bruce represents creditors, debtors, trustees, committees, guarantors and individuals who find themselves entangled in creditor-debtor and other commercial disputes. Bruce also advises clients about ways to minimize the risk of litigation by properly structuring and documenting business transactions. Bruce’s clients include financial institutions, forest products companies, commercial builders, health care companies, and individuals.

Bruce is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy topics, particularly those related to preferences, fraudulent transfers, debtor-in-possession financing and cash collateral.

Although Bruce practices most frequently in courts located in Washington, he has also represented clients in bankruptcy and other federal courts in Alaska, California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

For the Defense: State Courts Reject the Ponzi-Scheme Presumptions in Fraudulent Transfer Actions,” ABA Business Law Today, 2016.


“Recent Developments in Fraudulent Transfer Cases Arising Out of Ponzi Schemes,” ABA Business Bankruptcy Comm. Miami Beach, FL 2015.


“Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth: Fraudulent Transfer Law,” King County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section. Seattle, WA 2015.


“Amendment to the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act,” ABA Business Bankruptcy Comm. Chicago, IL 2014.


“Tropical Storm TOUSA: Has the 11th Circuit Burst Lending to Distressed Borrowers on the Bubble?” ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee CLE Program. San Diego, CA 2012.


“Avoiding Traps in Cash Collateral & DIP Agreements,” Bankruptcy Seminar and Retreat, Sun Mountain, WA 2012.


“Traps for Banks in Preserving Cash Collateral and in Providing Debtor-in-Possession Financing,” Risk Management Association Bankruptcy Seminar. Seattle, WA 2011.


“Bankruptcy from the Creditor’s Perspective,” Risk Management Association Loan Workout Seminar. Seattle, WA 2010.


“Rejection of Power Supply Contracts in Bankruptcy,” AIRA 22nd Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference. Seattle, WA 2006.


“Bankruptcy Basics,” University of Washington School of Law Commercial Law Institute. Seattle, WA 1989.


Comment, “Defamation and the First Amendment: Protecting Speech on Public Issues,” 56 Wash. L. Rev. 75.

In 2012 Bruce was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Bruce is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been named a Washington Super Lawyer®, and has achieved the peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®.






In re Learned Family LLC, 555 B.R. 747 (Bankr. W.D. Wash. 2016)


In re Wieber, 182 Wn.2d 919, 347 P.3d 41 (2015)


Mordy v. Chemcarb, Inc. (In re Food Catering & Housing, Inc.), 971 F.2d 396 (9th Cir. 1992)


Morrison-Knudsen Co. v. CHG Internat’l, Inc., 811 F.2d 1209 (9th Cir. 1987)

Bruce chairs the Avoiding Powers subcommittee of the ABA’s Business Bankruptcy Committee.


He also serves on the Washington State Board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Bruce received his B.A., with honors, from Rutgers College in 1972. He taught writing and pursued graduate studies in English at the University of Washington, where he earned an M.A. in 1975 and a Ph.D. in 1978. Bruce received his law degree with honors from the University of Washington in 1981, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Law Review.


For the Defense: State Courts Reject the Ponzi-Scheme Presumptions in Fraudulent Transfer Actions

Bernie Madoff in New York, Tom Petters in Minneapolis, Allen Stanford in Houston, and Darren Berg in Seattle lead a rogues’ gallery of infamous Ponzi schemers. All are … read more

Chambers USA Recognizes Four Practice Areas and Eight Attorneys from Riddell Williams

The 2016 Chambers and Partners rankings were recently published online for the USA rankings and HNW rankings. Riddell Williams has achieved rankings in both the USA Guide and … read more

Riddell Williams Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys, and Top 100

Riddell Williams congratulates the following individuals who have been designated 2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys and Top 100 Super Lawyers: 2016 Super Lawyers Bruce J. … read more

Best Lawyers at Riddell Williams

Of course we think our attorneys at Riddell Williams are the best, now it’s official.  Several Riddell Williams attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers for outstanding work. … read more

Riddell Williams Wins Case of First Impression before Washington Supreme Court

On April 2, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court held that Washington’s homestead exemption law did not apply to real property outside of the state.  (Click here to read … read more

Chambers USA Recognizes Four Practice Areas and Six Attorneys from Riddell Williams

The highly regarded Chambers USA recently released its rankings of practice areas and attorneys.  Riddell Williams is pleased to announce that the following practice areas and attorneys were … read more