Bruce Searby serves as Special Counsel to Climate Advisers. In that role, he serves as Climate Advisers’ thought leader and expert on how to use U.S. and international laws to advance climate action. Bruce’s current projects at Climate Advisers focus on combatting corruption and other illegal behaviors that drive tropical deforestation.
Bruce’s legal career spans more than twenty years, with more than a decade as a federal prosecutor specializing in public corruption cases, and the balance at major national and international law firms practicing in white-collar criminal law and complex civil litigation. Previous to joining Climate Advisers, Bruce served in the U.S. Department of Justice in the office in charge of major fraud and other economic crimes, and in particular enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other statutes relevant to his projects at Climate Advisers. Bruce also prosecuted FCPA, public corruption, and government fraud cases for ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles. In private practice, Bruce specialized in anti-corruption law representing companies and individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings, internal investigations, and compliance/due diligence reviews. Bruce has advised many corporate clients about the risks of corruption in dealing with environmental regulators and in acquiring concessions over natural resources. Bruce has spoken and lectured extensively on anti-corruption law and investigative techniques for both domestic and international audiences. Currently, Bruce is a partner and co-founder of Searby LLP, a private law firm specializing in white-collar criminal law and complex civil litigation.
Bruce received his undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.