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Jonathan M. Bruce JD, PhD

Jonathan M. Bruce JD, PhD

Carmel, Indiana

The Law Office of Jonathan Bruce, JD, PhD, offers personalized legal services in the areas of immigration and naturalization, business and estate planning, and criminal defense to both domestic and foreign clients.  Practice areas also include federal civil rights and class action litigation.

In his immigration and naturalization practice, The Law Office of Jonathan Bruce serves client needs related to immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, employment-based visas, green cards and permanent residency, work permits, temporary visas, adjustment of status, family-based petitions, asylum, removal defense, cancellation and withholding of removal, U-visas and post-conviction advocacy including appeals and Padilla petitions.

In his estate planning practice, Mr. Bruce can advise both domestic and foreign clients on wills, trusts, property transfers, and generational wealth transfers. Business and estate planning concerns can differ significantly for foreign nationals or non-US persons, and require in-depth understanding of domestic laws and international tax matters.  The Law Office of Jonathan Bruce advises families with members inside and outside the United States about estate planning needs.

In its criminal defense practice, the Law Office of Jonathan Bruce defends immigrants and non-residents. Non-residents who are arrested and charged with crimes in the United States may face penalties with immigration consequences, such as removal. The Law Office of Jonathan Bruce frequently represents non-resident clients facing criminal convictions with immigration consequences.

Mr. Bruce is a former felony prosecutor and public defender with hundreds of criminal cases behind him. He has the experience needed to effectively represents clients in federal, state trial and appellate courts. He has also represented foreign clients in U.S. courts, foreign embassies and consulates and U.S. government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration.

Jonathan Bruce has served in the Peace Corps, and has lectured in US law at foreign universities in Moldova and Ukraine. Mr. Bruce speaks English, Spanish, French, Russian and Bulgarian. In addition to his law degree from Golden Gate University, Mr. Bruce earned a PhD in Philosophy from University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and a Masters degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2003
  • Kentucky, 2003
  • Indiana, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Recipient, Honors Lawyering Program
    • Honors: Recipient, Joseph R. and June B. Rensch Endowed Fellowship
    • Honors: Recipient, Golden Gate University School of Law Merit Tuition Scholarship
  • University of Sofia, Bulgaria
    • Doctor of Philosophy
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • Master of Arts
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Academic Review Board, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Sixteenth Judicial District, Kentucky, Attorney, 2004 - 2005
  • Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky, Attorney, 2003

Pro Bono Activities

  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Bulgaria
  • Volunteer in Cincinnati Community Organizations


  • French
  • Spanish
  • Bulgarian
  • German
  • Russian


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Office Location

Law Offices of Jonathan Bruce
Indiana Location:

30 E. Main St
Carmel, IN 46032
Local: 859-905-9678

Fax: 513-386-7311

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Kentucky/Cincinnati, OH location:

7000 Houston Road, Suite 3

Florence, KY 41042