Bruce Bronster is a renowned hospitality and real estate attorney in Manhattan as well as a restaurant industry veteran. He started washing dishes in restaurants as a teenager, and through his law practice in New York, he continues to serve the hospitality industry today. Most recently, he has been working to help restaurants throughout New York navigate the legalities of the coronavirus pandemic and the executive orders issued in response thereto. He is also the founder of “Bronster Cares,” a pro bono initiative to provide free legal assistance to hospitality workers affected by the pandemic. He is an active member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition and continues to advocate for the future of restaurants and restaurant workers.

Bruce assists new and existing restaurants, food halls, hotels, and food purveyors navigate business formation, real estate and leasing issues, intellectual property, employment issues, ADA compliance, food and beverage consulting, licensing, corporate transactions, contract issues, and bankruptcy. Bruce’s legal practice also focuses on litigation and corporate and general business advice. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He received his B.S. in Accounting, magna cum laude, from New York University in 1987, his J.D. from New York Law School in 1991, and his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1998. Bruce is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Hospitality Law Committee.

Bruce’s numerous high-profile representations include corporations, real estate companies, hotels, and individuals, such as: Tower Capital Management, MTAG Services, Capital One Bank, One West Bank, CIT Bank, Douglas Elliman, Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meats, New Valley Realty, Tiffany & Co., CGM Group, Jay Leno, The Moinian Group, Propel Financial Services and numerous high-profile celebrities, restaurants, and others.

Bruce has authored numerous articles and book chapters on topics such as celebrity chefs and their restaurants, food halls, and other trends in leisure and hospitality. In addition to being a staunch advocate for his clients, he is also devoted to charitable and cultural causes that often incorporate a hospitality, entertainment or fashion component, including: Dan's GrillHampton, Family Dynamics, Food & Wine's Annual Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Hamptons Classic, Hope & Heroes, Love Them All, Meatopia, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Skin Cancer Awareness, and Beach Volleyball Tournament: Models & Chefs.


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