Peter W. Bruce

Of Counsel

Peter W. Bruce

Location: Milwaukee

T: 414.225.1437

F: 414.278.3637

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Assistant: Dyer Salahadyn

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  • Evan P. Helfaer Donor Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals (2019)
  • Bene Award, Alverno College (2014)
  • Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Equal Justice Medal (2012)
  • Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation (2011)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2010)
  • Marquette University High School, Alumnus of the Year (2008)
  • Grand Avenue Club, Community Service Award (2008)
  • National Conference of Christians & Jews, Community Service Award (1990)


  • Harvard Advanced Management Program
  • J.D., University of Chicago
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Since September of 2007, Peter has been an of counsel member of Davis|Kuelthau. The firm has provided a supportive platform for his continued civic work and for his service as guardian ad litem in Milwaukee County Children’s Court for children in the foster system and as a volunteer lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee.

For 37 years prior to joining the firm, Peter worked at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NML) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served in a variety of legal and business capacities at NML, including Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice President of Insurance Operations. His final promotion elevated Peter to the position of Chief Insurance Officer, where he was responsible for product lines representing approximately 85 percent of the corporation’s sales revenues at that time.

In addition to his service on the Board of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Peter also served on the Board of several of its significant subsidiaries, as follows: Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company, Northwestern Mutual International Holdings, Robert W. Baird and Frank Russell Company. Peter also served on the Board of a FHLB member, Continental Savings Bank, which subsequently merged with West Bend Savings Bank to form Westbury Bank. He served on the Board of Westbury until 2012.

In addition to Peter’s corporate leadership, he also has served on the governance boards of a number of not-for-profit enterprises, including: Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Alverno College, Badger Meter Foundation, Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation, Urban Day School, Curative Rehabilitation Foundation, and the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, among others.


Professional Activities

Member, State Bar of Wisconsin

Member, American Bar Association

Member, American Law Institute

Former Board Member, Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation

Community Involvement

Alverno College, Emeritus Trustee; Audit, Investment and Development Committees; Former Board and Board Chair

Badger Meter Foundation, Board Member

Curative Rehabilitation Foundation, Board and Former Board Chair

Curative Rehabilitation Center, Former Board and Board Chair

Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Former Board and Former Board Chair

Greater Milwaukee Foundation Herbert Mueller, Member

Former Board and Board Chair, Horizon House

LISC Milwaukee, Honorary Board

Milwaukee Catholic Community Foundation, Former Board and Board Chair

Next Door Foundation, Former Board and Board Chair

Urban Day School, Board and Past Board Chair; Executive, Advancement, Investment and Audit Committees

Legal Aid Society, Guardian Ad Litem Practice Group

American Management Association, Former Board Member

Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Former Board and Board Chair