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Paul Bruno

  • Managing General Counsel - Legal Services
  • Fluor Corporation
  • 6700 Las Colinas Blvd.
  • Irving, Texas 75039


  • Undergraduate: University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Graduate: University of Santa Clara Law School
  • Law School: 1981

Career History

Paul Bruno is a Managing General Counsel that leads the dispute resolution function for Fluor Corporation.  His primary function includes leading a team of professionals whose responsibility is management of dispute resolution activities for the Company, its operating subsidiaries and each of the business units, affiliated companies, joint ventures and partnerships on a global basis.  He leads both a team of lawyers and a group of construction contract professionals (the Corporate Claims Management Group) that are strategically located geographically.  Additional duties performed by Mr. Bruno include the preparation of reports for the Audit Committee, liaison with external audit on dispute matters, liaison with internal audit, liaison with insurance providers and the internal insurance department, assistance in preparation of public reports, SEC, DOL and media reports and internal investigations.  Mr. Bruno joined Fluor Corporation as Vice President and General Counsel on January 2, 2001.

Mr. Bruno was, until joining Fluor Corporation, a partner in the 600 attorney national law firm of Thelen Reid & Priest (aka Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP, formerly known as Thelen Marrin Johnson & Bridges).  During his 19-year tenure at Thelen, Mr. Bruno was primarily responsible for the supervision of a team of partners and associates involved in the construction related practice in the Silicon Valley office.  Mr. Bruno’s practice included acting as lead attorney in a substantial number of jury trials and arbitrations.

Professional Activities

Mr. Bruno is licensed to practice law in the State of California and the State of Texas.  Mr. Bruno is a  Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.  He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.  Mr. Bruno is currently on the Executive Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR).  Mr. Bruno is a Past Member, Board of Trustees, Santa Clara County Bar Association; a Past Member, Board of Directors Building Industry Association South Bay Division; a Member, American Bar Association and Construction Industry Forum; and a Past Member of the Management Committee of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges.  Mr. Bruno is a faculty member to the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and most recently taught at the 2012 LSU Trial Advocacy Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Mr. Bruno was appointed by the Santa Clara County Superior Court as an active Pro-tem Judge from 1987 until 1998.

Mr. Bruno is a native of Santa Clara Valley, California.  Prior to his move with Fluor Corporation headquarters to Irving, Texas, Mr. Bruno was a resident of Newport Beach, California.  Before moving to Southern California, Mr. Bruno was a resident of the town of Los Gatos, California where he was Chairman of the Planning Commission.

ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, American Arbitration Association’s Construction Arbitrator Master Panel

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars


Mr. Bruno continues to lecture and write on the subjects of project administration, dispute resolution and international business.   Selected recent engagements are listed below.


  • Co-author and subcommittee member of the IBA Task Force on Extraterritoriality Report of the Subcommittee on Corruption and Bribery. (January 2008)
  • Panel member for a session entitled Not All Construction Damage Recoveries Are Created Equal at the Construction SuperConference 2010. (December 2010)
  • Faculty member of the Corporate Counsel Roundtable at The Spring 2011 AAA Construction Conference entitled It’s Not New, So What’s Next?. (April 2011)
  • Completed Mediation Training for Lawyers and Working Professionals taught by the American Arbitration Association. (November 2011)
  • Panel member for a session entitled Border Enforcement of Construction Agreements – From Asia to Latin America to the Middle East at the Construction SuperConference 2011. (December 2011)
  • Faculty member of the AGC Webinar entitled Maximizing Mediation – How to Use Mediation Effectively to Resolve Disputes and Obtain Good Results. (December 2011) 
  • Speaker at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American College of Construction Lawyers on a panel entitled Public Private Partnerships from a Design-Build Contactor’s Perspective. (February 2012)
  • Faculty member of the AGC Webinar entitled Please Don’t Kill the Umpire. (April 2012) 
  • Speaker for the Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section’s regular monthly meeting, topic entitled Public Private Partnerships.  (September 2012)
  • Faculty member of The 10th Annual Miami International Arbitration Conference, session entitled Corporate Counsel’s Strategy and Role in International Dispute Resolution. (September 2012)
  • Co-author of Up the Ladder and Out the Door, Saying “No” to the CEO, a paper presented at the ABA 2012 Fall Meeting. (October 2012)
  • Co-author of an article published in the ABA publication, The Construction Lawyer, entitled The Mechanic’s Lien Remedy on Public-Private Partnerships. (Winter 2012)
  • Co-author of an article published in the ABA publication, The International Lawyer, entitled Up the Ladder and Out the Door, Saying “No” to the CEO. (Winter 2012)
  • Co-Author of an article published in Association of Corporate Counsel magazine, ACC Docket, entitled “Up the Ladder and Out the Door: Saying “No” to the CEO.  (July/August 2013)
  • Co-author of an article published in the Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, entitled Guidelines for Construction Industry Internal Investigations. (Summer 2014)
  • Panel member for a session entitled Effective Business Models for the Provision of Legal Services in International Arbitration: Evolution or Revolution at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Hong Kong Centennial Conference.  (March 2015)
  • Panel member for a session entitled How Seats are Chosen – An Inside View at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Centennial Conference. (March 2015)
  • Faculty member of the 2015 AAA Construction Conference: Keeping Arbitration Lean; topic entitled , Retooling Arbitration for Mega Project Construction Claims (March 2015)
  • Speaker at the Engineering New Record’s Third Risk Summit, Dallas, Texas, entitled Dispelling the Big Myth About Project Risk (June 2015)
  • Panel member American College of Construction Lawyers – 2016 Annual Meeting; Communications with In-House Counsel: When Are They Privileged?  (February 2016)
  • Panel member 2016 AAA Construction Conference; Ahead of Schedule & Under Budget (April 2016)
  • Panel member for a session entitled Litigation vs. Arbitration: Taking the Gloves Off at the Construction SuperConference; Effective Claims Management On International Megaprojects: How To Position Your Organization In The Best Position To Win A Claim; Surprises Are Rarely A Good Thing: Early Case Evaluation On A Global Scale (December 2016)
  • Panel member Annual ABA Forum on Construction Law; The Ethics of Privilege – Behind the Walls of Our Conference Rooms, Between the Borders of Our Country and Beyond, How You Can Stop Making Everyday Mistakes That Can Cost You the Attorney-Client Privilege (April 2017)
  • Panel member 2018 American College Construction Lawyers; Building a Compliance Wall: Transnational Compliance, Investigations, and Enforcement in the Construction Industry (February 2018)

Court Admissions

California – U.S. District Court – Northern District of California

California – Supreme Court of the State of California

California – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Texas – Supreme Court of the State of Texas

Community Activities

Planning Commission, Town of Los Gatos, California 1998-2000 Chairman (2000)

Building Industry Association, South Bay Division  1990-1992 Director

Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara 1987-1998 Judge Pro Tem

Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara 1987-1998 Settlement Referee

Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara – Civil Division – Law and Motion/Discovery calendar 1995-1998 Judge Pro Tem

ABA (Forum Committee on the Construction Industry) 2003-Present

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