Judge Bruce Gen Iwasaki received his B.A. magna cum laude from UCLA in 1972 and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1976. After graduation, he became a staff attorney at San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services during which time he passed the California bar in 1977. In 1980, he began working at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where he eventually became senior counsel. In 1988 he joined O’Melveny and Myers to work in complex business litigation where he stayed until going back to Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in 1997 to become executive director. Then, in 2006, he became a partner at Lim Ruger and Kim, focusing on commercial and tort litigation, where he remained until being appointed to the bench by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012. He has been a member of the Japanese American Bar Association, California Bar Foundation Board of Directors, Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee, City of Los Angeles Board of Taxi Cab Commissioners, President, The Advancement Project Board of Directors, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, American Bar Association Commission on Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, and Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees.


"Can Judges Fix American Healthcare?”. Los Angeles Lawyer. October 2010: 44.


Honoree at the 39th Annual Stand for Justice Gala

Public Interest Clearinghouse Opening Doors to Justice Award, 2008

John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2006

Inner City Law Center Humanitarian Award, 2005

Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness Honoree, 2005

State Bar of California Loren Miller Legal Services Award, 2004

UCLA School of Law Antonia Hernandez Public Interest Award, 1999

National Coalition for Redress and Reparations Fighting Spirit Award, 1997

ACLU Foundation of Southern California Pro Bono Civil Rights Award, 1996

Most Influential Lawyers in California, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1998

Southern California Super Lawyer, 2006-2009


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March 12, 2022 - 5th Annual Sorrell Trope Family Law Trial Institute Program

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Brown Names Eight to Local Bench, Including Muslim - Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Bruce Iwasaki Names to L.A. Superior Court - Rafu Shimpo

Legal Aid Infrastructure & Innovation Grants Selection Committee - California Access to Justice Commission

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Congratulations to Bruce Iwasaki - Japanese American National Museum