Bruce Dravis is a lawyer at Downey Brand, LLP in Sacramento, California. He has represented publicly traded corporations, privately held corporations, and investors in a range of industries. He writes and speaks extensively on corporate governance and on developing companies, particularly venture capital backed companies.
He was a partner at Downey Brand LLP, a 130-attorney California-based law firm, from 2001-2012. Prior to that he served as General Counsel for a publicly traded semiconductor firm that was acquired by Intel.
He currently lives in the Chicago area. He acts of counsel to Downey Brand, and also is available for consultation on corporate governance and other business matters on an independent basis.
His first book, The Role of Independent Directors After Sarbanes-Oxley, was published by the American Bar Association in 2007, and has been revised as The Role of Independent Directors in Corporate Governance (ABA, 2010). His second book, Your Billable Life, was published by Kaplan in 2008. He also contributed a chapter on business planning to the Emerging Company Guidebook, now in its second edition, and to Corporate Governance Failures (UPenn Press, 2011).
He is former co-chair of the California State Bar corporations committee, and serves as publications chair of the the ABA committee on corporate governance.
He has served on numerous non-profit boards.