March 20, 1893|
|Died||January 29, 1980
Manhattan, New York City
|Alma mater||Harvard Law School
|Employer||Cravath, Swaine & Moore|
He was the son of Peter Brewster Bromley (1861–1926) and Sarah Suydam (Ditmas) Bromley (1857–1936). He graduated from Michigan University in 1914, and then entered Harvard Law School, but left to serve in the U. S. Navy during World War I. He received his law degree from Harvard after the war, was admitted to the bar in 1920, and commenced practice in New York City as assistant to Henry L. Stimson. He later joined the law firm that is now known as Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and stayed with it for more than 50 years. While at Cravath, he won big cases for IBM, Westinghouse Electric, Bethlehem Steel, General Motors, Esquire Magazine, and other corporate giants.
On January 14, 1949, he was appointed by Governor Thomas E. Dewey to the New York Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas D. Thacher. In November 1949, he was defeated by Democrat Charles W. Froessel when running for a full term.
In 1969, he appeared for the U.S. House of Representatives in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Powell v. McCormack, in which Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., questioned his exclusion from the House.
- Thomas D. Barr, a Cravath lawyer who ran the IBM case for 13 years
- The History of the New York Court of Appeals, 1932-2003 by Bernard S. Meyer, Burton C. Agata & Seth H. Agata (page 23)
- Court of Appeals judges at New York Courts History
- BROMLEY SELECTED FOR APPEALS BENCH in NYT on January 15, 1949 (subscription required)
- THE LAW; At The Bar in NYT on May 20, 1988
- Those #X!!! Lawyers in TIME Magazine on April 10, 1978
- Picture of Bruce Bromley in Washington Post on March 21, 2005
- Powell At The Supreme Court
-  John F. Manning, "Bruce Bromley Professor of Law," at Harvard University
- Bruce Bromley, 87, Former Judge on Appeals Court Obit in NYT on January 30, 1980 (subscription required)