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Bruce N. Anticouni

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  • Attorney at law
  • Founder


Santa Barbara, CA





Mr. Anticouni established Anticouni & Associates in 1979. Prior to establishing his own firm, Bruce Anticouni was a Trial Attorney at the National Labor Relations Board from 1971 to 1974 where he litigated and tried cases under the Taft Hartley Act before the Federal District Courts and the United States Courts of Appeal. He was Employment Counsel and later, Vice President and General Counsel, of a New York Stock Exchange company which employed over 50,000 Employees in over 1300 retail locations throughout the United States from 1974 to 1979.

Mr. Anticouni obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from California State College at Long Beach.

Mr. Anticouni has received a LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® rating of AV Preeminent®. AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers and judges rank him or her at the highest level of professional and ethical excellence. He was once again named one of the California's top rated lawyers by the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle in 2013-2022. Mr. Anticouni is rated "Superb" (10.0 out of 10.0) by AVVO and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Employment Lawyers in California by the National Advocates in 2015-2022.

Mr. Anticouni is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and is often called upon to perform workplace investigations as an independent investigator. Mr. Anticouni also provides counsel for employers regarding employers' rights, drafting employee handbooks and related employee documents, and regulatory compliance.

Mr. Anticouni serves as a Special Settlement Master in Santa Barbara Superior Court.

Areas Of Practice

  • Workplace Law and Related Litigation
  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court
  • Supreme Court of California
  • California State Courts and Courts of Appeal


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • Juris Doctorate
  • California State College, Long Beach
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Philosophy

Honors And Awards

  • Settlement Master in the Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • Martindale-Hubbell® rating of AV Preeminent®
  • California’s top rated lawyers by the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Rated "Superb" 10 out of 10 by AVVO
  • Top 100 Employment Lawyer in California by National Advocates

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Employment Law Project
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Watch
  • ACLU
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court, Special Settlement Master
  • American Bar Association
  • Environmental Defense Center

Past Employment Positions

  • National Labor Relations Board in Los Angeles, California, Trial Attorney, 1971 to 1974
  • New York Stock Exchange Company, Employment Counsel/Vice President/General Counsel, 1974 to 1979

Pro Bono Activities

  • Workplace Fairness
  • Domestic Violence Solutions
  • Direct Relief International
  • Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
  • Shelter Services for Women
  • Environmental Defense Center
  • Mental Health Association
  • Legal Aid Foundation
  • Marymount School
  • Sansum Diabetes Foundation