Bruce J. Klores, Esq.

Phone: 202-628-8100

Bruce J. Klores has been a trial lawyer for over 30 years. He is a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, invitation-only organizations that limit memberships to the top 1% of trial lawyers. Mr. Klores represents victims of professional and medical negligence nationwide. He has won verdicts and settlements of well over $275 million.

Raised in a working class household, in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Klores today remains dedicated to the underdog. He advocates on behalf of his clients to protect their rights before the U.S. Congress, D.C. City Council and other legislative bodies. He has worked tirelessly to revise and rewrite laws that affect his clients’ ability to pursue justice in the courtroom.

Mr. Klores firmly believes that reputations are earned by hard work, discipline and integrity. As a firm renowned for understanding what it takes to win, it is often former clients, physicians, other lawyers, judges and even hospital risk managers that refer matters to the firm. The firm focuses on trusted relationships, not commercial marketing and television advertising. Whether medical malpractice or professional negligence, Mr. Klores stays closely involved with each case.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Klores held a variety of jobs, ranging from teaching high school social studies and coaching basketball in rural Maine, to selling hot dogs at the Statue of Liberty. These instructive and rewarding jobs fed Mr. Klores’ passion for helping others, which soon led to the formation of his own firm. In 1983, with just one case, Mr. Klores opened his firm in a brownstone basement office in the building his firm now occupies in the historic Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Thirty years later, Mr. Klores still embraces each case and client matter with the same enthusiasm and commitment.

Mr. Klores is committed to fostering the quality of life for those who work in the firm as well as those who live in the Washington, D.C. area. In 2002, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia awarded the law firm the “Quality of Life Award,” recognizing the firm’s exceptional treatment of its employees. The United Planning Organization has awarded the firm the prestigious “Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporate Community Service Award” for its work with disadvantaged children. Prior awardees of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award were corporate giants such as PEPCO and Safeway.

Mr. Klores is a frequent speaker, writer and instructor in the field of trial practice and medical malpractice litigation. He is a former adjunct professor of law at his alma mater, Catholic University. He also chairs the popular “Medicine for Lawyers” program and works closely with some of the finest physicians throughout the country in order to achieve the best result for his clients.

Mr. Klores is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. He is Past President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and The Counsellors.

Mr. Klores has been married to the former Irene Patellis, a former professional ballet dancer, since 1984. The Klores family is blessed to have twins, Steven and Molly.

Awards, Honors &
Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., President, 1996; 1998-1999
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyers (Top 100)
  • Best Lawyers, Since 1995
  • Av® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Corporate Community Service Award
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia “Quality of Life Award”
  • US News & World Report: Top Tier

Practice Areas

  • Birth Injuries
  • Professional Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Military Medical Malpractice
  • Resolution Strategy


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Brandeis University, B.A., Political Science, 1976