Bruce Ramer
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Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman



Legend has it that Steven Spielberg named the mechanical shark in his 1975 blockbuster “Jaws” “Bruce” in honor of Ramer, which is rather unfair given its propensity for breaking down behind the scenes. In real life, he is more like the shark as portrayed onscreen: an unstoppable force. He remains Spielberg’s lawyer to this day, and his loyal stable of clients also includes Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, David O. Russell, Richard Curtis and Ted Melfi. A USC trustee, he chairs the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and sits on the boards of the Peabody Awards, the Center for the Digital Future, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games and the National Archives Foundation.


  • Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman
  • Corporation For Public Broadcasting
  • American Jewish Committee


  • Princeton University (NJ, USA)
  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Legal Impact
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Bruce Ramer Re-Appointed to Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board

Bruce Ramer Re-Appointed to Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board

Top showbiz attorney Bruce Ramer has been reappointed to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the nonprofit org that administers federal funding for public broadcasting.Ramer, a partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, was elected chair of the CPB board in October. He previously served as board chair from 2010-2012. His new term runs through 2024.Also elected to the CPB board last week were Janice Miriam Hellreich, a speech pathologist from Hawaii who is a long-serving member...



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“When a client called and said: I've been convicted in absentia in Egypt and sentenced to death. What should I do? My answer: Stay out of Egypt.”

What or who inspires you?

“My wife, Madeline Ramer; Winston Churchill.”

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