Bruce McCandless

Bruce McCandless, III

Phone:(512) 480.5100
Location: Austin
Bar Admissions: District of Columbia, New York, Texas
Court Admissions: United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Bruce McCandless III helps companies and individuals navigate the increasingly complicated body of law and regulations that govern business in Texas. “My goal,” he explains, “is not only to understand what the law says but also to figure out why it says it, in terms of past perceived harms and proposed policy goals—and to communicate this information to the client. I’ve found that most clients are willing to work hard to get to an amicable resolution of differences with the regulator. Usually, that’s the best choice for all concerned. But sometimes conflict is unavoidable, and we’re here to help with that too.”


Bruce is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and an enforcement attorney for the Texas Department of Insurance. At TDI, he handled discrimination, unauthorized insurance, rebating, and advertising actions against insurance companies, corporate agencies and individual agents. With the Attorney General’s Office, he prosecuted cases, including licensing and dram shop liability matters, for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Drawing on his experience with the Attorney General’s Office and TDI, Bruce now specializes in representing individuals and corporate entities before agencies of the State of Texas and in the state’s district and appellate courts, with special emphasis on insurance regulatory matters.

He has practiced before TDI, the TABC, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, TDI’s Division of Workers’ Compensation, the Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. On the corporate side, Bruce McCandless has handled insurer acquisitions, withdrawals, dissolutions and agency licensing matters, and has represented a number of insurers in Open Records Act matters before TDI and the Attorney General’s Office. As counsel for the Texas Title Insurance Guaranty Association, he has advised the Association on the resolution of over a hundred and fifty lender and property-owner claims occasioned by the failure of Texas title insurance agents, and more recently, a large Virginia title insurance company.


  • University of Texas at Austin J.D. (1989)
  • University of Reading, UK M.A. (1984)
  • University of Texas at Austin B.A., with high Honors (1983)


  • Member, Austin Public Library Friends Foundation Board of Directors (2015)
  • Member, Zilker Theatre Productions Board of Directors (2005-2008), President (2008)
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Avid runner and cyclist - winner Dirty Du Sprint Duathlon (Smithville, Texas) (2010)
  • Speaker on legal topics to organizations including the Texas Association of Life/Health Insurers, Southwest Insurance Information Services, and the Texas Department of Insurance

News & Articles



Author (with Pati McCandless), “Politics, Policy, and Administrative Powers: Understanding Dual Regulation of Health Insurance in Texas,” 15 TEX. TECH ADMIN. LAW JOURNAL 143 (Fall 2013).