Bruce Laidlaw is a municipal law attorney, freelance writer and photographer. He received his law and undergraduate degrees at the University of Michigan where he was on the wrestling team. He also attended the Aix-Marseille Université in Aix-en-Provence, France. Laidlaw was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for community leaders to study at Dartmouth College. He studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico and San Jose, Costa Rica. He has been the attorney for the City of Ann Arbor, numerous townships and public libraries and one village.
Laidlaw resides, with his wife and two cats, in Ann Arbor, Michigan and near the Village of Eastport in northern Michigan. He has competed in running and cross-country ski marathons and in nordic biathlons. He also dabbles at sailing, windsurfing, rollerblading, kayaking, SUP boarding, badminton and geocaching.