Janet L. Everson

Janet L. Everson

580 California Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415.788.1900
Fax: 415.393.8087

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Primary Practice Areas

Professional Liability



  • All Federal and State Courts of the State of California as of December 2000
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • L.L.M. in Taxation, Golden Gate University
  • J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • B.A., San Diego State University

Janet L. Everson


Ms. Everson is a civil litigation attorney focusing her practice on professional liability defense and general business litigation. Ms. Everson is recognized by the California State Bar as a Certified Specialist in legal malpractice law. Ms. Everson counsels individual lawyers and accountants, law firms, accounting firms, corporate directors and officers, trustees and fiduciaries. In addition to defending professionals in litigation, Ms. Everson routinely deals directly with the federal and state tax authorities correcting late elections, reducing or eliminating penalties or otherwise mitigating damages before litigation is commenced.

Ms. Everson has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyer list from 2017 – 2021 and was previously a Rising Star from 2010 – 2012.

Prior to joining Murphy Pearson Bradley Feeney, Ms. Everson served as an adjunct professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law as the law school’s assistant coach for its 2000-2001 Mock Trial Team.

Professional and Community Contributions

Ms. Everson is a member of the American Bar Association, California State Bar Association, Alameda County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers of Alameda County. She is the founding member of the MPBF Association for Professional Women, and serves on the Boards of the Proctor Elementary School Science Boosters and Creekside Middle School Athletic Boosters. Ms. Everson is a former Vice Chair of the Accountants Specialized Litigation Group for DRI.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Are you Ready? Risk Management Thoughts for This Tax Season's Obstacle Course, Internal Insurance Client Presentation, January 14, 2019
  • Tax Claims, Defenses & Mitigation – Internal Insurance Client Presentation, Las Vegas, April 11, 2018
  • CPA as a Trustee – Presented to CalCPA Estate and Trust Planning Conference, July 17, 2017
  • Recent Trends in Miscellaneous Professional Liability Claims – Co-presented with Kimberly A. Shields, Internal Insurance Client Presentation, New York, May 2017
  • School of Risk Control Excellence – Co-Presented, CNA Insurance, December 1, 2016
  • Tax Damages and Defenses – presented to CPA clients, May 2016
  • Strategies for Difficult to Settle Cases – presented to clients, March 2016
  • Malpractice in Your International Tax Practice – Presented to CalCPA International Tax Conference, November, 2015
  • Ethical Issues and Avoiding Malpractice – Presented to East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, October 2015
  • Notable Legal Issues – Co-presented to attorneys and CPA clients, June 2014
  • How to Protect Your Firm This Tax Season – The ACA and More, January 2014
  • Malpractice Avoidance – Golden Gate University, October 2013
  • Defending Legal Malpractice Cases Based on Excess and Unpaid Judgments – ALADN Conference, Las Vegas, October 2013
  • The Applicable Standards for Preparation of Tax Returns – Co-presented to attorneys and CPA clients, March 2013
  • The Estate Planning Team – Co-presented to attorney and CPA clients, March 2013
  • Recent Trends in Risk Management for the International Tax Practitioner – Co-presented at CalCPA SF Chapter International Taxation Committee, January 2013
  • How to Avoid a Malpractice Claim – Featured speaker at the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley, November 2012
  • How to Avoid a Malpractice Claim – Featured speaker at the North Bay Society of Enrolled Agents, October, 2012
  • How to Avoid a Malpractice Claim – Featured speaker at the East Bay Society of Enrolled Agents, August 2012
  • How to Avoid a Malpractice Claim – Featured speaker at the Alameda County Estate Planning Council, May 2012
  • Tax Damages & Defenses – Co-presented to attorneys and CPA clients, April 2012
  • Form 706 Tax Training – Co-presented to attorneys and CPA clients, January 2012
  • Five Ways to Avoid a Legal Malpractice Claim – Featured speaker at the DRI Young Lawyers convention in Las Vegas, June 2009

Selected Appellate Decisions

  • Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. v. Advertising Display Systems, 2007 WL 2730399 – malicious prosecution defense
  • Hitchko v. Boreing, 2017 WL 2417906 – Trustee defense
  • Peter Knappe v. United States of America, 713 F.3d 1164, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, April 4, 2013
  • Sutter Insurance Company v. Applied Systems, Inc., 393 F.3d 722, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, December 28, 2004

Academic Distinctions

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Community Property
  • Cali Award for Excellence in Trusts
Janet L. Everson
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