Timothy J. Halloran

Timothy J. Halloran

580 California Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415.788.1900
Fax: 415.393.8087

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Primary Practice Areas

Business Law

Civil Litigation

Elder Law

Personal Injury

Professional Liability

Real Estate

Trademark / Copyright


  • All courts in the State of California
  • Federal District Court for the State of California, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Timothy J. Halloran

Managing Shareholder

Mr. Halloran is the managing partner of Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney. For over thirty years, he has tried cases throughout California to verdict on a wide range of subjects. Some examples include Professional Liability: real estate brokers, lawyers, doctors, dentists, insurance agents; Trademark/Copyright: celebrity use of photos, name and image; Business litigation: investor fraud, real estate fraud, partnership dispute; Personal Injury: elder abuse, auto and/or bus accidents. Mr. Halloran brings his passionate belief in our jury system to his clients. His clients receive the attention and commitment they deserve. They also receive guidance to make informed choices about settlement and resolution of matters when needed.

Acutely aware that every case has the potential to go to trial, Mr. Halloran is always mindful of the need for ongoing analysis of the risks in litigation, the benefits of settlement, and the need to be ready when called upon to try the case to verdict. He combines trial proficiency and strategic acumen to provide clients a broad range of options for reaching resolution.


  • Mr. Halloran was featured in the Bar Association of San Francisco's CLE Bulletin as the October 2016 Member Spotlight.
  • Mr. Halloran is honored to have been recognized for his service to clients and his courtroom work. He is recognized by the California State Bar as a Certified Specialist in legal malpractice law. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), he is a Board Certified member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
  • Mr. Halloran is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, it's highest ranking, and he has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyer list every year from 2004-2021.
  • Mr. Halloran has served as a settlement attorney for the SF Bar Association and acts as a mediator in professional liability matters.

Representative Matters

  • Greg Young Publishing, Inc. v. Zazzle, Inc. (2017) – Copyright infringement case that went to trial. The demand at trial was $2.1 million for statutory damages. The jury awarded approximately $450,000, which the court then reduced to approximately $350,000, both substantially less than what was offered prior to trial.
  • Barnett v. Plastiras (2017) – Bifurcated trial for negligent supervision related to employee embezzlement. Obtained a defense judgment against the $3 million complaint and prevailed on indemnity cross-complaint for defense fees and costs.
  • Goodman v. Stevenson (2014) – Fee Dispute Verdict for Client.
  • Antoine v. Florida (2013) – Investor Fraud Verdict for Client.
  • Barnett v. Hillyard (2012) – Represented attorney in legal malpractice case; the verdict against client was $500,000 – less than CCP § 998 by Plaintiff which was $2.3M.
  • Antoine v. Florida (2012) – Investor fraud; represent physician in action against real estate fraud scam. Plaintiff verdict, $350,000 for client.
  • Brown v. Wald (2011) – Broker malpractice case; settled during deliberations, for less than pre-trial demand.
  • Nicholas v. Millstein (2010) – Legal malpractice case arising out of a family law matter. Nonsuit. Defense verdict.
  • Hogue v. Ford (2009) – Lawyers professional liability case. Following the closing of all evidence, the Court rendered a nonsuit as to 11 causes of action in favor of MPBF client. Pre-trial demand of $800,000. Defense judgment.
  • Alvarado v. Verdugo / Ortiz v. Verdugo (2009) – Combined wrongful death and personal injury action. Defense of security guard company. Pretrial demand over $300,000. Resolved for less than $100,000 after motions in limine.
  • Mountz v. Whiting (2007) – Legal malpractice claim, family law matter, pretrial settlement demand $1.3 million, defense verdict.
  • Greene Archives v. Julien's (2007) – Federal copyright infringement jury trial, copyright claims regarding Marilyn Monroe photographs, pretrial demand $1.8 million, defense verdict.

Professional and Community Contributions

Mr. Halloran is an active member in his home city, San Francisco, and coaches high school basketball, is a volunteer with the San Francisco AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), for which he received a lifetime achievement award. In addition, Mr. Halloran has served as a settlement attorney for the SF Bar Association and acts as a mediator in professional liability matters.

Selected Publications

  • Navigating the Black Hole of California's Mediation Confidentiality Statutes, co-authored with Jonathan M. Blute, San Francisco Attorney, Fall 2018
  • Review Your Business Entity to Minimize Your Malpractice Exposure, Plaintiff Magazine, Co-Authored with Karen K. Stromeyer, November 2015
  • Private Lawsuits, Public Lawyers, Plaintiff Magazine, Co-Authored with Karen K. Stromeyer, November 2014
  • Never Settle For A Simple Settlement Agreement, Plaintiff Magazine, Co- Authored with Karen K. Stromeyer, October 2012
  • Don't End up in the Worst Chair in the Room: Tips from legal malpractice defense counsel, Plaintiff Magazine, Co-Authored with Karen K. Stromeyer, October 2011

Selected Presentations

  • Attorney Malpractice Panel Event, Asian-American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, San Francisco, CA, August 8, 2018
  • The Business of a Trust & Estates Practice - Practical Guide for Sole Practitioners and Small Firm, Co-presented with Susan Kilano, Ahern Insurance, California Lawyers Association, San Francisco, CA, June 29, 2018
  • 50 States of Grey: Protect Yourself From the Last of Elder Financial Abuse Statutes, Co-presented with Karen Stromeyer at Private Client, New York, NY, May 30, 2018
  • Intellectual Property Litigation: An Introduction, presented to private insurance carrier client, co-presented with Keith G. Adams, February 23, 2018
  • 50 States of Grey: Protect Yourself from the Lash of Elder Abuse Statues, American Bar Association National Legal Malpractice Conference, panel discussion, April 28, 2016 in New Orleans, LA
  • Elder Abuse in Legal Malpractice, 2016, American Bar Association, New Orleans, LA

Published Appellate Decisions

  • Stine v. Dell'Osso, et al., 230 Cal.App.4 th 834 (2014), Court of Appeal of California, First District, Division One, October 17, 2014 – Issue of Attorney Obligation as Counsel for Conservator.
  • Siebel v. Mittlesteadt, et al., 62 Cal.Rptr.3d 155 (2007), Supreme Court of California, July 16, 2007
  • State Farm General Insurance Company v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., et al., 49 Cal.Rptr.3d 785 (2006), Court of Appeal of California, First District, Division Four, October 10, 2006
  • Levin v. Ligon, et al., 45 Cal.Rptr.3d 560 (2006), Court of Appeal of California, First District, Division Two, June 30, 2006 – Defined Scope of Foreign Judgments for Collateral Estoppel.
  • Siebel v. Mittlesteadt, et al., 12 Cal.Rptr.3d 906 (2004), Court of Appeal, Sixth District, May 6, 2004
  • Jeffrey H. v. Imai, Tadlock & Keeney, et al., 101 Cal.Rptr.2d 916 (2000), Court of Appeal of California, First District, Division One, December 8, 2000

Unpublished Appellate Decisions

  • Lico v. Prioste, et al., California Court of Appeal, First District (2017) – Defeated appeal of summary judgment dismissing legal malpractice complaint on statute of limitations grounds.
  • Greg Young Publishing, Inc. v. Zazzle, Inc., Case No. 2:16-cv- 04587-SVW- KS, United States District Court, C.D. California, January 31, 2017
  • Deep Photonics Corporation v. LaChapelle, et al., 282 Or.App.533, Court of Appeals of Oregon, November 30, 2016
  • Kainth, et al. v. Pannell, Case No. F065783, Court of Appeal of California, Fifth District, December 11, 2014
  • Brighton Collectibles, Inc. v. RK Texas Leather MFG.; K & L Imports, Inc., et al., 923 F.Supp.2d 1245 (2013), United States District Court, S.D. California, February 12, 2013
  • Van Maanen v. Youth With A Mission-Bishop, 852 F.Supp.2d 1232 (2012), United States District Court, E.D. California, February 14, 2012
  • In Re: Edward H. Okun Internal Revenue Service § 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange Litigation. Hunter, et al. v. Citibank, N.A., et al., Case Nos. 5:09- md-02028- JW, 09-cv- 02079 JW, United States District Court, N.D. California, San Jose Division, January 20, 2011
  • Franciscan Resident Advisory Committee, et al. v. Linc Housing Corporation, et al., Case No. C 10-01087 JW, United States District Court, N.D. California, San Francisco Division, August 24, 2010
  • Franciscan Mobile Home Owners for Justice, et al. v. Linc Housing Corporation, et al., Case No. CV 101087 JW, United States District Court, D. California, San Jose Division, August 11, 2010
  • Wolk v. Green, 516 F.Supp.2d 1121 (2007), United States District Court, N.D. California, August 22, 2007
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