Nicholas C. Larson

Nicholas C. Larson

1455 NW Leary Way
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206.219.2008
Fax: 206.489.5101

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

Complex Litigation / Mass Torts

Construction Law

Elder Law

Employment Law

Intellectual Property


Professional Liability


Real Estate

White Collar & Regulatory Defense


  • All Courts in the State of California
  • All Courts in the State of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • All Federal Courts in the State of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western Washington


  • J.D., University of San Francisco, Magna Cum Laude
  • M.A., Stanford University, Psychology, Psi Chi Honor Society
  • B.A., Stanford University, Public Policy and Psychology, Senior Class President

Nicholas C. Larson


Mr. Larson is the Managing Partner for the Seattle Office for Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney. In that capacity, he represents businesses, individuals, government agencies, and non-profits in all phases of civil litigation in Washington and California. His practice focuses on professional liability (representing attorneys, accountants, judges, real estate brokers, and insurance agents), white collar, corporate, real estate, and insurance litigation as well as government investigations. He also represents and advises professionals, executives, and businesses in internal investigations and civil and criminal proceedings involving State and Federal governmental agencies. His diverse practice also includes crisis-management, non- profit, construction, employment, IP, tax, and appellate work.


  • Mr. Larson was selected to the Northern California Rising Star list by Super Lawyers magazine every year from 2019 - 2021.
  • Prior to MPBF, Mr. Larson served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he led a team of policy analysts evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of government programs to help improve the performance and accountability of the U.S. government
  • Mr. Larson was a judicial extern for the Honorable William H. Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He was also the Symposium Editor on the Editorial Board of the USF Law Review. In addition, Mr. Larson was a Research Fellow in the USF Center for Law and Ethics.

Representative Matters

  • Represents numerous employees of several Fortune 200 companies in connection with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and parallel investigations by the SEC, OCC, and State Attorney General’s Offices.
  • Represented a leading deposit insurance organization seeking payment of insurance proceeds in connection with multiple lawsuits filed in several states against failed banks' directors and officers for negligence and breach of duty
  • Achieved a complete defense victory for non-profit and their volunteers in action for damages initiated by plaintiff that received pro bono services,
  • Represent commercial landlord in real estate matter with major municipality
  • Represent major insurance carrier in PNW natural disaster coverage action
  • Successfully resolved shareholder dispute for tech startup, and chief executive officers, with former company founder
  • Represented charter school in state department of education investigation
  • Successfully resolved trade secret misappropriation and violation of non- compete agreement litigation for national building materials company
  • Conducted internal investigation for Bay Area tech startup needed pre-IPO
  • Represented plaintiffs in complex multidistrict trademark and trade dress counterfeiting case with widespread sales of counterfeit dietary supplements

Professional and Community Contributions

Mr. Larson is a member of the American Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar (WSBA), and the State Bar of California.

Mr. Larson was appointed by the WSBA Board of Governors to serve on the WSBA Pro Bono and Public Service Committee. He is also the past Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Pro Bono and Community Service Committee. He volunteers as a judge for numerous Law School Moot Court Competitions, including those at the University of Washington and University of San Francisco.

He works with multiple nonprofit organizations that provide services to low-income families, including Hopelink and Tax-Aid. Mr. Larson received the Pro Bono Publico Award for community service while in law school.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Ethical Advice for Solo Practitioners & Doing Pro Bono Work, Co-Presented with Peter Weber and Adam Koss, San Francisco Bar Association, May 2013

Published Appellate Decisions

  • Trapp v. Naiman, 218 Cal.App.4 th 113, 159 Cal.Rptr.3d 462, California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, July 26, 2013

Academic Distinctions

  • Alpha Sigma Nu
  • McAuliffe Honor Society
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Ethics
  • USF Law Dean's Scholarship
  • Queen's Bench Agnes O'Brien Smith Scholarship
  • Douglas M. Raskin Memorial Scholarship
  • Arthur C. Zief Scholarship
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