William A. Muñoz

William A. Muñoz

520 Capitol Mall
Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916.565.0300
Fax: 916.565.1636


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Primary Practice Areas

Catastrophic Injury

Civil Litigation

Employment Law

Professional Liability

Real Estate

Admissions

  • All State and Federal courts in the State of California
  • All State and Federal courts in the State of Nevada
  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Dispute Resolution Conference Judge for El Dorado County Superior Court

Education

  • J.D., Hamline University, School of Law in St. Paul, MN, cum laude
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Davis

William A. Muñoz

Shareholder

Mr. Muñoz is the managing shareholder of the firm's Sacramento office and is licensed to practice in California and Nevada. He practices in state and federal court, primarily focusing on the defense of professionals, including attorneys, real estate agents/brokers, real estate appraisers, and insurance brokers. He counsels his clients on matters such as general liability, as well as defending them in employment matters, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and wage claims.

Mr. Muñoz also advises and counsels employers on employment related issues including employee handbooks, offer letters, separation agreements, sexual harassment training, workplace investigations, and defends employers in wrongful termination/harassment, wage and hour and discrimination claims.

Highlights

  • Mr. Muñoz is a certified specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by the California State Board of Specialization.
  • Mr. Muñoz has been listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year from 2012 through 2017.
  • Recognized in Sacramento Magazine's Top Lawyer List as the sole attorney under Professional Malpractice and one of six attorneys recognized under Legal Malpractice.

Professional and Community Contributions

Mr. Muñoz has also presented and co-authored on employment-related issues for the Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA), such as workplace investigations. He also appeared at Strafford Publishing's Security Teleconference, speaking on the subject "Pre-Employment Screening - Effective Policies and Best Practices" in which he addressed the implications of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in pre-employment screening and background checks. His article How Far May a State Labor Law Reach? was published in the Winter 2012 In-House Defense Quarterly for the Defense Research Institute.

Mr. Muñoz is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, and of the American Bar Association Professional Liability Litigation and Employment and Labor Relations Law Committees. He also serves on the Defense Research Institute Professional Liability Committee and Labor and Employment Section.

Mr. Muñoz serves as a Director for the Association of Defense Counsel for Northern California and Nevada. He also serves as the Vice-Chair for the Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization responsible for preparing and grading the legal malpractice legal specialization examination as well as assessing the qualifications of potential applicants seeking the legal malpractice specialization designation.

Selected Publications

  • You Have Landed the Client, Now What? Formulating the Attorney-Client Relationship, published in the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada's Defense Comment, Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 2017.
  • To Accept or Not to Accept a New Client, published in the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada's Defense Comment, Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 2017.
  • Defending Legal Malpractice Claims in California and Nevada - A Day at the Beach or Stranded in the Desert?, published in the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada's Defense Comment, Spring 2015.
  • Cassel v. Superior Court - The California Supreme Court Rejects Attorney Malpractice Exception to Mediation Confidentiality published in the March 14, 2011 edition of the Defense Research Institute's Professional Liability Committee quarterly electronic newsletter Riding the E & O Line, and Westlaw Journal, Professional Liability, Volume 21, Issue A (September 2011).
  • How Far May a State Labor Law Reach?, In-House Defense Quarterly for the Defense Research Institute, Winter 2012.

Selected Presentations

  • Enforceability of Advance Conflict Waivers, Presented at Argo Pro Lawyers' Professional Liability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 28 – 29, 2017
  • Mr. Muñoz has presented seminars for the Sacramento County Law Library and the San Joaquin County Bar Association Family Law Committee on practical ways to avoid malpractice claims and other ethical issues.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 2016 Professional Liability in Review, Presented at Defense Research institute Professional Liability Conference, New York, NY, December 8-9, 2016
  • Trying a Case and Strategies for Handling Legal Malpractice Cases: Emerging Trial Issues, New Defenses and Novel Ideas, and a Brief Examination of Circumstances under which It Can Be Appropriate to Admit Negligence?, Presented at American Conference Institute's Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice, New York, NY, October 24-25, 2016
  • Mr. Muñoz has also presented and co-authored on employment-related issues for the Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (SAHRA), such as workplace investigations. He also appeared at Strafford Publishing's Security Teleconference, speaking on the subject "Pre-Employment Screening - Effective Policies and Best Practices" in which he addressed the implications of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in pre-employment screening and background checks. His article How Far May a State Labor Law Reach? was published in the Winter 2012 In-House Defense Quarterly for the Defense Research Institute.
  • Additionally, Mr. Muñoz has discussed discovery issues before the Continuing Education of the Bar Committee, in presentations such as, "Discovery: Planning, Strategy & Dealing with Abusive Discovery Tactics" (July 2008) and "Getting the Most out of Discovery" (July 2009).
  • Understanding Cyber Risk and Your LMIC Policy, Co-presented with Simone McCormick, sponsored by Lawyers' Mutual Insurance Company, Burbank, CA, July 2015

Published Appellate Decisions

  • Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians v. Crosby, et al. 2016 WL 6094468 (E.D.Cal. Oct. 19, 2016) — Motion to dismiss complaint pursuant to
  • Brazill v. California Northstate College of Pharmacy, LLC, 949 F.Supp.2d 1011, United States District Court, E.D. California, June 5, 2013 — Motion to dismiss pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P 12(b)(6) granted on Plaintiff's False Claims Act
  • Seabright Insurance Company v. US Airways, Inc., 52 Cal.4 th 590, 129 Cal.Rptr.3d 601, Supreme Court of California, August 22, 2011 — amicus curiae Air Transport Association, Inc. on behalf of Respondent U.S. Airways
  • Riley v. Giguiere, et al., 631 F.Supp.2d 1295, United States District Court, E.D. California, June 19, 2009 — Partial summary judgment granted on claims against attorney for alleged violations of Fair Debt Collections Practices Act

Academic Distinctions

  • Managing editor of the Hamline Law Review at Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN
State Bar of California

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