Federal District Court for the State of California, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
Pro Hac Vice
United States District Court
Southern District of New York
Western District of Kentucky
Northern District of Illinois
State of Washington
State of Oregon
State of Nevada
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
BS, St. Mary's College of California U. Jerome Griffin medal as ranking member in Department of Economics
JD, University of California, Davis, Order of the Coif
James A. Murphy
Mr. Murphy has tried in excess of 75 jury trials to verdict. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Cal-ABOTA), the National Board of Trial Advocates, and is a Certified Specialist in legal malpractice by The State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Murphy is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He represents lawyers sued for malpractice nationwide. Mr. Murphy was a consultant to the professional malpractice chapters in Bancroft-Whitney’s California Civil Practice, Torts.
His practice also includes the representation of judges in disciplinary proceedings before the California Commission on Judicial Performance. He is the past Chair of the State Bar of California Board of Specialization Legal Malpractice Consulting Group.
Mr. Murphy also counsels Directors and Officers relative to their duties and responsibilities under California and federal law and represents corporations, directors and officers in litigation matters.
In addition to his professional liability and D & O practice, Mr. Murphy has litigated and tried cases involving software licenses, copyright and patent issues, and unfair competition.
Mr. Murphy is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and was voted one of the Top 100 Lawyers of the Northern California SuperLawyers. Additionally, in 2016, Mr. Murphy received the Lifetime Achievement Membership among America's Top 100 Attorneys.
Mr. Murphy is a member of the following professional associations.
American Board of Trial Advocates
National Board of Trial Advocates
American College of Trial Lawyers
American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
American Arbitration Association
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
Consultant to Bancroft-Whitney, California Civil Practice, Professional Malpractice
Lifetime Achievement Membership - America's Top 100 Attorneys
Select Published Appellate Decisions
Schultze v. Chandler, 765 F.3d 945, United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit, August 1, 2014
Nemecek & Cole, et al. v. Steven J. Horn, 208 Cal.App. 4th 641, 145 Cal. Rptr. 3d, California Court of Appeals, Second District, Division Eight, July 23, 2012
Desert Outdoor Advertising v. The Superior Court of San Francisco City and County, 196 Cal.App.4th 866, 127 Cal.Rptr.3d 158, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One, June 17, 2011
Obert v. Republic Western Insurance Company, 398 F.3d 138, United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, February 18, 2005
Mussier v. Provencher, 28 Cal. 4th 274, 121 Cal. Rptr.2d 373, Supreme Court of California, June 27, 2002
Gianini v. Lee (1995) 36 Cal.App.4th 60
Republic Western Insurance Company v. Spierer, Woodward, Willens, Denis and Furstman, 68 F.3d 347, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth District, October 17, 1995
Baumer v. Pachl, 8F.3d 1341 (9th Cir. 1993)
U.S. Roofing, Inc. v. Credit Alliance Corp, et al., 228 Cal.App.3d 1431, 279 Cal. Rptr. 533, California Court of Appeals, Third District, March 29, 1991