Kimberly A. Shields

Kimberly A. Shields

520 Capitol Mall
Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916.565.0300
Fax: 916.565.1636

580 California Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415.788.1900
Fax: 415.393.8087

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Primary Practice Areas

Employment Law

Architects & Engineers

Real Estate/HOA/Condominiums

Professional Liability


  • All the Courts of the State of California
  • Federal District Court for the State of California, Northern and Southern Districts


  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., International Relations, University of California, Davis with honors

Kimberly A. Shields


Ms. Shields is a Shareholder at Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney in their San Francisco and Sacramento offices. Her practice emphasizes the defense of public entities, private entities and corporations against employment suits involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination in state and federal courts, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and other administrative agencies. Ms. Shields is a provider of Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training pursuant to AB 1825, and offers this service to her clients throughout the State of California. She routinely provides outside counsel services to clients in connection with wage and hour issues and advises employers on handbook policies and procedures.

Ms. Shields routinely defends California Homeowners' Associations and their corporate officers. She also represents architects, engineers and design professionals in professional negligence suits. Through her background in defending developers, general contractors and subcontractors in construction defect litigation, Ms. Shields has a wide breadth of knowledge concerning AIA contract documents, environmental initiatives such as LEED and CALGreen and industry standards, customs and practice. Ms. Shields provides presentations to her design professional clients regarding effective risk management strategies for avoiding and mitigating claims of malpractice. Ms. Shields has been recognized as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in 2018-2021.

Representative Matters

  • Represented hotel group in sexual harassment and wrongful termination case, settled favorably on the eve of trial.
  • Professional liability/construction defect action involving claims of architect malpractice for alleged negligent design and supervision, settled favorably on the eve of trial.
  • Discrimination, wrongful termination and whistleblower case, settled favorably prior to filing of formal complaint by plaintiff.
  • Represented subcontractor in multi-million dollar construction defect action, resolved favorably after filing dispositive motion.

Professional Contributions

Ms. Shields is a member of the California State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Institute of Architects (San Francisco) – Allied. She is also an avid volunteer at the University of San Francisco School of Law's annual Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Ms. Shields is an active participant in the Association of Professional Women, an organization within Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney.

Selected Publications

  • Duty and the Design Professional, Defense Research Institute's The Voice, September 2014
  • Avoid the Noid: An Employer's Guide to Drafting Social Media Plans, Bloomberg BNA Social Media Law & Policy Report, July 2012
  • Legal Ease: 4 Steps Design Professionals can take to Manage and Minimize Risk in Green and Sustainable Building Projects, Environmental Design & Construction, August 2012
  • Coming Home: Dealing With USERRA's Negative Implications, which appeared in the California Employment Law Letter in 2008

Selected Presentations

  • Recent Trends in Miscellaneous Professional Liability Claims, Co-presented with Janet L. Everson, Internal Insurance Client Presentation, New York, May 2017
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, Co-presented with Adrian Lambie to attorneys and managers, San Francisco, November 2016
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, presented to supervisorial employees of hotel group, June 2016
  • Effective Risk Management for Design Professionals, presented to architectural design firm, March 2015
  • Emerging Topics in Legal Malpractice Defense, co-presented to attorney and CPA clients, June 2014

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