Michael P. Bradley

Founding Shareholder


All Courts of the State of California

9th Circuit Court of Appeal

U.S. Federal District Courts for the State of California, Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts

  • Profile
  • Experience
  • Recognitions
  • Affiliations
  • Education

A founding shareholder of Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney, Michael brings significant experience as an accomplished trial lawyer. In 2016, CAL-ABOTA (the California chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates) elected him as “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” considered the most prestigious award that a California trial lawyer can receive. In 2021, he was honored by SF ABOTA with the Don E. Bailey Civility & Professionalism.

Michael handles all forms of civil litigation, with particular emphasis on professional and fiduciary malpractice and the defense of catastrophic injury cases. He has tried more than 45 cases to jury verdict.  Recognized by the California State Bar as a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice law, he is highly respected by his peers in the legal profession and is regularly called on to represent some of the best lawyers and firms in California, as well as a wide variety of other clients whose interests require courtroom excellence.  He also serves as national trial counsel for a major mass tort defendant.

In addition to his litigation practice, Michael has represented clients in a variety of business transactional matters, ranging from the representation of founders in their corporate initial public offering to providing legal counseling in multimillion dollar business purchases; including golf courses, software ventures, hotels and power plants. He has negotiated and drafted various corporate business contracts, including licensing, employment contracts, franchising and joint venture agreements.

  • Represented an Academy Award winning sound studio, obtaining an eight figure judgment against its insurer
  • Has tried over 45 cases ranging from personal injury to complex business disputes to jury verdicts
  • Recovered over $40 million for the minority owner of a California wine company against the majority owner
  • Served as managing shareholder of MPBF for 25 years
  • Has served as national trial counsel for a major mass tort defendant for 30 years
  • Has served on numerous boards of directors, charitable and for profit organizations
  • SF ABOTA, Don E. Bailey Civility & Professionalism honor, 2021
  • CALABOTA, Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement Membership, 2016
  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent is a
    Certification Mark used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell®
    certification procedures, standards and policies)
  • California State Bar, Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine (2004 – present)
  • California American Board of Trial Advocates (CAL-ABOTA)
    • President, 2016
  • San Francisco Chapter American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • President, 2011
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow
  •  San Francisco Superior Court Mandatory Settlement Conference Program
    • Judicial Officer
  • San Francisco Women’s Rehabilitation Foundation
    • Board of Trustees, Member
    • Past president
  • Marine Corps Military Academy, Harlingen, Texas
    • Board of Trustees
  • The Guardsmen of San Francisco
    • Board of Directors, Former Member
  • California State Bar
    • Committee on Professional Liability insurance, former Vice Chair

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

B.A., University of New Hampshire, summa cum laude