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Client Alert – SCOTUS Issues Big Decision for California Employers in Viking Cruises case on Arbitration of Employee Claims

By: Senior Counsel I. Hooshie Broomand and Associate Collin Chandler Employers throughout California won a significant battle to protect their interests against the onslaught of cases involving California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA”) this week after the United State Superior Court handed down its opinion in the case of...

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2022 Director Elevations

Murphy Pearson is pleased to announce the elevation of Thomas F. Mazzucco, Christopher R. Ulrich and Joseph S. Leveroni to the positions of Directors. All three newly appointed directors bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm. Serving a wide range of practices, they have each forged...

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Expertise, Diversity & Growth Define Firm’s Seattle Office

Long before Zoom, virtual backgrounds and home offices, Murphy Pearson (MPBF) attorney Nick Larson needed to relocate from San Francisco and work remotely from Washington state. MPBF agreed to this arrangement on a trial basis. Nearly a decade later it is clear that this arrangement did not simply function,...

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Sacramento Office Expands Team

MPBF welcomes the additions of Senior Counsel I. Hooshie Broomand (University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law) and Associate Collin Chandler (UC Davis School of Law) to their Sacramento office this month. Hooshie’s practice includes general civil litigation with focuses on product defects, professional liability defense, construction, real estate,...

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Q & A with Nicole Engler: Re-Entering the Workforce 4 Kids and 15 Years Later

Attorney Overcomes Obstacles and Now Seeks to Inspire Mothers to Return to the Workforce It is the year 2005 and like many young working mothers, Nicole Engler has a tough decision to make- continue to pursue her passion working as an HR consultant or stay home to raise her...

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MPBF Welcomes Two New Associates

Murphy Pearson is pleased to announce the addition of attorneys Jayde Y. Logan and Tina L. Li in the firm’s Seattle and San Francisco offices, respectively. Jayde Logan received her B.A. from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and her J.D. from New England Law in Boston. Jayde was...

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Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, P.C. Rolls Out New Logo, Website

Update Marries Traditional Client Service Values with 21st Century Approach to Business Since 1978, Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney has been home to seasoned trial and business lawyers, and in the past four-plus decades, that “home” has expanded to include three additional West Coast offices and more than 50...

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Firm Begins 2022 With Addition of New Associates

Murphy, Pearson, Bradley and Feeney begins 2022 with the addition of new attorneys Liza Milanes (UC Hastings College of the Law), Michael Saenz (UC Berkeley School of Law), Chekwume Ufoegbune (University of San Francisco School of Law), Hollyanne Raymond (Seattle University) and Lauryn Robinson (University of the Pacific, McGeorge...

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2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Named

The firm wants to take a moment to recognize the prestigious group of our shareholders, directors, and associates who have been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Northern California. Each year, Super Lawyers Magazine publishes a list of the top 5% of lawyers in each state. Murphy, Pearson,...

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Employer’s Bid for Arbitration Denied Based on Unauthenticated E-Signature

The recent appellate decision on Griggs v. Guess?, Inc. provides us with important guidance on how courts will weigh evidence and determine the creditability of witnesses when deciding whether an electronic signature is valid or not. Read “Employer’s Bid for Arbitration Denied Based on Unauthenticated E-Signature” by Shareholder Patrick J....

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In Re Iran: Where International Politics Meet Transnational Law

Murphy Pearson Senior Trial Counsel Philip Kearney, who previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, an international war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations and as an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco will be a panelist...

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When Clients Attack: Legal options for responding to negative social media posts

Upset clients are an unfortunate reality of veterinary practices. No matter how experienced the veterinarian or how diligent the treatment, some clients still leave unhappy. In the age of social media, this unhappiness can lead to problems, even when the veterinarian’s care was entirely proper. Clients can use social...

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2021 Shareholder Elevations

Murphy Pearson is pleased to announce the elevation of Nicholas C. Larson and Heather A. Barnes, both previously Directors at the firm, and Philip J. Kearney, Senior Trial Counsel, to Firm Shareholders. “The firm is very pleased to announce that we have elected three new shareholders: Heather Barnes (Sacramento), Nick Larson (Seattle),...

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Honoring Women’s History Month with the Introduction of an All-Female Team at MPBF!

Ringing in the new year at midnight on January 1, 2021 looked quite different from previous years. Many people welcomed the changes that would come from the fresh start of a new calendar year. For Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, a California-based litigation firm, the ending of 2020 was...

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The impossibility of Brady: Compliance depends on imagination

Many know that lawyers are required to turn over non-privileged documents during discovery when the opposing party requests them to do so. Imagine, however, that the burden extends to proactively disclose information, even when there is no request and/or even when the lawyer is not aware of any evidence...

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Larson Re-Elected to Washington State Bar Pro Bono and Public Service Committee

Nicholas Larson, Managing Partner for the firm’s Seattle office, was recently re-elected co-chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Pro-Bono and Public Service Committee (PBPSC) for the third consecutive year. He contributed to the Bar Association’s monthly newsletter with an article highlighting some of the important work that...

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State Bar Offers Ethical Guidance on Third-Party Litigation Funding

On October 1st, the California State Bar issued Formal Opinion No. 2020-20, which addresses the ethical considerations for lawyers using third-party litigation funding in exchange for potential proceeds recovered in a lawsuit. “State Bar Offers Ethical Guidance on Third-Party Litigation Funding,” published in the Daily Journal on October 9,...

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Defense Judgement in Monterey County Superior Court

Judgment in Favor of Defense. Murphy Pearson attorneys, including John P. Girarde and Ebony Koger, obtained a defense judgment in favor of their accountancy firm client after successfully filing a demurrer to Cross-Complainant’s First Amended Cross-Complaint for equitable indemnity and declaratory relief. On July 10, 2020, the Monterey County Superior Court...

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U.S. v. Sanmina: A New Standard for Determining Waiver of Work Product Privilege

In its decision, United States v. Sanmina Corporation and Subsidiaries, 2020 DJDAR 8299, the court recognized the key distinctions between the invocation of the attorney-client privilege compared with the attorney work product privilege and when those privileges are waived, if at all. The 9th Circuit decision provides important case...

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The Post-Pandemic Litigation Surge: How to Prepare Your Restaurant for Covid-19 Litigation

The restaurant industry was one of the hardest hit industries of the Covid-19 shelter-in-place. As restaurants navigate partial and modified reopening, restaurant owners and managers are also faced with managing a magnitude of variables in their operations. Harlan Watkins and Geoff Macbride have a strong background in representing restaurant owners in a...

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Twenty Murphy Pearson Lawyers Recognized as Northern California Rising Star or Super Lawyers for 2020

Murphy Pearson is extremely proud of the prestigious group of our shareholders, directors, and associates who have been recognized by Super Lawyers. The 14 lawyers who have been acknowledged by Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2020 “Northern California Super Lawyer include”: Michael Bradley Adrian Driscoll Janet Everson Jason Fellner...

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HIPAA for Hippos? Navigating Veterinarian Confidentiality Laws in California

While HIPAA does not protect the confidentiality of veterinary medical records, California law does. California, along with many other states, have passed confidentiality laws which protect information related to veterinary care and impose steep criminal, civil, and disciplinary penalties for their violation. The law has numerous exceptions, which could...

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Erik Weiss Elevated to Shareholder

Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney is pleased to announce the elevation of Erik Weiss to Shareholder. Erik began his career at the firm in March 2006. Erik is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in complex civil litigation in a wide range of areas, frequently conducts investigations, and counsels businesses...

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Barnes, Zagari and Tagliere Elevated to Directors

Murphy Pearson Announces the Elevation of three Associates to Director: Heather Barnes, Dina Zagari, and Suzie Tagliere “MPB&F continues to foster the development of the next generation of attorneys and is proud that Dina, Heather, and Suzie have earned the elevation to Director status at the firm.” – Timothy...

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Demurrer Can Dispose of Legal Malpractice Claims Based on the Statute of Limitations Tolling Provision

When does the relationship between an attorney and the client end? A closing letter to the client does not always draw the line in the sand that the representation is complete. “Lines can easily become blurred as to when the work on a certain client and subject matter ends.”...

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Using ESI-specified discovery in a post-COVID-19 data-driven world

“There are going to be a lot more smoking guns lying around in the future.” With many large corporations encouraging and supporting their employees to work from home for an indefinite period of time, it translates to an increase in written – and documented – correspondence amongst employees. “Attorneys...

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Takeaways From a Recent Pro Bono Malpractice Complaint

Busy partners who are under pressure to spend their time on billable work may underestimate the risk and exposure of staffing inexperienced associates on pro bono cases without closely supervising their work. Murphy Pearson attorneys Jason Fellner and Kevin Cardona share insights into this topic in an October 9,...

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The Essential Timing of Ethical Screens to Prevent Firm Disqualification

With increasing lateral movement, it is more important than ever that firms take a close look at who they are hiring and how to build an ethical wall around new hires to prevent disqualification of the entire firm by conflicts of interest. Stephanie Yee, Associate in Murphy Pearson’s San...

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