Daniel Murphy is Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and is a trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience. He has handled numerous trials and arbitrations arising out of a wide variety of factual and legal settings. Most recently, this breadth of experience was illustrated when he obtained a verdict of no liability in defense of a $100 million title insurance bad faith claim arising out of an easement after a seven-week jury trial in Orange County Superior Court. Shortly thereafter, he obtained an award from a JAMS arbitration panel in Los Angeles in favor of his client, which was the plaintiff in a case involving a contract to distribute aviation parts in Europe.
Mr. Murphy has a wealth of experience in real estate litigation of all sorts, including mortgage foreclosures, landlord/tenant disputes, easement disputes, and title insurance defense and coverage.
He also has particular experience in virtually all aspects of securities litigation, arbitration and government enforcement. This includes representing broker-dealers and individual brokers in dozens of customer arbitrations, litigations and government investigations. It also includes representing boards of directors, companies and third parties in shareholder derivative litigations and shareholder class actions. He has also represented most of the largest accounting and auditing firms in securities-related accounting malpractice actions. Mr. Murphy’s experience with state and federal governmental proceedings includes investigations and enforcement proceedings by the SEC, FINRA, the FTC, the PCAOB and state licensing boards.
Mr. Murphy also has significant experience in false advertising. He has represented advertisers, including advertising agencies, retailers and mail order houses in false advertising and unfair competition claims, including class actions in state and federal courts.
Mr. Murphy has been very active as a board member and President of a national youth organization. As a result, he has significant experience in charitable organization governance and youth protection issues.
Mr. Murphy is admitted to practice in the courts of both California and New York, as well as numerous federal courts.