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Tom Murphy Elected to California Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Thomas P. Murphy, a senior attorney at Berliner Cohen, has been elected to the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (CAAL).  He joins a select group of 100 leading appellate practitioners and judges/justices in California.

“We are pleased that Tom has been accepted into this prestigious group, which further illustrates his commitment to his profession and to his successful representation of our clients,” states Jonathan D. Wolf, Berliner Cohen Litigation Group Chair.

CAAL’s applicants for admission must have a minimum of ten years of practice, served as lead counsel in no fewer than 25 appeals, and argued at least 15 appeals or writs.  Northern and Southern California membership committees rigorously review the applicants' briefs (as well as their opponents' briefs and the decision or decisions) from three appeals, and obtain recommendations from former opponents as well as co-counsel and judges.

Mr. Murphy has over twenty-five years of experience in representing a variety of clients from individuals to large, publicly-traded corporations in appellate and extraordinary writ proceedings in state and federal courts, and in litigation involving commercial, intellectual property and real estate matters.

Mr. Murphy is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  He earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1985 and his B.A., with distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981.