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Federal Regulatory Practice

State Regulatory Practice


Jury Trials

Bench Trials


Litigation & Advice

Employment Discrimination

Sex Harassment

Employment Tort Claims

Contract Claims

Americans with Disabilities

Collective Bargaining Issues

Federal Regulatory Practice

State Regulatory Practice


Medical Malpractice

Delayed Diagnosis Claims

Federal Regulatory Practice

State Regulatory Practice

Securities Fraud

Registration Issues

Intellectual Property Disputes

Computer Software Failures


Founding Partner

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Mr. Murphy founded Dillingham & Murphy, LLP in 1982 with his late partner William Dillingham. Since then, Bill has tried many cases and represented numerous clients successfully in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.



  • Associate Attorney, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (1979-1982)

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert J. Kelleher, U.S.D.C. C.D. Cal. ('78-'79)



  • J.D. 1978 Cornell Law School (cum laude)  

    • Editor, Cornell Law Review (1976-1978)

  • A.B. 1975 Harvard College (magna cum laude, Economics)


Affiliations and Memberships

  • Vice-Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association's General Practice Section

  • Member, State Bar of California's Labor & Employment Law Section

  • Member, Executive Committee of the Cornell Law School Alumni Association (2001-2005)   

  • Mediator, Mediation Panel of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for the U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of California.


Successes, Awards, and Certifications

  • Primerus Certified Defense Attorney

  • Top-Rated Employment and Labor Attorney, Super Lawyers, 2013-Present



  • Panelist, Primerus Employment Seminar (December 2021)

  • What lawyers and Clients Should Know About the Post-Pandemic World, International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (November 2022)

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