David Murphy represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment law as well as in general civil litigation. He has represented companies in virtually every type of workplace employment issues and disputes, including trade secret, noncompetition, and employee-raiding matters; wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination litigation; wage and hour matters under state and federal law; ERISA litigation; and all of the many varieties of union-related disputes, including union organizing, collective bargaining and union contract arbitration.
Mr. Murphy’s legal career spans over 35 year. For the last 12 years up to 2012, he has been a partner in the Employment Law and Trade Secrets Litigation Groups at the Morrison & Foerster law firm, and was a senior partner with the labor and employment law firm of Littler Mendelson for over 15 years prior to that. At those firms, he handled a wide range of sophisticated labor and employment law and employee mobility matters for private employers, particularly in the Silicon Valley, as well as other legal counselling and civil litigation matters. He started his legal career working for the United States Department of the Treasury and the IRS in labor and employment matters involving its union and nonunion workforce, and was one of the lead attorneys in U.S. Department of Treasury v. Harris Bank, one of the largest class action employment discrimination cases in the history of the federal contract compliance program.
Throughout that time, Mr. Murphy’s legal experience has included extensive trial and appellate work in state and federal court; in disputes before the NLRB; in class action claims for wage and hour, discrimination and ERISA matters; and in private arbitrations of all types. Mr. Murphy also regularly counsels clients about actions needed to adhere to sound management practices in these same legal areas. He also has done extensive work on employment issues in mergers and acquisitions, including the issues involved in post-closing integration of multiple company workforces.