Anne Marie Murphy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Burlingame, CA

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
 | 840 Malcolm Road, Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 866-553-9736
Fax: 650-697-0577
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Elder Law (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Consumer Law (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    With a comprehensive litigation practice, Anne Marie Murphy represents people in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, California. She is a principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, where her caseload involves matters such as financial fraud, elder abuse law, whistleblower claims and class action lawsuits.

    While many of her cases involve representation of local individuals, her litigation practice is far ranging and includes litigating against Major League Baseball over the Baseball Antitrust Exemption and representing taxpayers in a suit to stop Governor Schwarzenegger from selling major Californian historic properties and courthouses.

    A longtime advocate of the elderly and the everyday consumer, Ms. Murphy has a number of successes to her name. For example, she obtained compensatory and punitive damages in a case in which a client experienced a violation of California’s Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. She has also secured millions of dollars in consumer class actions and elder abuse cases.

    Ms. Murphy is recognized throughout the legal community as an attorney who gets results. For her accomplishments, she holds an Avvo “Superb” rating; a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating; she has been selected as a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Consumer Attorney of the Year; and the Daily Journal has listed her as one of the top 100 women attorneys in California and one of the top 25 plaintiff lawyers in California. She is also a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

    Taking leadership roles in a number of legal organizations, Ms. Murphy is also a member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the California Women Lawyers, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association. She also regularly appears on local and national media outlets and participates in speaking engagements to discuss consumer rights.

    In 1994, Ms. Murphy received a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College, going on to receive a Juris Doctor in 1998 from the Georgetown University Law Center.

    Outside her practice, Ms. Murphy volunteers her time with various youth organizations.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%General Litigation
    • 20%Elder Law
    • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts
    • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 10%Consumer Law
    Focus Areas

    Litigation, Class Actions, Toxic Torts, Will Contests, Consumer Protection, Fraud


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

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    About Anne Murphy

    Admitted: 1999, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Northern California "Super Lawyer", Northern California Super Lawyers and San Francisco Magazine, every year 2013 to the present.
    • Selected as a finalist for the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, CAOC, 2008
    • Named to the Daily Journal's list of the top 100 women lawyers in California
    • Northern California "Rising Star", Northern California Super Lawyers and San Francisco Magazine, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
    • Board of Governors/Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2009 to present.

    • Commissioner, California Commission on Access to Justice
    • Member, American Association for Justice
    • Lifetime Member, California Women Lawyers
    • Co-Chair, CAOC Class Action Seminar, 2014-2016
    • CAOC Executive Committee, past

    • Board of Directors, San Mateo County Barristers, 2008-2009
    • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
    • Member, San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association
    • Co-Chair, Donald L. Galine Tahoe Seminar & Sonoma Seminar, 2010-2017
    • Chair, CAOC Women's Caucus, 2014
    • California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA), 2009 -2011
    • Member, San Mateo County Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform ("CANHR"), 2015-present
    • Seven Tepees Youth Program, Advisory Board, 2014-present
    • Seven Tepees Youth Program, Board of Directors, 2009-2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • CAOC 2017 Tahoe Seminar, June 24, 2017.

      , Presenter, “Lithium Ion Battery Litigation: Unsafe at 30,000 Feet,” CAOC 2017 Tahoe Seminar, June 24, 2017. , 2017
    • "Handling Cases Involving Physical and Financial Elder Abuse," CYLA, State Bar of California Webinar, 2010
    • "Winning Cases in Securities Arbitration," State Bar of California Annual Convention, 2010
    • Speaker, Why aren't More Female Lawyers Making it to Trial?, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
    • "Ethical Issues in Lawyer Communications," San Mateo County Bar Association 2013
    • "Same Road, Different Stops" (Elder Abuse Litigation), The Docket, San Mateo County Bar Association, Jan/Feb 2013
    • La Raza Centro Legal of San Francisco, April 17, 2013
    • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association / Town Hall Legal Education Program, April 8, 2013
    • Consumer Attorneys of California, Annual Tahoe Ski Seminar, March 22, 2013
    • San Mateo County Bar Association, Funky Credit Day XVIII, January 25, 2013
    • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) Annual Convention, November 16, 2012
    • 46th Annual CAOC Convention, November 9, 2012
    • Pennies From Heaven, San Francisco Daily Journal, November 22, 2013
    • "Elder Law and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)" CAOC Hawaii Seminar, December 1, 2014
    • "Elder Abuse Litigation: Sharpening Skills in Physical and Financial Abuse Cases" LAS 2013 Annual Conference
    • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) Annual Convention, November 21, 2014
    • "PAPANTONIO: THE CONSERVATIVE WAR ON CONSUMER PROTECTIONS," broadcast, Ring of Fire, August 4, 2013
    • CAOC 53rd Annual Convention, November 14, 2014
    • "Is Major League Baseball the ONLY Business to Have an Antitrust Exemption?" Santa Clara University, September 27, 2013
    • Cy Pres in Class Action Settlements: How to Do It Right and Benefit Legal Services, July 28, 2014
    • Co-Chair/Moderator CAOC 2014 Class Action Seminar
    • Co-Chair CAOC/SFTLA/BASF 2015 Class Action Seminar, February 10, 2015
    • Co-Chair/Moderator CAOC Political Training, May 5, 2014
    • CAOC Class Action Seminar, February 25, 2014
    • Moderator, "Dos and Don'ts in the Courtroom" CAOC 53rd Annual Convention, San Francisco November 14, 2014
    • "CCRC Litigation" California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) Annual Convention, Monterey, November 21, 2014
    • Ethical Issues Emerging From The Patient-Client Relationship, November 16, 2013
    • Speaker, Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Current Developments, CANHR, 2015
    • Panelist: "Elder Abuse Litigation," San Mateo County Bar Association, 2011
    • Moderator, Trial Skills: The Ins And Outs Of Handling Witnesses (Roundtable), CAOC, 2016
    • "Winning Trials through Motions in limine," 2010
    • Speaker, Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, CAOC, 2015
    • Moderator, "Preparing for Trial," Consumer Attorneys of California, 2011
    • Speaker, “Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Continuing Care Contracts/Frequently Asked Questions”, CANHR Webinar
    • Moderator, “CSI Effect” CAOC Tahoe 2012
    • Overview of CCRC law in California., Presenter, CCRC Law, CANHR CCRC Panel
    • Panelist, "Financial Elder Abuse Litigation: Assessing, Preparing and Presenting Claims", Legal Assistance for Seniors ("LAS") 2012 Annual Conference
    • Litigating in Probate Versus Civil Court: Factors to Consider, Legal Assistance for Seniors Conference, May 17, 2016, Speaker, 2016
    • "Credit Counseling Class Actions and the CROA", CAOC Beaver Creek Conference 2012
    • Transparency in Supply Chains Litigation: Plaintiff, Defense and Human rights perspectives, July 28, 2016, Sponsored by the California State Bar Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Law Section, Co-Presenter, 2016
    • Elder Abuse Litigation: Getting To Verdict Or Settlement In Tough Economic Times And Checklists For Settlement," CAOC 51st Annual Convention 2012
    • Elder Abuse a Growing Epidemic, CAOC Annual Convention, San Francisco, November 12, 2016, Speaker, 2016
    • "Securities Arbitration," CYLA, State Bar of California Webinar 2010
    • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) Litigation, Plenary Session, CANHR Annual Conference, Monterey, November 19, 2016, Speaker, 2016
    • Is Major League Baseball the ONLY Business to Have an Antitrust Exemption?, September 27, 2013
    • “Litigating Human Rights Cases Under the UCL,” CAOC Hawaii Seminar, Maui, November 28, 2016, 2016
    • Ring of Fire: The Conservative War on Consumer Protections, August 4, 2013
    • “Litigating Human Rights Class Actions,” CAOC/SFTLA Class Action Seminar, San Francisco, February 7, 2017, 2017
    • Legal Assistance for Seniors, May 21, 2013
    • CAOC Political Training, May 5, 2014
    • Preparing for the First Day of Trial, SFTLA Seminar, February 21, 2017, 2017
    • "Elder Abuse Litigation," State Bar of California Annual Convention, 2010


    • Boyd v. Boyd, San Mateo Superior Court, jury verdict
    • Medawar et al. v. NEC Holdings et al., San Mateo Superior Court, jury verdict in favor of clients.

      , 2018
    • Rodriguez v. Res-Care, Inc. et al.
    • Komarova v. National Credit Acceptance, Inc., 175 Cal. App. 4th 324 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 2009)
    • Gogol v. Mills-Peninsula Health Services d/b/a Mills-Peninsula Skilled Nursing; jury verdict
    • Boyd v. Epicure, dismissal in favor of client
    • Foroudian v. Wilson et al.
    • Sullivan v. AEI, FINRA Arbitration, award in favor of client

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Profile of Anne Marie Murphy by Plaintiff Magazine:
    • Appeared on Local as well as National News Broadcasts including ABC 7 On Your Side (Cable 7), View From The Bay, Ring of Fire and Good Morning America (ABC)
    • Profile of Anne Marie Murphy by Forum Magazine:

    Educational Background:

    • Vassar College, Bachelor of Arts in Science & Technology, 1994

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice - Member
    • California Commission On Access To Justice - Commissioner
    • California Women Lawyers - Lifetime Member
    • Consumer Attorneys Of California (CAOC) - Board Of Directors & Woman's Caucus Vice Chair/Secreta
    • San Mateo County Bar Association - Member
    • San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association - Member
    • Seven Tepees Youth Program - Board Of Directors/Secretary
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    Office Location for Anne Marie Murphy

    840 Malcolm Road
    Burlingame, CA 94010

    Phone: 866-553-9736

    Fax: 650-697-0577

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