Anne Marie Murphy

Top rated General Litigation attorney in Burlingame, California

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Anne Marie Murphy
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

Practice Areas: General Litigation, Class Action & Mass Torts, Elder Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1999

Education: Georgetown University Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

840 Malcolm Road
Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010 Visit website


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 a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

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 and non-profits.

Practice areas

General Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Elder Law, Consumer Law, Estate & Trust Litigation

Focus areas

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

  • 40% General Litigation
  • 20% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 20% Elder Law
  • 10% Consumer Law
  • 10% Estate & Trust Litigation

First 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform ("CANHR"), 2015-present, current President of Board of Directors
  • Seven Tepees Youth Program, Advisory Board, 2014-present
  • Seven Tepees Youth Program, Board of Directors, 2009-2013
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Profile of Anne Marie Murphy by Plaintiff Magazine:
  • Appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel in Robinhood Outages litigation, 2020
  • 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:
  • Boyd v. Boyd, San Mateo Superior Court, jury verdict
  • Cork et al. v. CC-Palo Alto, et. al., appellate decision, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 17892, 2020
  • 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, 1999
  • Boyd v. Epicure, dismissal in favor of client
  • Foroudian v. Wilson et al.
  • Sullivan v. AEI, FINRA Arbitration, award in favor of client
Educational Background:
  • Vassar College, Bachelor of Arts in Science & Technology, 1994
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • MCLE, CAOC 2017 Tahoe Seminar, June 24, 2017., Presenter, “Lithium Ion Battery Litigation: Unsafe at 30,000 Feet", CAOC, 2017
  • Plaintiff Magazine, October 2015, Author, “Upcoming Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure”, Plaintiff Magazine, 2015
  • The Forum Magazine (CAOC), May/June 2019, Vol. 49 No. 3; , Author, “Financial elder abuse: Holding institutions liable for aiding and abetting abuse", The Forum Magazine, 2019
  • MCLE Presentation, CAOC Sonoma Seminar 2019, Presenter, “Financial Elder Abuse: holding institutions liable for aiding and abetting abuse", CAOC, 2019
  • MCLE Presentation, Lecturer , "Handling Cases Involving Physical and Financial Elder Abuse", CYLA, State Bar of California Webinar, 2010
  • MCLE Presentation, Lecturer , "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
  • MCLE, Lecturer , "Ethical Issues in Lawyer Communications", San Mateo County Bar Association, 2013
  • Journal Publication, Author, "Same Road, Different Stops" (Elder Abuse Litigation), The Docket, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2013
  • MCLE Presentation, April 17, 2013, Lecturer , Ethics in Elder Abuse Litigation, 2013
  • Community Presentation, April 8, 2013, Lecturer , Elder Abuse 101, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association / Town Hall Legal Education Program, 2013
  • MCLE Seminar, March 22, 2013, Co-Chair, Consumer Attorneys of California, Annual Tahoe Ski Seminar, 2013
  • MCLE Presentation on Elder Abuse, January 25, 2013, Lecturer, San Mateo County Bar Association, Funky Credit Day XVIII, 2013
  • MCLE, November 16, 2012, Lecturer , Elder Abuse, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) Annual Convention, 2012
  • MCLE, November 9, 2012, Lecturer , Elder Abuse Litigation: Getting To Verdict Or Settlement In Tough Economic Times And Checklists For Settlement, 46th Annual CAOC Convention, 2012
  • Publication, November 22, 2013, Author, Pennies From Heaven, San Francisco Daily Journal, 2013
  • MCLE, December 1, 2014, Lecturer , "Elder Law and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)", CAOC Hawaii Seminar, 2014
  • MCLE, LAS 2013 Annual Conference, Lecturer , "Elder Abuse Litigation: Sharpening Skills in Physical and Financial Abuse Cases", LAS 2013 Annual Conference, 2013
  • MCLE, November 21, 2014, Lecturer , “CCRC Litigation”, CANHR Annual Convention, 2014
  • Ring of Fire, August 4, 2013, Presenter, "PAPANTONIO: THE CONSERVATIVE WAR ON CONSUMER PROTECTIONS", Ring of Fire, 2013
  • MCLE, November 14, 2014, Moderator, “Dos and Don’ts in the Courtroom” , CAOC 53rd Annual Convention, 2014
  • Presentation to SCU faculty and students, September 27, 2013, Lecturer , "Is Major League Baseball the ONLY Business to Have an Antitrust Exemption?", Santa Clara University, 2013
  • MCLE, July 28, 2014, Lecturer , Cy Pres in Class Action Settlements: How to Do It Right and Benefit Legal Services, Impact Fund, 2014
  • Co-Chair/Moderator CAOC's Annual Class Action Seminar, Co-Chair/Moderator, CAOC 2014 Class Action Seminar, 2014
  • February 10, 2015, Co-Chair, CAOC/SFTLA/BASF 2015 Class Action Seminar, 2015
  • Moderator, San Francisco November 14, 2014, Moderator, "Dos and Don'ts in the Courtroom", CAOC 53rd Annual Convention, 2014
  • MCLE, Monterey, November 21, 2014, Lecturer , "CCRC Litigation", California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) Annual Convention, 2014
  • MCLE Presentation, Speaker, Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Current Developments, CANHR, 2015
  • MCLE Presenter, CAOC Sonoma Seminar March 2019, Presenter, “Financial Elder Abuse: holding institutions liable for aiding and abetting abuse”, CAOC, 2019
  • Moderator, Trial Skills: The Ins And Outs Of Handling Witnesses (Roundtable), CAOC, 2016
  • Speaker, Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, CAOC, 2015
  • MCLE Presentation, CAOC 2018 Convention, San Francisco, November 2018, Lecturer , “The Difference Between Elder Abuse and Med-Mal Claims”, CAOC, 2018
  • MCLE, Speaker, “Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Continuing Care Contracts/Frequently Asked Questions”, CANHR, 2016
  • MCLE, May 17, 2016, Speaker, Litigating in Probate Versus Civil Court: Factors to Consider, Legal Assistance for Seniors Conference, 2016
  • MCLE Presentation, CAOC Beaver Creek Conference 2012, Presenter, "Credit Counseling Class Actions and the CROA", CAOC, 2012
  • MCLE, July 28, 2016, Co-Presenter, Transparency in Supply Chains Litigation: Plaintiff, Defense and Human rights perspectives, Sponsored by the California State Bar Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Law Section, 2016
  • MCLE Presentation, San Francisco, CA, Presenter, SFTLA Elder Abuse Round Table, SFTLA, 2017
  • MCLE, November 12, 2016, Speaker, Elder Abuse a Growing Epidemic, CAOC Annual Convention, San Francisco, 2016
  • MCLE, Maui, November 28, 2016, Presenter, “Litigating Human Rights Cases Under the UCL”, CAOC Hawaii Seminar, 2016
  • MCLE, San Francisco, February 7, 2017, Lecturer , “Litigating Human Rights Class Actions", CAOC/SFTLA Class Action Seminar, 2017
  • MCLE, Plenary Session Presenter, CANHR Annual Conference, Monterey, November 19, 2016, Presenter, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) Litigation, CANHR, 2016
  • MCLE Presenter, CAOC Maui Conference, November 2018;, Presenter, “Undue Influence: Trust Litigation”, CAOC, 2018
  • MCLE, February 21, 2017, Lecturer , Preparing for the First Day of Trial, SFTLA Seminar, 2017
  • MCLE, 2010, Lecturer , "Elder Abuse Litigation", State Bar of California Annual Convention, 2010
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100, 2020
  • Litigation Counsel of America, 2019
  • Board President, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
  • Irish Legal 100
  • 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
  • Chair, Donald L. Galine Tahoe Seminar & Sonoma Seminar, 2010-2020
  • Chair, CAOC Women's Caucus, 2014
  • California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA), 2009 -2011
  • Member, San Mateo County Bar Association
Industry Groups:
  • American Association For Justice - Member
  • California Commission On Access To Justice - Commissioner
  • California Women Lawyers - Lifetime Member
  • CANHR - Board President
  • Consumer Attorneys Of California (CAOC) - Board Of Directors & Woman's Caucus Past President
  • San Mateo County Bar Association - Member
  • San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Seven Tepees Youth Program - Advisory Board

Office location for Anne Marie Murphy

840 Malcolm Road
Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010

Phone: 866-553-9736

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