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Dennis R. Murphy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 850
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-446-2300
Fax: 916-503-4000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2011 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1972
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

Dennis Murphy’s experience commenced in 1972 and includes the representation of employers in every aspect of labor and employment law. It includes both trial and appellate advocacy and counseling. He has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, before many state and federal appellate courts, in numerous jury trials and before most of the governmental agencies that handle labor and employment issues. Additionally, he has represented employers in every aspect of union-management issues. His clients have included a professional sports organization, the state legislature, soft drink bottling companies, transportation companies, construction companies, universities and law schools, insurance brokers, and others.

Dennis successfully represented the California State Assembly in two high profile sexual harassment cases - Holman vs. Connolly and Boyd vs. Conroy.  He has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in Concrete Pipe and Products vs. Construction Laborers Pension Trust. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and has served as a panelist and moderator for the California Continuing Education Bar Labor Law presentations.

Since 1986, Dennis has been rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He is named in the 2014 through 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and is listed as a Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006, and 2011 through 2021 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers. He was named in the Sacramento Business Journal’s 2013 and 2014 Best of the Bar List, which recognizes top attorneys who have been nominated by their peers and vetted by a panel of their peers. Dennis was also named in Sacramento Magazine's Top Lawyers List in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.

Dennis received his B.S., Engineering and his J.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Industries Served

Construction, Retail Outlets, Water Agencies, Educational, Manufacturing, Fire Protection, Financial Institutions, Printing, Warehousing, Oil, Transportation, Agricultural, Food Processing, Automotive, State Agencies/Governmental Entities, and Healthcare

Unions Negotiated with on Behalf of Clients

Teamsters, Machinists, Iron Workers, Longshoremen; Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers, Teachers, Fire Fighters, Steel Workers, Pressmen, Typographical, Operating Engineers, Electricians, Laborers

About Dennis R. Murphy

First Admitted: 1972, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2014-2021)
  • Named in Sacramento Magazine's Top Lawyers List (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
  • Named in the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list (2013-2014)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell (1986-present)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Eastern District of California 
  • U.S. Supreme Court, Admitted to and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Northern District of California
  • State Bar of California

Educational Background

  • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D. (1971), Moot Court Honors Program
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., Engineering (1968)
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Office Location for Dennis R. Murphy

555 Capitol Mall
Suite 850
Sacramento, CA 95814

Last Updated: 4/14/2022

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