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Anne Murphy

Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, LLP - Burlingame
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Anne Murphy
Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, LLP - Burlingame
Burlingame,
 CA

Anne Marie Murphy is a Principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, where she practices civil litigation focusing on complex commercial litigation, class actions, consumers’ rights and elder abuse (including both financial abuse and nursing home abuse)—however, 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.

In every year between 2016 and 2021 Ms. Murphy was named to Super Lawyers list of the top 100 lawyers in Northern California and its list of the top 50 women lawyers. In 2017, Ms. Murphy was elected to Litigation Counsel of America as a Fellow. In each year since 2017 Ms. Murphy has been named to the Irish Legal 100. In 2015 Ms. Murphy was named to the Daily Journal’s list of the top 100 women lawyers in California, as well as its inaugural list of the top 25 plaintiff attorneys in California. 

Ms. Murphy received her Bachelor of Arts in Science & Technology from Vassar College. She received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. While attending Georgetown, she worked as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Senate.

After graduating from law school, she practiced law in San Francisco, handling a caseload ranging from complex commercial litigation to regulatory approvals of mergers and acquisitions of regulated utilities. She also worked on a pro bono basis for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.

In Komarova v. National Credit Acceptance, Inc., Ms. Murphy obtained a jury verdict against a credit card collection agency following a two-week trial in January 2008. The jury found for the plaintiff both on her intentional infliction of emotional distress and California Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims, resulting in both a compensatory and punitive damages award. On appeal, several important issues of first impression were decided in the Plaintiff’s favor, as reflected in the published decision: Komarova v. National Credit Acceptance, Inc., 175 Cal. App. 4th 324 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 2009).


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