PAUL D. MURPHY
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PAUL D. Murphy is the managing partner of Murphy Rosen LLP in Santa Monica. He is a founding member of the firm, and his practice focuses primarily on complex business litigation. Murphy has litigated and tried cases in state and federal courts across the country on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also represented clients in various congressional investigationsandhasdefendedwitnessesintestimony before Congress. Murphy’s most recent high profile case centers around his client Angelina Jolie, who his firm isrepresentinginhercontinuinglitigationagainst her ex-husband Brad Pitt. Murphy and his firm filed a cross-complaint against Pitt on October 4,2022intheformercouple’songoingdisputeovertheirhomeinFrance,Chateau Miraval. Murphy also represents foreign clients in litigation in the U.S., including clients from Great Britain, the Netherlands, China and Taiwan. He has extensive experience in filing anti-SLAPP motions, a vehicle by which he gets cases against clients thrown out at the pleading stage, with clients recovering attorney fees. Overhiscareer,Murphyhasfiledanddefendeddozensofanti-SLAPPmotions, losing just one. In February 2020, Murphy and fellow partner Dan Csillag’s defense verdict in a very difficult federal False Claims Act case was named one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top Defense Verdicts of the Year. He has been recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers since 2008, and LA Daily Journal named Murphy to its Top 100 Lawyers in California list. He maintains a Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a Top Rating from Avvo. Murphy earned a BA in economics, with honors, from UC Santa Barbara, and a JD, Order of the Coif, from USC Law School. Murphyandhiswifehavethreechildren,Harrison,AidanandElise.Hetraces his Irish heritage to Co. Cork and Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry two generations back. He had a memorable post-graduation trip to Ireland in 1992, and his extended family – Murphy is one of 14 children – regularly celebrates their Irish heritage, particularly on St. Patrick’s Day.