Robert L. Murphy: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Robert L. Murphy

San Diego,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(619) 573-4900

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Labor
  • Hospitality
University California State University, Northridge, B.A., magna cum laude, 1969; Cambridge University D.C., Criminology, 1973 Ford Foundation Fellowship
Law SchoolColumbia University, J.D., with honors, 1972
Admitted1972, California and U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1992, Michigan (inactive); 1993, Minnesota (inactive); 1994, Texas (inactive); 1995, Washington (inactive); 2010, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Robert Murphy is a Shareholder in the San Diego, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

With almost 40 years of experience as a specialist in employment law, he is considered to be one of the nation's most highly respected and creative employment lawyers. His practice is equally divided between employment litigation, labor-related matters such as union representation campaigns and collective bargaining negotiations, and advising multi- state and multi-national clients with respect to the full gamut of employment matters including selection and training of employees, performance evaluation, incentive compensation, disciplinary issues and the creation of unique employment cultures for newly established, rapidly expanding companies with facilities in several states. He has represented a wide variety of major national corporations including several headquartered in Texas such as Lehigh Hanson, Archon Corp and Benchmark Hospitality.

Mr. Murphy has been designated a Super Lawyer® in Law and Politics 2007-2010 and in 2008 was the subject of a feature story in the Super Lawyers magazine in an article entitled: "Tough Guy," detailing highlights in his career of negotiations with labor unions. He has also achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by San Diego Magazine.

Mr. Murphy is admitted to the California State Bar, the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th and 9th Circuit.

Mr. Murphy received his B.A., magna cum laude, from California State University at Northridge, his J.D. with honors from Columbia University, and also has a graduate degree in Criminology from Cambridge University.

Representative Experience

Mr. Murphy has handled two contract interpretation matters for Lehigh Hanson, one of North America's largest suppliers of heavy building materials, in the last 9 months and won them both. He also advises the company on bargaining strategy in connection with union negotiations and on matters before the NLRB, including 10k matters.

For several major multistate corporations and luxury resorts, he has created and supervised the implementation of a complete set of employment policies and procedures designed to reflect the unique employment culture envisioned by the client. Without exception, these companies have remained union free and have experienced virtually no employment litigation.

He has acted as principal employment advisor to buyers and sellers during the due diligence phase of the purchase or sale of over 300 commercial properties.

He has successfully defended clients in state and federal courts in California, Texas, New York, Michigan, Washington, Minnesota and South Carolina.

Published Works


"The Injured Employee: A Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Employees Under California Law, Part II"

CEB CBLR 149 Vol. III, Issue No. 8 (May 1982) Author

": The Injured Employee: A Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Employees Under California Law, Part I"

CEB CBLR 129 Vol. III, Issue No. 7 (April 1982) Author

"A Review of Personnel Policies and Procedures for At-Will Employees"

CEB CBLR 113 Vol, III, Issue No. 6 (March 1982) Author

"Recent Developments in Sex Discrimination Law: Pregnancy and Childbirth Policies and Claims of Sexual Harassment"

CEB CBLR 17 Vol. II, Issue No. 2 (March 1981) Author

"Cleary v. American Airlines: A Sweeping Exception to the At-Will Rule in Employment Contracts"

CEB CBLR 5 Vol. II, Issue No. 1(January 1981) [Author]

"Employee Appeals to Customers and Suppliers: Further Limitations on an Employer's Disciplinary Prerogatives"

CEB CBLR 92 Vol. I, Issue No. 6 (August 1980) [Author]

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

· AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell

· Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by San Diego Magazine (2013)

· Super Lawyers distinction in the field of Employment & Labor; Employment Litigation: Defense (2007-2010, Law & Politics)

Bar & Professional Association Memberships

State Bar of California

International Society of Hospitality Consultants


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Office Information

Robert L. Murphy

655 West Broadway, Suite 900
San DiegoCA 92101


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