Dennis R. Murphy - Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Dennis R. Murphy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014
Phone: 916-446-2300

Dennis Murphy is a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Team. His 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 include 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. Connollyand 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, the Labor Advisory Committee of the California Chamber of Commerce, and has served as a panelist and moderator for the California Continuing Education Bar Labor Law presentations. 

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

Additional Information

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


Representative Experience
  • Representation of employers in wrongful termination, sexual harassment and sexual discrimination cases 
  • Representation of employers before the National Labor Relations Board, including elections, unfair labor practice, appeals, and enforcement proceedings in the circuit courts and before the United States Supreme Court
  • Representation of clients before both the Fair Employment Practice Commission of the State of California and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the United States
  • Representation of clients before the Occupational Safety & Health Administration of California
  • Representation of clients in suits brought on behalf of Trust Funds, including advising clients with respect to audits performed by Trust Funds, claims for unfunded vested liability, and representation of Trust Funds in actions on their behalf
  • Representation of clients accused of violating various state labor codes, including failure to make overtime payments, forfeiture of vacation pay 
University of California Los AngelesJ.D. 1971
American Bar Association State Bar of California Sacramento County Bar Association

Office Location

555 Capitol Mall, Suite 850
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation