Mary G. Murphy - Gibson Dunn LLP
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Mary G. Murphy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 415-393-8257

Mary G. Murphy is the Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group.  She also is a member of the Firm's Diversity Committee.  Ms. Murphy represents a wide variety of developers and investors in real estate transactions and land use issues, with particular experience in historic preservation and tax credits for historic rehabilitation projects. 

Ms. Murphy is one of the most influential land use attorneys in San Francisco and has been a major player in revitalizing the development of San Francisco.  She is a pre-eminent figure in the City for significant and historic public/private development deals.  Ms. Murphy represented Treasure Island Community Developers in its successful negotiations to redevelop Treasure Island, a former naval base in the San Francisco Bay.  She is also counsel to two of the largest proposed sustainable infill projects in the Bay Area, the redevelopment of 700 acres in Brisbane by Universal Paragon Corporation and the successfully entitled 312-acre Parkmerced Complex by Stellar Management.  Ms. Murphy also currently represents Lucasfilm in connection with their properties in Marin County, and the Golden State Warriors in its negotiations with the City and Port of San Francisco for the development of a new basketball arena in San Francisco. She is legal counsel to Westfield America, the developer of the $420 million public/private retail and entertainment complex, the Westfield San Francisco Centre, an urban 1-million-square-foot retail and entertainment complex, and also assisted Westfield in its acquisition of the 350,000-square foot SONY Metreon, an urban dining, gaming, music, exhibition, shopping, and movie entertainment complex, located in downtown San Francisco.   

Ms. Murphy is also legal counsel to the developers in the public/private partnership with the Port of San Francisco, in the 8 Washington Project. She also represented those developers in the rehabilitation of Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5, historic waterfront property, and was lead counsel to the developers of the San Francisco Ferry Building.  In 2003, this project was named “Deal of the Year” by the San Francisco Business Times.  Both waterfront projects were federal historic tax credit projects. Other important historic building rehabilitations in which she was legal counsel include the original Bank of Italy Building (One Powell Street), the old San Francisco Chronicle Building (690 Market Street, San Francisco's first skyscraper), the Mutual Bank Building (700 Market Street), the Call Building (74 New Montgomery), and the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building (140 New Montgomery), all located in downtown San Francisco.

Appointed by both Presidents Clinton and Bush, Ms. Murphy served two terms on the Presidio Trust Board, a United States Government Corporation established by Congress in 1996.  As a principal representing the Presidio Trust, Ms. Murphy represented the Trust in the two largest transactions it had ever undertaken –  the landmark $100 million remediation agreement among the Trust, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior, and a 90-year ground lease and development agreement with Lucasfilm to build a digital entertainment facility and office complex in the Presidio National Park, which was also named “Deal of the Year” by theSan Francisco Business-Times in 2002.

Ms. Murphy was named to the list of “100 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times several times, including in 2012, and was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of California in 2011 and 2012 by the Daily Journal and the Recorder, respectively, as well as a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyermagazine in 2007.  Ms. Murphy has also been included inChambers & Partners' USA Leading Lawyers for Business Guide as first-tier real estate attorney, several times.  She sits on the Board of Trustees of San Francisco Planning & Urban Research and the Committee on JOBS.  She is a former board member of the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club, Hamlin School for Girls, and the Drew School in San Francisco.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Murphy was a partner in a San Francisco firm, as well as a law clerk for Judges Cecil F. Poole and James R. Browning of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Ms. Murphy received her law degree from Harvard University, cum laude, in 1986.  She was a Rhodes Scholar and graduated from Oxford University with an Honours B.A. in 1983. She received her B.A., cum laude with distinction, from Yale University in 1981.

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Office Location

555 Mission Street, Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA 94105-0921
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate Law of the San Francisco Metro Area
Mary G. Murphy has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law