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Civil Appellate Practice

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Somehow, the judgment goes against your client. Should you appeal? What are the true appealable issues? How will the Appellate Court analyze the case? Should you handle it yourself? These and other crucial questions are considered in this seminar. Although the focus is on California law, the basic principles apply throughout the states. This course will help the civil trial attorney advise a client when faced with an adverse judgment, and it will provide valuable guidance to counsel who are handling the case on appeal.

Lecturer Bio

George E. Murphy, Esq

George E. Murphy began his career in 1980 at the California Court of Appeal,
Third Appellate District, in Sacramento, as the Judicial Attorney for the late Justice
Frances Newell Carr. While attending law school at Golden Gate University in San
Francisco, Mr. Murphy spent three months in Juneau, Alaska. as Judicial Extern for
Robert K. Boochever, former Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court (currently
Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit).

Upon entering private practice in 1982 with a large Sacramento law firm,
Mr. Murphy immediately focused on handling civil appeals and started that
firm’s appellate department. Over the last 27 years, Mr. Murphy has represented
clients in hundreds of civil appellate matters and has obtained over 50 published
decisions from numerous appellate courts (state and federal) and the California
Supreme Court, on a variety of important legal issues. He has achieved a high
degree of success in appellate cases earning a reputation with judges, colleagues,
and clients as one of California’s premier appellate advocates. Mr. Murphy is a
member of the Council of Appellate Lawyers, of the American Bar Association.
Admitted to the California Bar in 1980, Mr. Murphy is certified to practice
before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit, and several United States District Courts. He is also admitted to
practice in the State of Texas. The attorney rating service of Martindale-Hubbell
has given Mr. Murphy its highest rating (AV) for skill and ethics.
Mr. Murphy is also recognized for his expertise in the area of insurance
coverage consultation and litigation, and a significant portion of his appellate
practice concerns insurance issues. Mr. Murphy has litigated many types of
cases, including business disputes, professional malpractice, construction defect,
insurance bad faith and personal injury.

Mr. Murphy has published articles on various legal issues and has given
professional seminars to other attorneys on topics pertaining to appeals and
insurance coverage. Clients include the State of California, many cities, counties,
school districts, universities, law enforcement agencies, real estate developers,
contractors, insurance companies, and people and businesses of all types.
Mr. Murphy has served as an expert witness on matters of insurance and
appellate practice. He is certified by the California Court of Appeal as an
appellate mediator.

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