Thomas J. Murray
After being released by the Seattle Seahawks in 1985, Mr. Murray decided to become a trial lawyer, finished his undergraduate work at Catholic University in Washington D.C. and attended law school at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Mr. Murray was a merit scholar, on the dean's list, participated in the mock trial program, and was the first Golden Gate student to extern at the U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco. Mr. Murray then clerked for the Honorable Ira A. Brown in the law and motion department of the San Francisco Superior Court where he learned the art of successful law and motion practice, inclusive of drafting successful summary judgment motions.
After graduating from Golden Gate in 1991, Mr. Murray practiced at the firm of Lynch, Gilardi & Grummer in San Francisco, CA. He practiced in the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death, business, construction defect, intellectual property, insurance, professional liability, and employment litigation, working these cases up for trial and then sitting second chair at the trial thereof. After three and one half years, Mr. Murray became anxious to obtain first chair trial experience so he joined the staff counsel office of USAA Insurance Company in 1994. In this position Mr. Murray tried in excess of twenty personal injury jury trials to verdict in venues throughout the Bay Area. Mr. Murray has tried numerous excess exposure and major injury cases and resolved hundreds of other cases through the ADR process. He has handled cases in the areas of class action defense, business, contract, personal/catastrophic injury, construction, product liability, professional liability, premises liability , trade secret, advertising, Uninsured Motorist and punitive damage claims. Mr. Murray has attended hundreds of arbitrations and mediations. He has taken and defended hundreds of depositions.
After eleven years with USAA, Mr Murray joined McDowell Shaw & Colman in August 2006 where he handled personal/catastrophic injury actions, commercial/business litigation, product liability, professional liability, construction, and general liability cases from inception through resolution. Mr. Murray represents individuals, corporations and municipalities. He also serves as a mediator upon request. TJ Murray is now a partner at Kern, Noda, Devine & Segal.
Mr. Murray is licensed to practice law in all State and Federal courts within California. He is an arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court and a panelist for the San Francisco Bar Association's Early Settlement Program. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Francisco Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California Fraud Investigators Association (NCFIA), and Risk Management Society (RIMS).