Shawn Murphy is a family law attorney and limits her practice solely to family law matters. Ms. Murphy has extensive experience working with individuals in crisis and helping clients effectively negotiate the psychological and emotional aspects inherent in family law issues. In particular, she has specialized experience working with survivors of domestic violence and is a certified Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor. She encourages and skillfully assists parties to keep conflict low in order to lessen the emotional and financial costs associated with negotiating divorce and custody issues. However, she has the ability to switch to direct and aggressive representation of her clients to protect their interests when it is necessary. Ms. Murphy is a skilled litigation and trial attorney having completed multiple trials, covering such issues as international move-aways, international abduction matters, child and spousal support, and domestic violence. Ms. Murphy has a successfully argued cases and motions before the Superior Courts of Butte, Placer, Nevada, El Dorado, Sacramento, Lassen, Plumas, Yolo, and Alameda counties in California. She has also successfully argued before the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District of the State of California.
Ms. Murphy was born and raised in Oregon. In the late 1990’s she moved to Chico, California to attend California State University, Chico, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and later, a Master of Arts in Political Science, with highest distinction. Ms. Murphy earned her Juris Doctor with Distinction from the University Pacific of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. After entering law school with honors, she earned distinction as a member of Phi Delta Phi, legal honor society, the Traynor Society for academic excellence, and as the Chief Article Editor of Vol. 46 of the McGeorge Law Review. Her comment, The Supreme Court's Revitalization of the Dying "Existing Indian Family" Exception, was selected for publication in the journal.
Ms. Murphy is active in her community and volunteers her time with numerous social welfare organizations. Some of her activities include volunteering with the Chico Food Project, whose mission is to help supply local food banks, as well as with Catalyst, which provides services to survivors of domestic violence. She also occasionally volunteers with the One Day Divorce program at William Ridgeway Family Court, a program that helps low income participants obtain divorce judgments in one day. She is a member of the California State Bar, serves on the Placer Family Law Executive Committee (PFLEC) of the Placer County Bar Association, is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association- Family Law Section, and the Butte County Bar Association.
Ms. Murphy currently lives in Chico, California with her husband, two teenage daughters, their crazy exuberant Doberman, Moya, and three excessively lazy and large house cats. She enjoys camping, backpacking, hiking, and being outdoors whenever possible. She particularly enjoys hikes in Bidwell park with her family.
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law – Sacramento, CA
California State University Chico – Chico, CA
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 40 Under 40 (Northern California)||The National Advocates||2019|
|Attorney||MOBO LAW, LLP||2016 - Present|
|Attorney||Goyette and Associates||2015 - 2016|
|Judicial Extern||Sacramento Superior Court||2013 - 2014|
|Child Dependency Advocate||Children's Law Center of California||2013 - 2014|
|Paralegal Intern||Community Legal Information Center Chico, Ca||2010 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Sorpotomist International, Chico||Member||2019 - Present|
|Placer County Bar Association, Family Law Executive Committee||Secretary||2017 - Present|
|Placer County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2016 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association||Member - Family Law Section||2014 - Present|
|Phi Delta Phi||Member||2012 - Present|
|Pi Sigma Alpha||Member||2011 - Present|
|McGeorge Law Review||Chief Articles Editor||2014 - 2015|
|McGeorge Law Review||The Supreme Court's Revitalization of the Dying "Existing Indian Family" Exception||2014|
|California State University, Chico||MA - Masters - Political Science||2011|
|California St Univ Chico||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Defense of Appeal of Child Custody Order||Appellate Court Upheld Trial Court Orders|
|Defense of Attorney's Fees Claim in Family Law Proceeding||No Fees Awarded|
|Approval of Move-Away with Minor Child||Move-Away Approved by the Court|
|Defense of Civil Harassment Restraining Order||Finding of Harassment & Restraining Order Dissolved|
|Defense of Domestic Violence Allegations||Finding of no Domestic Violence & Restraining Order Dissolved|