Representing Employers in Employment Law Matters

Positive employment relations are essential to the overall health of any business. An employer in California must maneuver through a complex maze of State and Federal laws governing employee relations, especially in the areas of sex and age discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace safety, job security, immigration, business acquisitions, and management/union relations to avoid potential liability to its employees.

Even very careful and conscientious employers can get caught up in some aspect of employment litigation.  Attorneys at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn provide employment law advice to guide employers, help them avoid pitfalls, and protect even the best-intentioned employers who are targeted for litigation by government attorneys or private parties.

Wherever possible, our employment lawyers prefer to work with our clients to take proactive, preventative approach to designing and implementing employment policies that fit our client’s unique workplace requirements and minimize disputes that may later require litigation.

When litigation is involved, our attorneys are deeply experienced in defending employment-related lawsuits of all types, including wrongful termination, wage issues, breach of contract, violation of privacy, and discrimination or defamation claims. Our lawyers have extensive litigation experience in state and federal court, as well as in private arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn attorneys can also represent employers in administrative proceedings before local boards and commissions, as well as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), the Employment Development Department (EDD), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB).

Our employment attorneys counsel and represent employers concerning such matters as:

  • Employment Contract Claims
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wage and Hour Issues
  • FEHA Claims
  • Workplace Safety
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wrongful Demotion
  • ADA Compliance
  • Retaliation Claims
  • Unlawful Employment Practice

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With offices in Sacramento CA and Irvine CA, the lawyers at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn provide years of employment law experience, handling all aspects of discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace safety, sexual harassment and other employment related disputes.

We support clients across California, including the communities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Rocklin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lincoln, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Granite Bay, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, West Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton, Davis, Woodland, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

So, if you are a California employer, we can help with well conceived, practical solutions to employment law and employee benefits situations, workplace investigations, and cost-effective defense of employment lawsuits in state or federal court.  To learn how our experienced employment law attorneys can assist you with concerns regarding employment issues or vigorous and comprehensive defense in litigation, please contact Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn at (916) 400-2300.

Subrogation

Attorneys at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn are experienced in assisting entities recover for their losses. We litigate cases against drunk drivers, contractors and others who cause damage to property. We also pursue damages on behalf of public utilities for illegal diversion of power, which is a growing problem in California and can be a fruitful area of recovery for public agencies. Under California law, electricity providers can recover three times the amount of actual damages (treble damages) from persons who steal power, plus costs of suit and reasonable attorneys’ fees.  Our broad range of experience allows us to meet the varying needs of our clients.

Our attorneys understand that in order for subrogation to be successful, the entity needs to increase revenues without substantially increasing costs. It is our goal to provide effective yet efficient representation. Our experience in helping entities to recover for their losses allows us to provide effective legal representation at a reasonable cost. We understand the importance of early negotiation with insurance companies and responsible parties, but we have the experience and skill to take a case through trial in order to maximize the entity’s recovery. Once a judgment is obtained, our attorneys have the skills to help our clients legally enforce the judgment and obtain recovery.

Public and private entities who are looking for new ways to increase revenue should not overlook the potential to recover from third parties who damage or steal property.

With offices in Sacramento CA and Irvine CA, the lawyers at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn can support clients across California, in subrogation matters.

Appellate Law

The appellate attorneys of Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn have deep experience and proven results in the area of appellate law at the state and federal level handling civil and administrative law appeals, as well as law and motion matters in complex civil litigation and post-trial briefing.

Led by the experience and reputation of George E. Murphy, the firm’s appellate lawyers have represented clients in hundreds of appellate matters, and have obtained a plethora of published decisions establishing important legal precedent in many areas of the law, including: public entity liability, employment, insurance coverage and bad faith, complex business transactions, personal injury, product liability, family law, real estate, professional liability, and contract disputes.

Often working with trial counsel prior to filing an appeal, our appellate lawyers complement and enhance the efforts of trial counsel in a team approach to obtain the best possible result for our client. Recognizing our client’s interests to be paramount, sometimes the best advice will be to seek resolution without appeal or writ petition, and our attorneys are very adept at appellate level mediation. And, George Murphy is certified in Appellate Mediation by the 3rd District Court of Appeal. However, when settlement is not appropriate, each client of Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn can be confident that his or her case is in the best possible hands during the appellate phase of litigation.

In appellate law, the written legal brief is all-important; there is no discovery, and facts are limited to what was already presented in the trial court. At this level, Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn lawyers have a well-founded reputation for producing outstanding legal briefs that achieve a remarkable record of success.  No stone will be left unturned. Legal arguments will be cogent, clear and compelling.

Our appellate lawyers are admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court, and all districts of the California State Court of Appeal.

With offices in Sacramento CA and Irvine CA, the appellate lawyers at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn provide appellate law experience, handling civil appeals and administrative law matters for individuals, companies and agencies throughout California including,  the communities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Granite Bay, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, West Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton, Davis, Woodland, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Garden Grove and beyond.

To learn how our experienced Sacramento appellate law attorneys can assist you with an appeal or assist your client with an appeal, please contact Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn at (916) 400-2300.

Wine and Beer Law

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The craft beer industry is booming, not just in California, but throughout the country. The attorneys at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston and Quinn are committed to serving those in the industry and helping to ensure their business is successful.

For those thinking of starting a craft brewery, our craft beer lawyers will: help you choose the right type of business entity for your brewery; review your lease and/or purchase agreement for your facilities; advise you on licensing and regulatory compliance; review and/or negotiate your distribution contracts; assist you in obtaining the necessary copyright and/or trademark protection for your product, labels, and logos; and help you develop an employee handbook and put in place employee contracts that will protect your interests. Many of these services can be provided for a flat rate.

For those of you already in the industry, our craft beer lawyers are here to help you with all of your ongoing legal needs, and keep you up-to-date on the numerous laws and regulations governing the world of craft beer. With our craft beer lawyers looking out for you, you can spend less time worrying and more time doing what you love.

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Wine Law

Our wine law attorneys represent a variety of clients throughout the wine industry, from vineyard installation services, winegrape growers and purchasers, winemakers, tasting rooms, and wineries. The wine industry in California is booming. From the foothills of Amador County to the Temecula Valley, our wine law attorneys across the state know how important it is to keep in compliance to continue the expansion of this business. Whether you are considering adding a vineyard to your property, creating a new label for your wine, trademarking your logo, opening a tasting room, or selling your winery, we are here to help. We truly represent “vines to wines,” and everything in between.

If you are already part of the wine world, you know the regulations involved are thick, tangled, and always evolving. The wine law attorneys at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn are well versed in federal, state, and local statutes and regulations to ensure that you stay in compliance. We have extensive understanding of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and local ordinances specific to your area. In addition, we are committed to keeping up with the changing (and sometimes conflicting) developments of the industry by attending continued legal education seminars, trade shows, and being active members of leading wine-related professional organizations.

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Our services include regulatory assistance, contracts, real estate leasing and purchasing, employment issues, land use, litigation, trademark and copyright registration, and insurance evaluations and services. We have attorneys on staff that are fluent in Spanish, Italian, and French. To learn how our experienced wine law attorneys can assist you with all your wine/craft beer-related issues, please contact Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn at (916) 400-2300.

Representing Railroad Companies

Our attorneys represent railroad companies in litigation involving personal injury, property damage, and employment matters.  A substantial portion of our railroad practice is the defense of personal injury matters brought by railroad employees under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, a federal statute providing the exclusive remedy to railroad employees who have allegedly sustained injury or contracted an occupational disease while employed by a rail carrier.  Our attorneys have litigated FELA matters involving acute injuries, claims of cumulative trauma, and those alleging occupational hearing loss.

Experienced Railroad Litigation Attorneys

The railroad litigators at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn are well versed in all federal statutes and regulations affecting railroad companies, including the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the Safety Appliance Act, the Locomotive Inspection Act, and the Railway Labor Act.  Having a firm grasp on the evolving legal issues facing the railroad industry allows us to effectively defend our clients during all stages of litigation.  We pride ourselves in the quality of our written and oral advocacy.  We are dedicated to providing effective legal services to our clients.

Our attorneys have also represented railroad companies in cases involving grade crossing accidents, trespasser injuries, and derailments.  Our attorneys have experience defending property damage matters alleging flood and fire damage.  The broad experience of our railroad litigators also includes defending railroad companies and individual railroad employees in employment discrimination suits brought under both state and federal law.

Our knowledge and expertise in these areas have allowed us to successfully defend our clients’ interest in federal and state courts throughout the State of California.  We have also handled appeals on behalf of our railroad clients and our attorneys have successfully argued in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a major Class I railroad.

To learn how our experienced railroad attorneys can assist you with all your railroad related issues, please contact Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn at (916) 400-2300.

Attorneys and Legal Counsel for JPAs

Having represented Joint Power Authorities (JPAs) since the mid-1990s, our attorneys understand the pertinent law, operations and characteristics of California JPAs and the unique interrelationship between a JPA and its members.  Our experienced attorneys assist JPAs in several distinct areas.

Many California JPAs exist to pool risk for their members, and may retain our lawyers to represent their member public entities.  In the event of an adverse judgment at trial, JPAs need experienced appellate counsel that understand the needs of the particular member, as well as the importance of precedent-setting decisions on other similar public entities. Our attorneys often represent public entities in high-profile appeals, including many resulting in published opinions.

Our lawyers also work with claims and risk management services companies to provide litigation management assistance and risk avoidance planning.

Risk pool JPAs normally have a coverage contract or memorandum of coverage describing the scope of the coverage provided.  When issues arise about the scope of that coverage, our attorneys are able to analyze the language of the relevant Coverage Contracts or Memoranda of Coverage, with an appreciation for the purpose and intent of public entity risk pooling.  While such documents may in some ways resemble insurance, there are important differences not appreciated by attorney firms without our experience. Our lawyers also represent risk pool JPAs when they have disputes with insurers who may provide reinsurance, concurrent coverage or consecutive coverage.

Because JPAs are local public entities under California law, the experienced JPA attorneys of Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn provide advice and representation with regard to their obligations under the Brown Act [open meeting law], the Public Records Act [California freedom of information act], the Political Reform Act, and pursuant to their governing documents.

We are honored to serve the interests of public entities throughout the state of California, having represented the State of California itself, and a multitude of cities, counties, public agencies, municipal utilities, and school districts. Our attorneys provide legal services at a significantly reduced fee schedule for JPAs, member public entities and risk management companies that serve the needs of California public entities.

With offices in Sacramento CA and Irvine CA, the lawyers at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn have years of experience supporting and providing effective counsel to Joint Powers Authorities in California, including in the communities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Granite Bay, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, West Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton, Davis, Woodland, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

To learn how our experienced Sacramento JPA attorneys can assist you, please contact Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn at (916) 400-2300.

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Wills and Trusts

Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn offers comprehensive estate planning services and advice for families and individuals at every stage in their life, and at all levels of wealth. Our estate planning attorneys can assist you with creating and administering trusts, wills, probate, and asset protection mechanisms to ensure your estate passes to future generations in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible, while minimizing estate taxes.

Estate Planning enables you to ease the burden on your family at a difficult time, protect your privacy, preserve your assets, and direct your property as you choose. Our trust attorneys will ensure that dependent children or adults can be provided for through a trust governed according to your instructions. Estate planning typically also includes preparation for possible future incapacity by designating others to act for you when you cannot act for yourself.

At Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn, our estate planning lawyers listen attentively to ensure that we understand your objectives and your wishes. Our attorneys will educate you with the information you need regarding the different mechanisms available under the law to make effective choices that accomplish your objectives. We explain in everyday language how the process works, work with you to determine your goals and desires, then prepare the necessary legal instruments to implement your plans.

Post-Death Trust and Probate Administration

Whether you have the need to manage a will through probate, create a simple trust for a couple with a home and children, a complex estate requiring advanced structuring, or wish to set up a lifetime gifting program, Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn have estate planning attorneys that will provide the optimal solutions. Our objectives are to provide you with the estate planning and trust administration you need to enable you to ensure your estate passes to your heirs quickly, and cost effectively, while avoiding probate, minimizing taxes and protecting your assets.

Our Estate Planning, Trust, & Probate Services include:

  1. Estate tax Planning and Strategy
  2. Simple Trust
  3. Complex Trust
  4. Pour-Over Will
  5. Managing the Probate Process
  6. Health Care Power of Attorney
  7. Financial Power of Attorney
  8. Conservatorship and Guardianship
  9. Real Estate Transactions
  10. Asset Allocation and Trust Subdivision

Estate Planning Brochure

With offices in Sacramento CA and Irvine CA, the lawyers at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn provide estate planning experience, handling all aspects of trusts, wills, probate, and asset protection for individuals and families of all wealth levels at any stage in their life. With offices in Sacramento and Huntington Beach we support clients across California, including the communities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Rocklin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lincoln, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Granite Bay, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, West Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton, Davis, Woodland, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Garden Grove. To learn how our experienced attorneys can assist you with all your estate planning needs, please contact Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn at (916) 400-2300.

Insurance Coverage And Bad Faith

Insurance coverage is a technical and confusing area of law which requires years of experience to master. The attorneys of Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn have over 100 combined years of experience handling all types of insurance problems and issues. Our attorneys have obtained numerous published decisions from the California Court of Appeal helping to shape the law of insurance coverage in the state of California. Our attorneys have written hundreds of insurance coverage opinions for clients, analyzing various policies in different factual settings. Attorneys at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn are experienced with various policies and coverages, including:

  • Commercial General Liability Policies
  • Excess Policies
  • Reinsurance Coverage
  • Homeowners Insurance Policies
  • Auto Insurance Policies
  • Property and Casualty Insurance Coverage
  • Errors and Omissions Policies
  • Claims Made Coverage
  • Occurrence Coverage
  • Additional Insured Endorsements
  • Contractors’ Coverage
  • Aircraft Policies
  • Boating Policies
  • Employment Practices Liability Coverage
  • Hospital Policies
  • Disability Policies
  • Vendors Endorsements
  • Umbrella Policies

Attorneys at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn represent insureds and insurers in providing cogent and cutting edge analysis. When a dispute arises, our attorneys are extremely well positioned to make the best coverage arguments for our clients, often persuading the other party to our clients’ view and avoiding protracted litigating. However, if resolution is not otherwise available, Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn’s attorneys have a proven track record of successfully litigated insurance coverage cases through judgment and appeal.

We have defended insurance companies and sued insurance companies, giving us the unique perspective to understand our adversary’s strategies and weak spots. Unlike some law firms, we do not vilify the entire insurance industry. Many insurers are fair, professional and reasonable in their handling of claims and we provide coverage advice to some of them who appreciate our in-depth understanding of insurance law and our ability to provide clear and objective opinions regarding the insurer’s contractual duty. In cases where an insurer is unreasonable in its conduct toward its insured, we have represented insureds in “bad faith” litigation, seeking to enforce the insured’s rights and to obtain appropriate financial recovery.

Some policies have language requiring or permitting the insured and the insurer to engage in arbitration, as an alternative to litigation in court. We have handled numerous such arbitrations and are quite familiar with the issues and procedures.

Real Estate Law

Real Estate Transaction & Litigation Attorneys

One of the core competencies of Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn is real estate law.  Our real estate attorneys have experience in both real estate transactions and litigation, in all their various forms–from Agents to Zoning and everything in between.  We advise clients on such matters as: purchases and sales, disclosures, financing, foreclosures, easements, leases, ADA compliance, zoning, fiduciary obligations of agents and brokers, and more.

Attorneys at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn have practiced in this area for decades and are familiar with the issues that swirl around real estate transactions.  Our lawyers take the time to understand your situation and needs, then we tailor our approach to your specific circumstances and your goals for the future.  Engaging experienced lawyers with successful track records to properly prepare contracts and other documents, along with careful planning can minimize disputes and costly litigation.

From the most straight-forward transaction to the most complex negotiations, you can expect only the very best advice and guidance from our experience real estate lawyers.  Hence, clients of Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn find it beneficial to consult with one of our real estate attorneys when a transaction is contemplated or when a problem first appears on the horizon.

Real Estate Transactions

With offices in Sacramento and Irvine, Murphy, Campbell, Alliston, & Quinn experienced real estate law attorneys offer sound advice and a sophisticated approach to addressing a broad range of real estate transaction needs throughout California.

Our real estate lawyers represent sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants in the purchase, sale or leasing of commercial property of all kinds.  Offices, retail space, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, restaurants, franchise outlets, auto dealerships, multi-family dwellings and homes. Our ability to define purchase, lease or option terms and create the appropriate legal documents can protect your investment and your future growth, while securing and protecting your immediate real estate needs.

From the most straight forward transactions to the most complex negotiations, the real estate attorneys at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn can be counted on to provide the very best guidance, advice, and legal support for all your real estate transaction needs.
Our Real Estate Transaction law practice has experience in:

  • Real estate partnerships and LLP’s
  • Residential and commercial real estate sales
  • Contracts
  • Development
  • Covenants
  • Easements
  • Residential and commercial real estate leasing
  • Landlord/tenant management problems and disputes
  • Construction Law
  • Business entity formations and transactions

Real Estate Litigation

It is unfortunate, but highly likely that if you have a business for any length of time you will either wind up filing a lawsuit or being sued. And real estate is no exception. There are a wide variety of circumstances and events that can lead to a dispute that can only be resolved with litigation.

In litigation, it is absolutely essential that you have an advocate who not only understands the intricacies of the law, but also your business.  At Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn, our real estate lawyers ask the right questions to fully understand your situation so we can effectively prepare and develop your case. Our attorneys have a deep background in both real estate and construction law, enabling us to provide you with the counsel and guidance you need in the event of litigation.

When our attorneys approach real estate litigation, our objectives are to identify the broadest range of favorable outcomes, keep expenses and uncertainty to a minimum, and keep you fully informed and aware of your options at every stage in the process.  Whether you are an experienced and savvy real estate client, or are facing a lawsuit for the first time, our real estate litigation lawyers will provide forceful representation in court, considering your objectives, your risk tolerance and budget. Our objective is to enable you to make informed choices about your situation, with the confidence of knowing that your attorneys are ready, willing and able to fully protect your rights in court through trial and appeal.

Our Real Estate Litigation practice has experience in:

  • Landlord-tenant litigation
  • Zoning and land use disputes
  • Breach of contract, lease or purchase agreement claims
  • Property and boundary disputes
  • Construction defects or contract litigation
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Eminent domain or condemnation disputes
  • Enforcing buyer’s rights under a purchase agreement
  • Fraud, misrepresentation, or nondisclosure claims against sellers or brokers
  • Tax liens, judgment liens, or mechanics’ liens
  • Property tax assessment disputes
  • Mortgage foreclosure concerns and negotiating distressed property workouts

With offices in Sacramento CA and Huntington Beach CA, the lawyers at Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn provide years of real estate and construction law experience, handling all aspects of real estate transactions and litigation.  Our attorneys represent buyers, sellers, landlords, and developers across California, including the communities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Rocklin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lincoln, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Granite Bay, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, West Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton, Davis, Woodland, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

To learn how our experienced Sacramento real estate law attorneys can assist you with all your real estate and construction issues, please contact Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn at (916) 400-2300.