Hon. Kevin J. Murphy (Ret.) has been a full time neutral since 2011, and brings 28 years of experience as a judge to his ADR practice as a mediator, arbitrator and discovery referee. For 3 of the 4 years prior to his retirement, Judge Murphy served as a civil case manager conducting law and motion hearings, arbitration and mediation conferences as well as settlement negotiations. Career highlights include serving as the Supervising Civil Judge in 2008 and being awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association in May 2012.
As a mediator, Judge Murphy is known for his pleasant demeanor and exceptional ability to listen, analyze and effectively communicate with all participants to reach settlement. Counsel describe Judge Murphy as a fair and smart arbitrator, who is able to grasp legal and factual issues quickly. Many courts throughout Northern California have appointed Judge Murphy as a discovery referee due to his strong ability to efficiently manage discovery in complex cases. In October 2012, the Daily Journal recognized Judge Murphy as a Rising Star Neutral.
ADR EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND
As a full time neutral, has conducted numerous mediations and arbitrations across a variety of practice areas, with emphasis in the following areas:
LEGAL AND JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE
1989 – 2011 Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court
1983 – 1989 Judge, Santa Clara County Municipal Court
1973 – 1983 Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County
AWARDS & PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Education and ADR Training
Business and Breach of Contract
Employment and Wage & Hour
Banking & Finance
Personal Injury and Tort Actions
Hon. Kevin J. Murphy
Santa Clara County Superior Court, Ret.