Shaun M. Murphy

Shaun M. Murphy is a trial attorney whose practice is primarily complex civil litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury emphasizing transmission of sexually-transmitted disease claims. Shaun is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and has a Superior rating from AVVO. Shaun is one of the nation’s leading trial attorneys in sexually-transmitted disease cases. He obtained the largest verdict in the United States on a transmission of genital herpes case and has the largest verdict in such cases in multiple states. Shaun has also obtained several, million-dollar settlements in such cases.

Throughout his career, Shaun has represented individuals and companies on a broad range of issues, including banking and financial services, employment claims, unfair competition, multi-jurisdictional product liability/recall actions, public and private construction disputes, trademark prosecution and infringement claims, and Indian land use projects. He has extensive mediation and arbitration experience and has tried cases in both state and federal courts.

Notable Engagements

  • Successfully represented a woman who contracted genital herpes after her partner failed to disclose the information to her before engaging in a sexual relationship. The jury in Riverside County Superior Court awarded $6,753,600 in medical expenses, emotional distress damages, and punitive damages.
  • Successfully represented a woman infected with genital herpes by her husband after 16 years of marriage. The jury in Los Angeles County Superior Court awarded $2,492,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
  • Successfully represented a woman infected with genital herpes after her partner, an anesthesiologist, failed to disclose that he was infected before engaging in a sexual relationship. The jury in Dallas County, Texas, awarded $1,665,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
  • Successfully negotiated several six and seven-figure settlements on behalf of injured victims infected with sexually transmitted diseases.


  • “Authenticating Web Pages: Can It Be Done?” California Litigation (Vol. 23, No. 2, 2010).
  • “Planning Ahead: the Importance of Validating Evidence In Civil Cases” New Developments in Evidentiary Law In California, Inside the Minds (Aspatore 2010)
  • Contributing Commentator, California Civil Jury Instruction Companion Handbook 2009-2010 (West Publishers) (§ 6:1)
  • Contributing Author, “Annual Survey of Michigan Law: Criminal Procedure,” Wayne Law Review (Vol. 42, No. 2A, Winter 1996)

Published Decisions

  • USA Waste of California, Inc. v. City of Irwindale (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 53
  • Behr v. Redmond (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 517
  • Peterson v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 844
  • F. v. A.S., 2017 Tex.App. LEXIS 7252 (No. 05-15-00254-CV)
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe v. McMahon, 934 F.3d 1076 (9th Cir. 2019)
  • Roger v. County of Riverside (2020) 44 Cal.App.5th 510

Teaching and Speaking Engagements

  • Sex Torts, presented at California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, PI/Civil Update, December 7, 2019, Indio, California
  • Marital Torts and Marvin Cases, co-presenter to the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, June 14, 2011, Marin, California
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing and Research (2003-2004)


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (1992)
  • San Francisco State University, A., International Relations, cum laude (1989)

Admitted to Practice

  • New York (2014)
  • Texas (2014)
  • California (1998)
  • United States Supreme Court (1997)
  • United States Tax Court (1994)
  • Michigan (1992)

Professional Affiliations

  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of Michigan
  • The State Bar of Texas
  • The State Bar of New York
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • American Association for Justice
  • Desert Bar Association

Contact Info

Phone: (760) 322-2275

Courses taught by SHAUN M. MURPHY

Monday: 9am - 6pm ET
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm ET
Wednesday: 9am - 6pm ET
Thursday: 9am - 6pm ET
Friday: 9am - 4pm ET
Saturday/Sunday: Email Only
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