Emily Murphy practices complex commercial litigation in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, with a particular focus on professional liability and internal investigations.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Murphy clerked for Judge Richard A. Paez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also worked as a law clerk in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California.
- A public institution in an internal investigation stemming from whistleblower complaints.
- An international law firm and several of its partners in a legal malpractice action involving claims it mishandled a patent infringement trial.
- Serving as co-counsel with the National Immigration Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union, Salvadoran immigrant families and unaccompanied minors detained by the Department of Homeland Security in upholding their due process rights while detained in DHS facilities.
Ms. Murphy, who holds a doctorate in behavioral neuroscience, has published extensively in scientific, legal and interdisciplinary journals, most recently on issues at the intersection of neuroscience and law. She presents to judges and law faculty on issues related to neuroscience in the law, and provides continuing legal education to her colleagues and clients on the neuroscience of substance abuse and its implications for the legal profession.
Ms. Murphy also is the co-author of "Sexual Misconduct and Due Process," Daily Journal, Oct. 28, 2014, which addresses the conflicting requirements universities face in designing a disciplinary process for handling sexual misconduct on campus.
Ms. Murphy received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. While in law school, Ms. Murphy worked at the Mills Legal Clinic Three Strikes Project, where she filed a habeas petition on behalf of a non-violent third striker serving a 27-to-life sentence, and assisted in drafting Proposition 36, which modified elements of California’s “Three Strikes” law and was approved by voters in November 2012. Her client was released from prison under Proposition 36 in March 2013.
Ms. Murphy earned her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Cambridge and holds an A.B., magna cum laude, in psychology/mind, brain, behavior from Harvard University.
Prior to law school, Ms. Murphy was a research fellow and lecturer at Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and the Biosciences and a postdoctoral fellow on the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project.