Shaun Murphy

Palm Springs Business Litigation Attorney

Chair, Litigation Practice Group

Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262

Telephone: 760.322.2275
Fax: 760.322.2107

Shaun M. Murphy is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated trial attorney and partner with Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP. Currently, Shaun’s practice is primarily complex civil litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury. Shaun has experience in a broad range of issues, including contract claims, real estate and land use, Native American law, trade secrets and trademark litigation, SLAPP-related litigation, public and private construction disputes. He has also successfully defended several commercial clients on a broad range of claims including trademark infringement, breach of contract, mine reclamation and solid waste landfill disposal. He has extensive mediation and arbitration experience and has tried cases in both state and federal courts.

Shaun has developed a national reputation in cases involving the transmission of sexually-transmitted disease claims. Shaun has obtained multi-million dollar jury verdicts with punitive damage awards in multiple states. The verdicts obtained in these cases are some of the largest reported verdicts in the Country. He has also obtained several, million dollar settlements for both commercial and personal injury clients.


The following are examples of matters that Shaun has handled:

  • Successfully defended one of the largest waste industry companies and its subsidiaries in a breach of contract and fraud action related to the processing of recyclable materials and obtained a settlement payment from the plaintiff for the company on its cross-complaint;
  • Successful represented large waste industry companies related to claims involving the Surface Mining And Reclamation Act (SMARA) arising from the reclamation and backfilling of former mining quarries;
  • Successfully defended Buzzbox Beverages, Inc. in a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal district court in Los Angeles;
  • Successfully opposed a SLAPP motion filed by homeowners association against individual homeowners suing to invalidate improper assessments;
  • Obtained a six-figure settlement for plaintiff in a highly-publicized defamation case after defeating the defendants’ SLAPP motion;
  • Represented a plaintiff on claims for battery and fraud against the defendant who failed to disclose his infection and infected her with genital herpes. The jury awarded $4.2 million in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages. The verdict is the largest ever in the United States for a case involving the transmission of genital herpes;
  • Represented a woman infected with genital herpes by her husband after 16 years of marriage. The jury awarded $2,492,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury’s verdict is the second largest ever for a case involving the transmission of genital herpes;
  • Represented women infected with genital herpes by well-known celebrities and public figures and have obtained several confidential settlements in excess of seven figures;
  • Obtained a $1.6 million verdict in Dallas, Texas for a women who contracted genital herpes from a man who failed to disclose his infection.


  • “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)



  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing and Research (2003-2004)
  • 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, J.D. (1992)
  • San Francisco State University, B.A., International Relations, cum laude (1989)


  • United States Supreme Court (1997)
  • California (1998)
  • Michigan (1992)
  • Texas (2014)
  • New York (2014)
  • United States District Courts, California (2000)
  • United States District Courts, Michigan (1992)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2017)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1993)
  • United States Tax Court (1994)


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


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