Elizabeth H. Murphy

Title: Partner
Phone: (213) 624-6900
Fax: (213) 624-6999
Email: ehm@manningllp.com

Elizabeth H. Murphy has been practicing law in California since 1994.  A Los Angeles native, Liz attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, from which she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1990, and USC Law School, from which she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1994. 

Liz received most of her training and experience at Buchalter Nemer in Los Angeles, where she practiced employment law until 2008.  Liz became a Shareholder at Buchalter Nemer in 2003, and joined Holme Roberts & Owen as a Partner in March, 2008. 

On October 1, 2009, Liz founded the Murphy Law Group, which exclusively represents management in employment disputes.  Liz represents a wide variety of California and national employers in various industries, including home healthcare, accounting, retail, banking, manufacturing, and hospitality.  Her practice includes advising employers in day-to-day management and decionmaking issues, such as handling sensitive terminations, preparing and negotiating employment and severance agreements, preparing and revising employee handbooks, training management and staff, and administering leaves of absence; and representing employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and other employment-related litigation in state and federal court, arbitration, and before various governmental agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Employment Development Department, and the Department of Labor.    

Liz also represents lessors and lenders in leasing disputes and real-estate fraud cases. 

Liz has handled scores of litigation matters from inception through completion.  She has first-chaired several employment arbitration cases; prepared, argued and prevailed in many summary judgment motions; and lead teams of lawyers through trial.  Most recently, in January 2009, Liz was lead trial counsel in a wrongful termination trial in the Los Angeles Central District Court, before Judge Otis D. Wright, in which the jury returned a unanymous verdict for the defense.  The case involved allegations of fraud, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and breach of contract.


J.D., University of Southern California School of Law, 1994.

B.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1990.


*  Certification Instructor, California Association of Health Services at Home;

 *  Senior Professional in Human Resources, certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute;

*  UCLA Extension, Instructor Lecturer;

*  Lecturer, Employer Resources Institute;

*  Board Member and Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee, Professionals In Human    Resources, District One;

*  Volunteer, Pasadena Humane Society.


California, 1994

Bar Associations

California Los Angeles County 

“Looking at the Client's Cause as Your Own,” (chapter) Inside the Minds: Negotiating Employment Disputes, Aspatore Books (2007) "Arbitration at Work," cover story of Los Angeles Lawyer (November 2001) "Weaving a Complicated Web for Garment Manufacturers," Fashion Manuscript (August 2000) "Firing At Will," Los Angeles Lawyer (July/August 1999) “Employee References: Employers Face Duties and Liabilities," Los Angeles Lawyer (Sept. 1997) “The Employer's Dilemma," Corporate Counsel Magazine (August 1997)