John C. Murphy

John C. Murphy

Murphy & Evertz Attorneys at Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • California
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John Murphy focuses his practice on eminent domain, inverse condemnation and other complex jury trials. He represents a wide variety of public agencies, corporations, and landowners. Mr. Murphy has been chosen repeatedly for inclusion in the definitive legal directory, Best Lawyers in America -- most recently in 2014 -- in two practice areas: eminent domain law and real estate law. From 2006 - 2014, the Los Angeles Times featured Mr. Murphy in its articles, "Southern California's Best Lawyers." Los Angeles magazine has listed him repeatedly in Southern California Super Lawyers. Orange Coast magazine named him in its April, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 features, "Best Lawyers in Orange County." In 2012, Best Lawyers in America, the nation's oldest and most respected legal peer-review publication, honored Mr. Murphy as its "Orange County Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of The Year." Mr. Murphy was also named one of the "Top 50 in Orange County" lawyers for 2012, and 2013 by Southern California's Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Murphy has served as lead trial counsel in numerous significant, successful jury trials. He speaks regularly on eminent domain issues and his cases have garnered significant press coverage. He has been the subject of two Los Angeles Daily Journal profiles and has been featured on the cover of both Verdicts and Settlements and the Daily Journal. John also won one of the largest jury verdicts ($14.6 million) ever obtained in Marin County Superior Court. In 2006, Mr. Murphy was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Association. He has been accorded an "AV-Preeminent" rating by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Murphy has managed, or played a lead role in, several major public agency acquisition projects.

University of California - Riverside
Honors: with honors
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
J.D. (1980)
Professional Experience
Murphy & Evertz Attorneys at Law
- Current
Articles & Publications
Eminent Domain & Inverse Condemnation: 2017 in Review
36 Cal. Real Prop. J. 2
Lewis Carroll, Humpty Dumpty and So-Called Final Offers
Daily Journal
Southern California Edison Strictly Liable for Property Damage
Los Angeles Daily Journal
Litigators on Experts, Strategies for Managing Expert Witnesses from Rentention through Trial
American Bar Association Litigation Section, ABA Publishing
Square Pegs, Round Holes, Easy Targets: Valuing Special-Use Property In Eminent Domain
The Appraisal Journal
Ground Lease Practice
Cont. Ed. Bar 2d ed.
Anderson Initiative (Prop. 90) Could Radically Impact California Eminent Domain Law
Coastal Post
Eminent Domain Reform Arrives in California Ahead of Election Day
California Real Estate Journal
Should Jurors Hear the Whole Story? Two Opinions Force a Look at the Role of Juries in Condemnation Trials
California Real Estate Journal
Appraisers as Expert Witnesses: What Makes Them So Special?
Right of Way – Journal of the International Right of Way Association
Speaking Engagements
Eminent Domain 101: Basics of Eminent Domain for the General Practitioner, California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
Sept. 15, 2018
Civil and Traffic Engineers: How We Can Be the Key to Unlock Your Case, 19th Annual CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, San Diego, CA
February 2017
Working With Witnesses In Eminent Domain, American Law Institute – Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE) National Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Conference, San Diego, CA
January 2017
Eminent Domain 101, County of Riverside, Riverside, CA
January 2017
What’s Wrong With The Law of Valuation in Eminent Domain?: Four Rules We Need To Change Now, 32nd ALI-CLE National Conference on Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, San Francisco, CA
February, 2015
You Can’t Whistle a Symphony: A Partnered Approach to Jury Selection in Eminent Domain,, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, San Francisco, CA
October, 2014
Eminent Domain Update: Developments in Eminent Domain Law Across the Country, IRWA Annual International Education Conference
June 2014, June 2013, September 2012, June 2012
Full-Take/Part-Take? The Need for New Rules, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Los Angeles, CA
May 2014
Should We Make a Federal Case Out of It? Navigating Eminent Domain in Federal Court, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Garden Grove, CA
April 2012
What’s So Good About Business Goodwill?, 29th ALI-ABA National Conference on Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, San Diego, CA
January 26-28, 2012
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers in America Legal Directory
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Real Estate Law; 2006-2017
Super Lawyer
Southern California Super Lawyers
Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate Litigation 2006-2017
Super Lawyer
Los Angeles Magazine
Real Estate Law 2007-2017
Southern California’s Best Lawyers
Los Angeles Times Articles
Best Lawyers in the LA Area
Los Angeles Times Article
Top Attorneys In Orange County
Orange Coast Magazine
Land Use/Zoning, 2006-2017
Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers in America” annual guide to Real Estate Law, in Corporate Counsel magazine
AV “Pre-eminent” Rating
Martindale Hubbell
Professional Associations
American Inns of Court, Warren J. Ferguson Inn
Activities: President (2005-2006); Vice President (2004-2005); Treasurer (2003); Executive Board (2002-present)
Lambda Alpha
Activities: Honorary Real Estate Fraternity
Appraisal Institute
American Bar Foundation
- Current
International Right-of-Way Association: Chapters 57, 67 and 1
- Current
Activities: Chapter 67, President (2000); President-Elect (1999); Executive Board (1996); Newsletter Editor (1996-1998)
California State Bar # 94192
- Current
Activities: Executive Committee, Real Property Section, (2017 – Present)
Chapman University Law School
Board of Visitors
Orange County Superior Court
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
Practice Area
  • Real Estate Law
  • English
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Murphy & Evertz Attorneys at Law
Contact & Map
Main Office
650 Town Center Drive Suite 550
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Telephone: (714) 277-1700