Thomas J. Murray
Of Counsel

: San Francisco: (415) 474-1900:

    TJ Murray is Of Counsel to Colman Law Group’s San Francisco office. He is a partner at Kern, Noda, Devine & Segal, representing individuals, corporations and municipalities.

    His areas of specialty include personal/catastrophic injury actions, commercial/business litigation, product liability, professional liability, construction, and general liability cases from inception through resolution. TJ has tried more than two dozen jury trials to verdict, including personal injury, wrongful death and municipal/premises liability cases. He also serves as a mediator upon request.

    Prior to his current firm, TJ was with McDowell Shaw & Colman and spent 11 years with USAA Insurance Company litigating personal injury matters in venues throughout the Bay Area.

    In addition, TJ has tried numerous excess exposure and major injury cases and resolved countless cases through the ADR process. His experience includes class action defense, business, contract, personal/catastrophic injury, construction, product liability, professional liability, premises liability, trade secret, advertising, uninsured motorist and punitive damage claims. TJ is skilled in arbitrations and mediations, and has taken and defended hundreds of depositions.

    Licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in California, he is also an arbitrator for the San Francisco Superior Court and a panelist for the San Francisco Bar Association’s Early Settlement Program.

    Education and early professional career
    After being released by the Seattle Seahawks in 1985, TJ finished his undergraduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and attended law school at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

    He was a merit scholar, on the dean’s list, participated in the mock trial program, and was the first Golden Gate student to extern at the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco. He then clerked for the Honorable Ira A. Brown in the law and motion department of the San Francisco Superior Court, where he learned the art of successful law and motion practice, inclusive of drafting successful summary judgment motions.

    In 1991, fresh out of law school, he joined Lynch, Gilardi & Grummer in San Francisco. He practiced in the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death, business, construction defect, intellectual property, insurance, professional liability, and employment litigation, working these cases up for trial and sitting second chair.


    Catastrophic Injury
    Municipal and Premises Liability
    Construction Defect
    Contract and Bad Faith Litigation


    Golden Gate University, San Francisco, J.D., 1991
    Catholic University, Washington, D.C., B.A.


    American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    San Francisco Bar Association
    Association of Defense Counsel
    Northern California Fraud Investigators Association (NCFIA)
    Risk Management Society (RIMS)

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