Rankings and Awards

While it’s not in our nature to boast, we do in fact have much to celebrate.

Murphy Austin was awarded Tier One rankings in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms reports for excellence in Construction Law (2010-2012, 2019-2023), Construction Litigation (2022), Real Estate Law (2014-2023), and Commercial Litigation (2018-2021). We are also named in Fortune magazine’s Top Ranked Law Firms by Martindale-Hubbell.

Murphy Austin has received the honor and distinction of having 13 attorneys recognized in the 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists and five lawyers named to the 2023 Best Lawyers in America. Murphy Austin construction law partner D. Michael Schoenfeld has four times been named Best Lawyers’ Sacramento Lawyer of the Year for excellence in Construction Law (2015, 2017, and 2019) and in Construction Litigation (2022). Insurance law partner Alexander F. Stuart has also been recognized four times as Best Lawyers’ San Jose Lawyer of the Year for excellence in Insurance Law (2013, 2016, 2018, and 2023). Certified Appellate Specialist Ellyn E. Nesbit was named Best Lawyers’ San Jose Lawyer of the Year for excellence in Appellate Practice in 2023. Corporate and tax law partner Jeffrey W. Curcio was named Best Lawyers Sacramento Lawyer of the Year for excellence in Corporate Law in 2023. Commercial real estate law partner Russell J. Austin was named Best Lawyers Sacramento Lawyer of the Year for excellence in Real Estate in 2010. Russell Austin was also selected by Sacramento County Bar Association as the Distinguished Attorney of the Year in 2017 and by Sacramento County Bar Foundation as a Centennial Fellow in 2018.

Northern California Super Lawyers

  • J. Scott Alexander, Construction Litigation (2020-2022)
  • Russell J. Austin, Real Estate (2005-2022)
  • Jeffrey W. Curcio, Tax Law (2019-2020, 2022)
  • Scott E. Galbreath, Employee Benefits (2021-2022)
  • Steven A. Lamon, Civil Litigation, Real Estate (2004)
  • Dennis R. Murphy, Employment and Labor (2005, 2006, and 2011-2022)
  • Ellyn E. Nesbit, Appellate Law (2013-2022)
  • Lisa D. Nicolls, Construction Litigation (2013-2022)
  • D. Michael Schoenfeld, Construction Litigation (2007-2022)
  • V. Blair Shahbazian, Construction Litigation (2013-2022)
  • Alexander F. Stuart, Insurance Coverage (2004-2022)

Rising Stars

  • Brian P. Bowen, Tax, Business/Corporate (2014)
  • Charles R. Hellstrom, Insurance Coverage (2021-2022)
  • Aaron B. Silva, Employment and Labor (2013-2021)
  • Eric W. Spears, Business/Corporate (2020-2022)
  • B.J. Susich, Business/Corporate (2012-2019)
  • R. Brooks Whitehead, Business/Corporate (2015-2021)
  • Vincent K. Wong, Real Estate (2021-2022)

Top 100 list: Northern California Super Lawyers

  • Russell J. Austin, Real Estate (2016-2018)

Top 25 list: Sacramento Super Lawyers

  • Russell J. Austin, Real Estate (2015-2018, 2020-2022)

Best Lawyers in America

  • Russell J. Austin, Real Estate Law (1997-2023)
  • Jeffrey W. Curcio, Corporate Law (2020-2023)
  • Dennis R. Murphy, Commercial Litigation (2014-2021)
  • Ellyn E. Nesbit, Appellate Law (2013-2023)
  • D. Michael Schoenfeld, Construction Law and Construction Litigation (2007-2023)
  • Alexander F. Stuart, Commercial Litigation (2013-2023), Insurance Law (2006-2023)

Best Lawyers’ Sacramento Lawyer of the Year, Construction Law

  • D. Michael Schoenfeld, Construction Litigation (2015, 2017, and 2019)

Best Lawyers’ Sacramento Lawyer of the Year, Construction Litigation

  • D. Michael Schoenfeld, Construction Litigation (2022)

Best Lawyers’ Sacramento Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law

  • Jeffrey W. Curcio, Corporate Law (2023)

Best Lawyers’ Sacramento Lawyer of the Year, Real Estate Law

  • Russell J. Austin, Real Estate Law (2010)

Best Lawyers’ San Jose Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Practice

  • Ellyn E. Nesbit  (2023)

Best Lawyers’ San Jose Lawyer of the Year, Insurance Law

  • Alexander F. Stuart, Insurance Law (2013, 2016, 2018, and 2023)

Centennial Fellow the Sacramento County Bar Foundation

  • Russell J. Austin awarded to “attorneys at the pinnacle of achievement who, through distinguished professional accomplishment and substantial civic involvement and philanthropy, have earned a legacy as founding pillars of the Sacramento legal community.” (2018)

SCBA’s Distinguished Attorney of the Year

  • Russell J. Austin,  awarded each year to the attorney who “through the practice of law, has made Sacramento a better place to live and work.” (2017)

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List

  • J. Scott Alexander, Construction (2020-2022) Construction Litigation (2022)
  • Russell J. Austin, Real Estate (2015-2022), Business/Corporate (2018-2022)
  • Brian P. Bowen, Tax (2016-2019, 2021)
  • Jeffrey W. Curcio, Tax (2018, 2020-2022), Business/Corporate (2020)
  • Scott E. Galbreath, Employee Benefits (2015-2017, 2020-2022), Tax (2021)
  • Steve A. Lamon, Construction Litigation (2016)
  • Dennis R. Murphy, Employment and Labor (2015, 2016, 2018-2019)
  • Lisa D. Nicolls, Construction Litigation (2015-2020), Construction Litigation (2022)
  • Michael R. O’Neil, Anti-Trust (2016-2017)
  • D. Michael Schoenfeld, Alternative Dispute Resolution (2016), Arbitration (2021), Construction (2015-2022), Construction Litigation (2015-2022)
  • Kenneth I. Schumaker, Construction (2016, 2021-2022)
  • V. Blair Shahbazian, Construction Litigation (2015, 2018), Construction (2020, 2022)
  • J. Michael Stusiak, General Litigation (2019)
  • B.J. Susich, Securities and Corporate Finance (2016), Business/Corporate (2019, 2021-2022)
  • Vincent K. Wong, Real Estate (2021)

Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar

  • Russell J. Austin (2013-2019)
  • Donald E. Brodeur (2013)
  • Dennis R. Murphy (2013-2014)
  • Catherine M. Oh (2016, 2019)
  • D. Michael Schoenfeld (2017, 2019)
  • V. Blair Shahbazian (2016, 2018-2019)
  • B.J. Susich (2018)

Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Honorees

  • Aaron B. Silva (2016)
  • B.J. Susich (2011)