Practice Area



Murphy Austin’s Appellate Practice Team has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in appellate court.

Our Appellate team members provide representation and consulting regarding appeals and writs in all substantive areas of civil litigation, including:

  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate and Construction Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice  Defense
  • Probate, Trust and Estate Litigation

Certified Appellate Law Specialist, Ellyn E. Nesbit, serves as the team’s lead appellate attorney and strategic advisor to clients and trial counsel regarding appeals and writs.

Ellyn Nesbit has considerable experience in evaluating litigated matters and handling appellate proceedings. Ellyn began her legal career in 1988 and she has more than 30 years of experience in appellate law. She has handled more than 50 appeals and writs. Ellyn is certified by the California State Bar as an Appellate Law Specialist.

A past Co-Chair with the Sixth District Appellate Justice, Ellyn is a member of the Appellate Courts Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and of the Appellate Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association. She has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for excellence in appellate law and in listed Northern California Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Appellate Attorney since 2013.