Jennifer Murakami

Associate

jmurakami@mcmanislaw.com

Telephone
408.279.8700
Facsimile
408.279.3244

Jennifer is known for her direct, thorough, and energetic approach to litigation.  She represents Silicon Valley companies and individual clients in a wide range of complex civil matters, and has significant trial experience in both state and federal courts.  She is a trusted advisor and vigorous advocate in every stage of the litigation process, from risk assessment, pleadings, discovery, dispositive motions, mediations, trials, to appeals.

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Jennifer is known for her direct, thorough, and energetic approach to litigation.  She represents Silicon Valley companies and individual clients in a wide range of complex civil matters, and has significant trial experience in both state and federal courts.  She is a trusted advisor and vigorous advocate in every stage of the litigation process, from risk assessment, pleadings, discovery, dispositive motions, mediations, trials, to appeals.

In her commercial practice, Jennifer helps resolve claims related to breach of contract, business torts, partnership and shareholder disputes, unfair competition, and trade secrets.  She has represented domestic and foreign clients from a variety of industries and has experience overseeing transnational litigation.  Jennifer has also achieved positive outcomes in a number of civil rights cases against local municipalities and the federal government, resulting in judgments that benefit the general public. 

While at U.C. Berkeley Law, Jennifer was the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian American Law Journal, and externed for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed against federal government in first trial ever to challenge the constitutionality of terrorist watchlists, including the No-Fly List.  The case involved a former Stanford PhD student from Malaysia who was erroneously watchlisted and barred from returning to the United States.  After eight years of litigation, including two dismissals by the district court, two reversals from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and a week-long trial, our client’s name was finally cleared. 
  • Successfully defended a major Silicon Valley networking company against contractual claims arising from asset purchase transaction.
  • Obtained favorable defense verdict for employer in a retaliation, harassment, race, national origin and sex discrimination case after a two-week jury trial in Northern District of California.
  • Secured summary judgment for plaintiff in a case of first impression, seeking public records from local council members’ electronic devices under the California Public Records Act.
  • Successfully challenged the constitutionality of campaign finance ordinances imposing temporal restrictions on election contributions, resulting in judgment against local governmental entity.

Professional and Community Contributions

Jennifer serves as a co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV).

Awards and Honors

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Pro Bono Award, 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2015, 2016)

Reported Cases

  • Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security (N.D. Cal., Jan. 14, 2014, No. 06-00545 WHA) ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2014 WL 6609111.

Admissions

State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and Southern District of California
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2010
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

Languages

French
Japanese