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Attorney Highlight  

Shawn Murphy

Congratulations to MOBO Attorney, Shawn Murphy, on officially becoming a California Certified Family Law Specialist as of May 1, 2021! MOBO is proud of all of the hard work Shawn Murphy has put forth in the area of family law and is grateful to have her as part of the MOBO team!

Where did you go to school/obtain your degree?
I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Master of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Chico, and my Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

What is your primary focus(es) in the practice of law?
My primary focus is on family law. As a Certified Family Law Specialist, a distinction earned by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, I particularly enjoy concentrating on complex dissolution, jurisdictional disputes, and interstate and international custody and child support issues.

What has been your most fulfilling or rewarding experience in the practice of law?
I find scholarship and learning to be rewarding, and I use my passion for knowledge to increase my competence and expertise in assisting clients with complex family law custody issues. Because these areas of law are very complex and nuanced, and clients dealing with these types of issues are in need of skilled help, it is very fulfilling to provide my services and use my knowledge to obtain positive results for our clients.

Where are you originally from and which MOBO Law office are you based out of?
I was born and raised in Oregon, but I have called Chico, California home for almost 25 years. I am based out of our Chico office.

Why did you undertake the practice of law?
From a very early age, I knew I wanted to practice law as I have always had a desire to help people. I enjoy advocating for my clients and I find the practice of law to be intellectually and professionally stimulating and challenging.

What made you choose MOBO Law?
I was attracted to the collaborative and supportive environment of MOBO and the caliber of the attorneys and staff that work for our firm. MOBO’s commitment to quality representation of the community and its clients made MOBO Law a clear choice for my career.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is helping clients achieve their goals, put the pieces of their lives back together, and move forward from one of the most difficult periods in their lives.


Settlement Agreements in Employment Disputes

California’s Code of Civil Procedure currently prohibits the use of no-rehire provisions within settlement agreements arising from employment-related disputes. The only exception to this is if the employer has made a good faith determination that the aggrieved party has engaged in sexual harassment or sexual assault.

The recently enacted AB-2143 has amended this provision to allow no-rehire provisions also in the event an aggrieved party has engaged in criminal conduct. For such exception to apply, the employer must have made and documented a good faith determination of such conduct prior to the aggrieved party filing a claim against the employer. This law also clarifies that in order for someone to be considered an “aggrieved party” covered by the statute, an employee must file their claim against the employer in good faith.

For further information regarding exceptions to the no-rehire provision regarding settlement agreements in employment-related disputes, please contact MOBO or visit the website


Representation in Arbitration for Financially Disabled Persons

Existing California Law provides that a Labor Commissioner may represent a claimant who is financially unable to represent themselves in a hearing in which an employer is appealing an order of the commissioner. Further, existing law provides that the commissioner is required to represent the claimant in the event the claimant is attempting to uphold the amount awarded by the commissioner and the claimant is not objecting to any part of the final order.

Effective January 1, 2021, SB-1384 was passed to expand the Labor Commissioner’s representation of claimants who cannot afford counsel in arbitrations. This new law requires employers to serve petitions to compel arbitration upon the Labor Commissioner, and it allows the Labor Commissioner to then represent claimants in proceedings to determine whether or not arbitration agreements are enforceable.

For further information regarding representation of financially disabled persons in arbitrations, please contact MOBO or visit the website.

If you have questions regarding employment-related disputes or representation in arbitration, please contact MOBO LAW, LLP.

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