ABOUT DAVID D.
DAVID D. MURRAY is an
attorney with offices
, California in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles.
As an American Jurisprudence Law Award recipient
in Criminal Law,
and as a Certified Intern with the Office of the San Diego County
District Attorney, Mr. Murray began his legal career in the arena of
criminal prosecution. After handling many criminal matters as a
Certified Intern, and, after licensure, as criminal defense counsel,
Mr. Murray shifted the emphasis of his practice to civil matters,
representing companies and individuals world wide in legal matters
ranging from employer/employee disputes, contract negotiation and
drafting, copyright and trade secret enforcement, domestic and
international business transactions, business litigation, entity
formation, and U.S. corporate, business and family
related immigration matters.
Mr. Murray received a Bachelor
of Science degree in June of 1966 from Ball State
, Muncie, Indiana, and the degree
of Juris Doctor from Western State University
College of Law
Fullerton, California in December 1977.
Admitted to the practice of law in the State
of California in June of 1978, Mr. Murray is certified to practice
law before all courts of the State of California, the United States
District Court in the Central
Districts of California, and the Supreme Court of the United States
of America. Mr. Murray's professional affiliations have included
active membership in the State Bar of California, the American
Immigration Lawyer's Association, the State Bar of California
International Law Section,
the Orange County Bar
Association International Law Section, and the Orange County Bar
Association Immigration Law Section.
Mr. Murray served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, taking
Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individual
Training at Fort Lee,
. Remaining at Fort Lee as an instructor in
the Quartermaster School until deployment to the Republic of South
Vietnam in September 1968, Mr. Murray became one of the four
founding personnel of the HQ I Corps Tactical Zone Signal Group in
Phu Bai, South Vietnam
. While stationed at Phu
, in addition to his regular military duties, Mr. Murray
served as Professor of English at the University of Hue
, through the auspices of a United States Information
cultural exchange program.
Growing up in Michiana
Shores, Indiana, and learning to sail at age 15 aboard the 38-foot
wooden ketch Scherzo 2 1/2, on Lake Michigan,
at age 21 Mr. Murray took a hiatus from his university studies and
shipped out "before the mast" with Windjammer Cruises
as a deckhand aboard the 197 foot staysail schooner
, formerly the Vanderbilt family's yacht
Pioneer, and the majestic 150 foot schooner, Polynesia,
charter cruising the Bahamas,
and the Windward and Leeward
of the West Indies. The next year, after
graduating from college, Mr. Murray continued his professional sailing
career in the Virgin Islands as First Mate aboard the big gaff-rigged
Brixham Trawler charter yacht, Maverick,
under the command of his sailing mentor, Captain Jack
Serving as a deckhand aboard the schooners Yankee
Clipper and Polynesia, crew aboard Maverick,
and a delivery from the Virgin Islands to Florida and the Miami
to Nassau Sailboat Race aboard the classic champion sailing yacht
Ticonderoga qualified Mr.
Murray with sufficient sea-time to sit for his 100-ton Captain's
In 1973, Mr. Murray earned the rank of Merchant
Marine Captain, thereafter serving as Captain of the international
sailing yacht Mystic, a 60-foot Ted Brewer
designed aluminum ketch, and Bon Belle,
a 63-foot Phillip Rhodes
designed aluminum ketch. In addition, Mr.
Murray gained Caribbean sailboat charter experience as captain aboard
such famous sailing yachts as the historic 73-foot Nathaniel Herreshoff
designed NY 50, Spartan,
designed Flying Fifty , and Diligence,
a Sparkman &
designed Swan 57 .
In addition to running charters in the West Indies, from 1970 to
1972 Mr. Murray made a two-year single-handed voyage through the
Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean aboard the tiny 22-foot
sloop, Waltzing Matilda.
Mr. Murray's sailing adventures have taken him to ports
all along the New England Coast and down the East Coast of the United
States from Maine to Florida, sailing to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the
West Indies' Leeward and Windward Islands, cruising to South America,
twice through the Panama Canal and up the coast of Central America
and Mexico, and north-westward to California, in addition to sailing
in Hawaii, the Philippines, and the Mediterranean Sea. In a lifetime
of sailing, Mr. Murray has logged over 100,000 sea miles, chartering,
delivering, racing, and cruising aboard both traditional and modern
sailing yachts ranging in size from 22 to 197 feet.
Retiring from professional sailing in 1982, Mr. Murray has
devoted his full time to the practice of law, with the exception
of a six month sabbatical to establish a diamond mining operation
in the Kasai Province of Zaire (previously the Belgian Congo, and
now called Democratic Republic of Congo
), out in the African bush country, 60
kilometers from the town of Tshikapa, and
600 kilometers from the capitol city of Kinshasa.
Mr. Murray has written a book entitled
Africa, Africa. The book is a
cut-to-the-chase documentation of what daily life is
like mining diamonds in the wilds of the African bush, living
in a dirt floor hovel, without running water or an indoor toilet,
the only electricity provided by a 15kw diesel-powered generator
that provided power to bare, ceiling-hung, light bulbs and the
luxury of a TV that because there is no television reception in the
bush, featured only bootlegged videos in French, brought
When not practicing law, or otherwise engaged in various
business endeavors, Mr. Murray is an avid
motorcycle enthusiast, guitarist
(electric and acoustic), five-string banjo picker, writer,
of Chinese art, a
poet, philosopher, backpacker, hiker, sailor, skier, and lover of
the great outdoors.
. . . . . .
by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying very high to preeminent
legal ability for
expertise, experience, integrity, and overall professional excellence
in the practice of law.
* Graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Bachelor of Science, June 1966.
* Graduate of Western State
University College of Law, Fullerton, California
Juris Doctor, December, 1977.
* Admitted to the State
Bar of California
* California State University
in International Marketing
* American Jurisprudence Award winner in Criminal Law
* Certified Intern with the San
Diego County District Attorneys Office
* Successful Business Law,
Employment Law, and Immigration
since June, 1978.
* Admitted to all Courts
of the State of California
* Admitted to practice before the U.S.
District Court, Southern District of California
* Admitted to practice before the U.S.
District Court, Central District of California
* Admitted to practice before the Supreme
Court of the United States of America
* Arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association Fee
1990 to present
* Vietnam Veteran, Honorably Discharged from the United
Rank: Specialist 5.
* Attached to U.S.
Army HQ I Corps Tactical Signal Group, Provisional,
Phu Bai, South Vietnam, 1968-69.
* Instructor of English, University
of Hue, Hue, South Vietnam,
* Licensed Merchant Marine
Captain of Sail and Power driven vessels
... of up to 100 Net Registered Tons in 1974.
* Diamond mine owner/operator, Kasai
Zaire (now DR Congo), Africa.
* Officer of the Orange County
Bar Association Immigration Law Section.
* Member, Sigma
Chi Fraternity and Orange
County John Wayne Alumni Chapter.
* Author of numerous articles on Business
Law, Employment Law
and Immigration Law.
* Author of "Africa, Africa", a chronicle
of Mr. Murray's diamond mining adventures in the African
* Speaker on Business and Immigration
topics at professional seminars and industry meetings.
Past and Present Professional
* State Bar of California
* American Bar Association
* Orange County Bar Association
* American Trial Lawyers Association
* Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
* American Immigration Lawyers Association
* State Bar of California International Law Practice Section
* Orange County Bar Association Immigration Law Practice Section
* Orange County Bar Association International Law Practice Section
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID D.
1300 Bristol Street
North, Suite 100
Beach, California 92660-2989 USA
Tel: (949) 232-3036
Please see our Contact Page
for our email address.
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