DAVID D. MURRAY is an attorney with offices
in Newport Beach , 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 University , 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
and Southern 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, Virginia . 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 Bai , 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 Agency  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 Yankee Clipper , formerly the Vanderbilt family's yacht Pioneer, and the majestic 150 foot schooner, Polynesia, charter cruising the Bahamas, Virgin Islands , and the Windward and Leeward Islands 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 Carstarphen .

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 License.
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, the 70-foot
Uffa Fox designed Flying Fifty , and Diligence, a Sparkman & Stephens 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 from Belgium.

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,
collector of Chinese art, a poet, philosopher, backpacker, hiker, sailor, skier, and lover of the great outdoors.


ACHIEVEMENTS . . . . . .

* A/V Rated 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
   ...  June 1978.

* California State University Fullerton, Certificate in International Marketing
   ...  1994.

* American Jurisprudence Award winner in Criminal Law
   ...  1975.

* Certified Intern with the San Diego County District Attorneys Office
   ...  1976-77.

* Successful Business Law, Employment Law, and Immigration Law Practitioner
   ...  since June, 1978.

* Admitted to all Courts of the State of California
   ...  June, 1978.

* Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
   ...  June 1978.

* Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Central District of California
   ...  March, 1985.

* Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America
   ...  November, 1987.

* Arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee,
   ...  1990 to present

* Vietnam Veteran, Honorably Discharged from the United States Army
   ...  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,
   ... 1968-1969

* Licensed Merchant Marine Captain of Sail and Power driven vessels
   ... of up to 100 Net Registered Tons in 1974.

* Diamond mine owner/operator, Kasai Province, 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 bush.

* Speaker on Business and Immigration topics at professional seminars and industry meetings.


Past and Present Professional Affiliations:

* 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


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Newport Beach, California 92660-2989 USA
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