Barbara Anne Murphy

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Barbara Murphy represents  individuals and families on comprehensive tax planning – income, gift and estate – with a special emphasis on philanthropic planning. She has extensive experience representing charitable organizations, including private foundations and public charities, with endowments ranging from several million to a billion.

In her Trusts and Estates practice, Ms. Murphy  counsels clients on estate planning, estate and gift taxation, income tax planning and income taxation, charitable gift planning, trust and estate administration, and compliance review of individual, trust, gift and estate tax returns. Ms. Murphy also has successfully represented many individuals and families in audits before the IRS and the FTB, as well as numerous state taxing authorities across the country.

Ms. Murphy’s Exempt Organization practice focuses on all aspects of charitable organizations, including entity formation and exemptions, business planning, grant strategies and agreements, governance, regulatory compliance matters, mergers and dissolutions.

She is the chair of Farella Braun + Martel’s Exempt Organization practice, and a partner in the firm’s Family Wealth group. She is a frequent speaker on taxes and issues affecting exempt organizations. She also co-chairs the firm’s Non-Profit Education seminar series. She is recognized in The Legal 500 United States 2016 and 2017 Not-for Profit practice area.


  • Member, President Emeritas,  San Francisco Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Board of Directors, Northern California Planned Giving Council
  • Vice Chair, California Pacific Medical Center Foundation Planned Giving Council
  • Member, American Cancer Society, Inc. San Francisco Advisory Board
  • Member, St. Raymond Catholic Church Pastoral Council
  • Member, Women's Impact Network Committee