The Daily Transcript congratulates Legal Management 2009

This section recognizes San Diego County's outstanding Legal Management professionals of 2009, who were chosen based on the following criteria: Leadership, Communication, Operations Management, Financial Business Management and Human Resource Management.

2009 Legal Management

Finalist

Richard Bigelow

Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

Lisa S. Easterly

Latham & Watkins LLP

Georgia Ferrel

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Marina Field

Troutman Sanders

Liz Mackres

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Patty Marshall

Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

Diana Mueller

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Betty Murphy

Levine, Steinberg, Miller and Huver

Cynthia A. Winters

Fish & Richardson PC

2009 Legal Management Winner

Betty Murphy

Levine, Steinberg, Miller and Huver

Betty J. Murphy has been with the law firm of Levine Steinberg Miller & Huver since 1992 and acts as the office manager, bookkeeper and secretary to Harvey R. Levine. Her duties are numerous and varied. She assists Levine in his trial work including trial preparation and support. Murphy also assists Levine with his legal work, coordinating all his travel and seminars, meetings, telephone conferences and event planning. She also helped produce a company called Litigation Skills Forum Inc. As director of operations she is responsible for putting together seminars, as well as the sale and distribution of educational video and audio tapes that assist attorneys in the practice of law.

Further, Murphy handles most employment issues and is the firm's bookkeeper. Within the scope of her bookkeeping duties, she pays all bills, makes all deposits, prepares payroll and all associated returns, prepares all client disbursements, prepares financial statements and interfaces with the accountant in the preparation of tax returns. She is also responsible for the firm's marketing and public relations, including but not limited to Web site information and updating, brochures, and is involved in the decision making for all promotional materials. She is responsible for maintaining and updating all the firm's assets including insurance policies, computers and telephone system.

Murphy also founded and runs her own business, Murphy Bookkeeping Service, offering part-time bookkeeping for small and medium businesses such as Rainwaters Restaurant, Sundance Stage Lines, Medco Pharmacy, Crown Point Catering, and numerous law firms.

Previously she was the bookkeeper for Stutz, McCormick, Mitchell and Verlasky and Holt, Rhoades and Hollywood before that. She started her career at San Diego Trust and Savings, where she eventually became operations supervisor, in charge of the entire teller line and all behind-the-scenes operations involved with checking, savings and loan accounts.

Murphy was on the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association. She has successfully competed in a marathon and is currently training to participate in the 2009 Rock N' Roll Marathon.

In addition to her career, Murphy is raising her niece Kaili and her nephew Lu.