Jesse Franklin Murdock

Jesse Franklin-Murdock


Jesse Franklin-Murdock joined Dhillon Law Group as an associate attorney in 2021. Since joining DLG, Jesse has drawn on his training as a federal law clerk and commercial litigator to protect the rights and freedoms of Americans in courts across the country. Jesse’s practice focuses on First Amendment and defamation law, political law, employment law, and commercial litigation.

Contact Information

  • Law Clerk to United States District Judge Jill A. Otake, United States District Court for the District of Hawaii (2020–2021)
  • Owner, Jesse D. Franklin-Murdock, LLLC (Honolulu, Hawaii, 2020)
  • Associate Attorney, Kobayashi Sugita & Goda, LLP (Honolulu, Hawaii, 2017–2020)
  • Extern to Chief United States District Judge J. Michael Seabright, United States District Court for the District of Hawaii (2016)
  • Summer Associate, Kobayashi Sugita & Goda, LLP (Honolulu, Hawaii, 2016)
  • Extern to now-Senior United States Circuit Judge Richard R. Clifton, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2015–2016)
  • J.D., summa cum laude, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Outside Articles Editor, University of Hawaii Law Review
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (highest grade in class):
    • Business Associations
    • Legal Practice I (legal writing)
    • Real Property I
    • Real Property II
    • State and Local Government and Finance
  • Academic Success Teaching Assistant (Real Property I, Professor David L. Callies)
  • Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher Scholarship
  • McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon Scholarship
  • Vindman v. Trump, et al. (D.D.C. 2022) (helped secure complete dismissal of civil rights claims brought by Alexander Vindman related to the 2020 presidential impeachment trial)
  • Greenburg v. Wray, et al. (Ariz. Super. Ct. 2023) (successful anti-SLAPP motion following full day evidentiary hearing resulting in complete dismissal)
  • Reynolds v. Preston (N.D. Cal. 2023) (defeated San Francisco supervisor’s motion to dismiss First Amendment case brought on behalf of San Francisco journalist)
  • Pharmacist v. Hospital (N.J. Super. Ct. 2022) (obtained order to show cause enjoining hospital from terminating employee who sought medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccine requirement)
  • Wray, et al. v. Greenburg, et al. (D. Ariz. 2022) (helped defeat father of school board president’s motion to dismiss First Amendment retaliation and defamation claims brought on behalf of parents)
  • Siegemund v. Le Lycée Francais de Los Angeles (Cal. Super. Ct. 2023) (successful anti-SLAPP motion after school filed cross-complaint against teacher suing for political discrimination)
  • Begley v. County of Kauai, et al. (D. Haw. 2019) (helped obtain judgment on the pleadings and summary judgment on all claims asserted against assistant chief of police in employment discrimination case)
  • Obtained corrections from major newspapers on behalf of public figures
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of Hawaii
  • Federal District Courts:
    • Central District of California
    • Eastern District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • District of Columbia
    • District of Hawaii
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Pro Hac Vice Admissions:
    • District of Arizona
    • Arizona Superior Court, Maricopa County
    • Middle District of Florida
    • Southern District of Florida
    • District of New Jersey
    • New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County
    • Southern District of New York
  • Delegate, California Republican Party
  • Member, Federalist Society
  • Member, Lincoln Club of Northern California
Jesse Franklin-Murdock - Dhillon Law Group Associate
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