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Ann Colville Murphy obtained her law degree at AmericanUniversity’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and was admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 1999 and the California State Bar in 2006. Prior to attending law school, she worked internationally in election monitoring and democratic development for a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization.

During law school, Ann completed various internships with organizations in and around Washington, D.C., including the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the MontgomeryCountyState’s Attorney, and private practitioners in the fields of taxation and consumer advocacy.  Ann was Dean’s Fellow for Professor Herman Schwartz and completed the Federal Tax Clinic wherein she represented disadvantaged taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and United States Tax Court as a third-year law student.

Following her graduation from law school, Ann accepted a position as a tax law associate with an international accounting firm where she counseled various corporations, not-for-profit entities and high net-worth individuals with regard to tax planning and reporting.  She then returned to her work in international election law, drafting constitutions and electoral codes for developing democracies and serving as Chief Legal Officer for a United Nations-sponsored election observation mission.

In late 2002, Ann decided to return to the CentralCoast where she grew up.  She joined a corporate law practice specializing in community banking, securities and mergers and acquisitions.  After three years with that firm, Ann accepted a position with Toews Law Office in January 2008, where she now specializes in corporate, tax and estate planning matters.

Ann has served on the Board of Directors of the SLO County YMCA, Senior Volunteer Services/RSVP and she was President of the Board of Directors of Happy Time Cooperative Preschool from 2009 until 2012. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association.

Ann received her undergraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations with distinction from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1992.  She is married and has two young sons.

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