McMahon has practiced law in California and New York. She received her
undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of California
at Berkeley. At UCB, she regularly contributed articles to the school's
newspaper, The Daily Californian. She has written fiction and nonfiction.
Her legal commentaries have been published in newspapers and magazines
such as the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Inter-City
Express (San Francisco), and In Marin Magazine.
She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco,
currently one of the top 100 law schools in the United States. At USF,
she was a Staff Member of the Law Review and wrote an article for publication.
While in law school, she clerked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
in Washington, D.C. and in its San Francisco Regional Office.
Prior to establishing her own practice in 1992, she was in-house counsel
for Wells Fargo Bank for many years, handling transactional and litigation
matters arising from real estate secured financing and consumer financing.
She subsequently associated with a number of notable law firms including
Broad, Schultz, Larson & Weinberg, Chickering & Gregory, P.C.,
and Niven & Smith. She primarily represented banks, construction contractors,
and others in the real estate industry. During this time, she wrote a
legal column for the newspaper "Mill Valley Business."
Ms. McMahon presently is licensed to practice law in California and formally licensed in New York State. She possesses a California Real Estate Broker's license. She currently is licensed to practice law and/or specially admitted to practice before:
All Superior Courts of the State of California
All Appellate Courts of the State of California
The United States District Court, Northern District of California
The United States District Court, Central District of California
Over the years, she has received high praise from judges, justices, and
colleagues for her oral advocacy skills and writing ability. She developed
her advocacy skills "on the job" and from study at the National
Institute of Trial Advocacy, from which she received a diploma.
Ms. McMahon has been a guest speaker on television and radio. She appeared
frequently on a San Jose television broadcast called "You and the Law."
She appeared with her client on television to discuss her client's case,
which is the subject of a book written by David Heilbroner, "Death Benefit,"
and a television movie, "Justice for Annie." She has been a guest participant
on NPR Radio's "Your Legal Rights," with Chuck Finney.
Ms. McMahon has served as a Judge Pro Tempore and arbitrator. She served
as an arbitrator and Judge Pro Tempore for the Superior Court of Marin
County, hearing civil cases and presiding over mandatory settlement conferences.
She arbitrated many cases as an arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association.
She currently is a Judge Pro Tempore for the San Francisco Superior Court.
She regularly serves as a moot court judge for her alma mater, the University
of San Francisco.
Ms. McMahon is a past or present participating member of many legal, real
estate, and cultural associations , including:
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Bar Association of San Francisco
Marin County Bar Association
San Mateo Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
World Affairs Counsel
California Association Of Realtors
San Francisco Association Of Realtors
National Association Of Realtors
She is a notoriously strong advocate for her clients, representing their
interests to the fullest extent of the law. However, she is an ethical
lawyer who has a flawless record with both the California and New York
state bars. She lives by her word and philosophy-client first.