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About Us


Since 1977, Mary Jo Murphy has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to individuals and businesses. The firm of M J Murphy has expertise that ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as financial statements and financial planning.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs, thorough research, and sound analysis. M J Murphy is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.

Our Team

Mary Jo Murphy, CPA

...received her Certified Public Accountant’s Certificate in August 1970, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana in 1970, and her Masters of Business Administration in Taxation in June 1976 from Golden Gate University. She has practiced in public accounting most of those years, but has also been an internal auditor and tax manager for large corporations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She was the President of the Peninsula Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and served on the State Board of Directors for four years. She was President of Soroptimist International of Burlingame-San Mateo/Mid Peninsula and Soroptimist International of South Peninsula.

Jimmy Sakamoto

...has been with M J Murphy for over 15 years. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business in 1981 from University of California, Berkeley.

Tracy Levine, CPA

… has worked with Mary Jo Murphy since 1984. While working with Mary Jo, Tracy enhanced her accounting and auditing experience, passed the CPA exam, and obtained her license in 1990. She also attended University of Phoenix night school and received an MS in Computer Information Systems in 1998. Tracy, now located in the East Bay, specializes in helping small businesses with their accounting and computer needs. She also prepares business and individual tax returns for M J Murphy.

Judy Hannig, CPA

… received her Certified Public Accountant’s Certificate in 1986 and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1981 from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. She is a member of the California Society for Certified Public Accountants. She has prepared tax returns for M J Murphy for the past 8 years.

Carol Torgerson

...has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. As Firm Administrator at M J Murphy, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office. Previously, she was President/CEO of the Foster City Chamber of Commerce for 3 years responsible to the Board of Directors for carrying out the program of work within their policy framework and financial budget. Carol was self employed for 15 years as owner of a PIP Printing franchise which was honored as 1994 Outstanding Business of the Year. Prior to that, Carol worked 13 years for an international engineering company in charge of project and general accounting, including payables and payroll. She also has sales and marketing experience.