Overview

Mr. Murphy has over 30 years of trial experience in the state and federal courts around the country. He focuses in the defense of products liability, mass tort, class action, and catastrophic injury/death cases, and he is a lecturer/presenter on various aspects of his practice areas, including trial practice techniques. Mr. Murphy has tried countless cases before judges and juries and has the experience that enables him to anticipate the way the evidence will play out at trial. He also sits as an arbitrator and mediator and is very effective as a litigant in these settings.

Mr. Murphy began his career as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney under future Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. His judgment and trial skills led to his assignment to the “Career Criminal Unit,” where his supervisor was Ronald Castille, now Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

FOCUS AREAS

Mr. Murphy has handled many multidistrict litigations and other mass tort matters on behalf of manufacturers and has coordinated litigation throughout the state and federal court systems. He is frequently asked to be a member of national “trial teams” in such matters. Examples of the types of products Mr. Murphy has defended include prescription and over-the-counter medicines; nutritional supplements; cranes and other heavy machinery; flammable gasses; and soil fracturing equipment.

Education

  • Boston College Law School (J.D.)
  • Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude)

Professional Activities

International Association of Defense Counsel:

  • Board of Directors (2009 - 2012)
  • Foundation Board (2003 - 2011)
  • President, Foundation Board (2009 - 2011) 
  • Chair National Jury Trial Innovations Project 
  • I-Civics (State Chairman PA)
  • Faculty - IADC Trial Academy (Stanford Law School)

American Bar Association
Litigation Section

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Defense Research Institute

Professional Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Commonweath of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

NEWSROOM

Listed in Best Lawyers®, Products Liability Litigation - Defendants

Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, Personal Injury Defense: Products

AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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