James P. Murphy

James P. Murphy
Firm: Berry Moorman PC
Address: 535 Griswold, Suite 1900
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 223-1605
Fax: (313) 496-1300
E-mail: Contact Us
Web site: http://www.berrymoorman.com

Position Areas of Practice Litigation Percentage
Bar Admissions Education Affiliations
Representative Cases
Lawyer Profile:

Mr. Murphy joined the firm in 1984. "Murph" as he is known to his clients, friends and colleagues has been named a Super Lawyer for 2010. His approach to the practice of law is multi-disciplinary. Murph regularly handles matters typical for the firm's business clients, including bankruptcy, secured transactions, sales, contracts, commercial real estate and environmental law. Murph has developed a niche practice in matters involving fraud, including securities fraud. Murph is an experienced trial lawyer and represents clients in state and federal courts throughout Michigan. He has been admitted to practice in many federal and bankruptcy courts nationwide.

Murph's expertise in representation of creditors in bankruptcy compliments the firm's business law practice. His background in debtor/creditor matters includes private workouts commercial collections, liens and lien foreclosure. Murph has substantial experience in the arbitration of customer-broker disputes and claims involving securities and other business matters. He has defended class action and FLSA collective action cases. Murph acts as special environmental counsel for several municipalities and prosecutes ordinance violations. He has successfully litigated matters involving municipal waste, pollution, underground storage tanks, spill events, air releases, and black mold.

Clients rely on Murph for his fortitude and patience in difficult, complicated and commercially complex matters. He is skilled at marshalling the right amount of resources for particular litigation problems. He has over 25 years of experience in a variety of legal disciplines. His litigation background enables Murph to offer unique insight and perspective for clients making important business decisions.

Current Employment Position(s):

Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy Litigation
Business Disputes and Litigation
Complex and Commercial Litigation
ERISA Litigation
Securities Litigation
Litigation Percentage:
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Michigan, 1984
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1984
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1988
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1984
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Michigan, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989
U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1984

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1981

Representative Cases:
Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company v. Allstate Insurance Company, 202 F.3d 897 (6th Cir. 2000)
Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company v. Allstate Insurance Company, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22585 (E.D. Mich. 1998)
Hensley v. Fortis Benefits Insurance Company, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17270 (E.D. Mich. 1999)
Hertzberg v. Loyal American Life Insurance Co., 106 Bankr. 131 (E.D. Mich. 1989)
Krear, et al v. Malek, et al, 961 F. Supp. 1065 (E.D. Mich. 1997)
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Great-West Life and Annuity Insurance Company and Mechanics Laundry and Supply, Inc. Employee Health and Welfare Benefit Plan, 1997 U. S. Dist. LEXIS 12488
Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association, Business Law & Litigation Sections

Detroit Bar Association

Securities and Commodities Law Committee

Birth Information:
1959, Glen Cove, New York, United States of America

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