Kathleen S. Murphy


Kathleen S. Murphy focuses her practice on litigation and labor and employment law. Ms. Murphy has tried more than a hundred verdict trials. Her extensive trial experiences involve defense of enumerable automobile negligence claims, product liability trials, environmental claims and employment discrimination claims. Ms. Murphy has broad expertise in the Appellate Court, having argued dozens of cases relating to evidential and substantive issues. She is also skilled in the Supreme Court, and in 2007 she argued a case that determined an issue of admissibility of evidence that had long divided the Appellate Courts and is now cited regularly. The Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board of Trial Attorney Certification previously designated Ms. Murphy a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

Ms. Murphy is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in the country.  Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only to those trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and professionalism.  Membership in the College is offered to less than one percent of the total lawyer population.  Ms. Murphy is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a prestigious organization that requires elected membership; she was nominated and elected in 2001. She has served on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee since 2004. Ms. Murphy is a member of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She was elected for membership in 1992, elected Treasurer of the North Jersey chapter from 1997-1998 and served as elected President from 1999-2000.

Ms. Murphy was Law Secretary to Hon. Robert A. Matthews, Presiding Judge, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, from 1977 to 1978. She was a Member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey Ethics Committee from 1986 to 1990, a Barrister in the Essex County Inns of Court from 1987 to 1988, and Master in that Inn from 1988 to 1998. Ms. Murphy was a Member of the Judicial Appointments Committee from 1987 to 1990, the Judicial Evaluation Committee from 1989 to 1990 and the Civil Trial Bar Commission from 1980 to 1998.

Honors and Awards:

  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Civil Trial Bar Section) - James J. McLaughlin Award (2017)
  • Middlesex County Bar Association - Civil Trial Practice Award (2017)
  • "Irish Legal 100" published Irish Voice Newspaper (2015-2016)
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey Trial Bar Award (2013)
  • Essex County Bar Association Civil Trial Attorney Achievement Award (1998)
  • "New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers" as seen in Inside Jersey magazine (2012)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2006-2016)
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendant 
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers (2005, 2008, 2014-2017)


  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member (June 1992-present), Secretary and Treasurer (1997-1998), and President (1999-2000); American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Member, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (May 2001)
  • Member, Supreme Court of New Jersey Ethics Committee (1985-1998)
  • Member and Liason between Bench and Bar, Essex County Bar President’s Council (June 1990-1997)
  • Member, Essex County Arbitrators Committee (1988-1995)
  • Master (1988-1993) and Barrister (1986-1988), William J. Brennan, Jr. Chapter−Essex County Inns of Court
  • Member, Essex County Judicial and County Prosecutor Appointments Committee (1988-1992)
  • Member, Essex County Judicial Evaluation Committee (1989-1992)
  • Executive Member, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Civil Trial Bar Committee (1980-1983)
  • Lunsford v. Vizcaino v. NJM, 392 N.J. Super. 366, 920 A.2d 754 (2007) in which the Appellate Division clarified the insurance carrier’s obligation to defend an intentional act when alternatively pled with negligence, with a favorable result for the insurance carrier
  • Brenman v. DeMello, 191 N.J. 18, 921 A.2d 1110 (2007) in which the Supreme Court made a conclusive determination of the admissibility of photographs without need for expert testimony, reversing a contrary finding
  • Argent v. Brady v. NJM, 386 N.J. Super. 343, 901 A.2d 419 (2006) an insurance coverage case wherein the Appellate Division defined the business pursuits exclusion favorably to the insurance industry
85 Livingston Avenue
  • Seton Hall University School of  Law (J.D., 1977)
  • Seton Hall University (B.S., 1973)
  • State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for  the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of  Appeals for the Third Circuit


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