Robert A. Murphy
Robert A. Murphy
Robert A. Murphy is a senior litigator with Casner & Edwards, LLP. His experience has provided him with extraordinary depth as a trial attorney and as a strong administrator of large, complex cases. Mr. Murphy has a reputation for attention to detail, thorough preparation, and firmness of purpose that marks him as an excellent litigator. He has been the principal outside counsel responsible for the nationwide defense of thousands of asbestos personal injury cases for a major corporation.
Mr. Murphy has tried a wide variety of civil cases involving issues such as professional malpractice, disputes between franchisors and franchisees, breach of contract, discrimination, libel, fraud, personal injury, product liability, toxic torts and environmental matters, as well as wrongful termination cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. His victories include a million dollar verdict for a plaintiff in a wrongful termination case. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer® in Boston Magazine.
Mr. Murphy’s first ten years as a lawyer were at the US Department of Justice in Washington, where he became Chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. In addition to supervising the work of attorneys who prosecuted public officials in federal courts throughout the United States, Mr. Murphy personally prosecuted several major cases, including the shootings at Kent State, Ku Klux Klan bombings, and police brutality cases. On the civil side, he tried cases involving voting rights, employment discrimination, school desegregation and access to public facilities and accommodations.
After leaving the Justice Department, Mr. Murphy served for over three years as the National Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Committee was established at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve leading members of the bar throughout the United States in an effort to ensure civil rights to all Americans.
Mr. Murphy is a member of the American and the Boston Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, as well as the federal and state bars of Massachusetts. He has argued appeals and tried cases in many federal courts throughout the United States.
Mr. Murphy has always been active in community affairs. Currently, he is on the Board of the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Board of Directors of the Country Club of Naples, Florida. Previously, he served on the Steering Committee of the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, as a trustee of the Boston Zoological Society and a member of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Boston. He is a former president of the Villanova University National Alumni Association and was awarded the Alumni Medal in recognition of his contributions to the University. He served for several years on the Board of Govenors of the Wellesley Country Club and was President of the Club from 2006-2008. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for over three years and in the active Naval Reserve for another five years. He is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Defense verdict obtained before a jury for an employer
Successful defense before the SJC
Summary judgment in claim against law firm
Summary judgment in federal court in a wrongful death
- Villanova University
University of Notre Dame Law School
District of Columbia
- Honors & Awards:
- New England Super Lawyer®
- Boston Bar Association