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In serving his clients in civil litigation, Bill Murphy strives to draw upon his foundational experience as a judicial law clerk for three highly esteemed jurists, as a former Associate Professor of Law and recognized legal writer, and as a former associate of the legendary trial lawyer James E. Beasley, Sr., for whom Temple Law School is now named.

Areas of Litigation Practice

Mr. Murphy's litigation experience (trials and appeals) historically includes libel of public officials or public figures, products liability, fiduciary matters, employment, wages, contracts and civil rights. Many of his clients in such litigation were plaintiffs for a percentage fee that is contingent upon monetary recovery.

In civil cases that require providing a defense in a suit or proceeding, or involves the pursuit of injunctive, declaratory or other non-monetary relief, Mr. Murphy's preferred hourly rates will parallel those set forth from time-to-time by the Philadelphia Community Legal Services in their fee schedule for attorneys, in the category of 30-years-plus experience. He reserves, however, free and full discretion to charge a lesser fee in any given case based on what he personally regards as mitigating economic factors and/or non-economic circumstances. A flat fee for cases having a predictably limited scope is also within consideration.

In all matters, a written fee arrangement accepted by a prospective client will be a prerequisite to any actual representation.


1976, Pennsylvania Supreme Court; 1989, D.C. Court of Appeals


University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1976 (law review editor and cum laude);
University of Scranton, B.A., 1973 (summa cum laude, rank 2nd in class).

Law School University of Pennsylvania, J.D.

Comment Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 124, 1975-76. Associate Editor, 1974-75.

Experience Judicial Law Clerk to: Hon. Edward R. Becker, U.S. Dist. Ct., 1976-77; Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., 3d Cir. U.S.C.A., 1977-78; Hon Samuel J. Roberts, PA Supreme Ct., 1978-79.

Assistant and then Associate Professor of Law, St. John's Univ. School of Law, New York, 1979-81, 1982-83.

Associate, Beasley Law Firm, Philadelphia, 1980s (included in firm name in 1988). Lecturer, Temple Univ. School of Law, (now Beasley School of Law), 1988-89.

Legal Editor and later Editor in Chief of the Pennsylvania Law Weekly , 1994-96.

Areas Of Practice

General and complex Civil Litigation in federal and state court, including personal injury, suits involving governmental units and media, civil rights, fiduciary litigation (estates), contract and employment matters.


Note Taken
In 2017, Mr. Murphy was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization judges, lawyers and scholars. Recently, in September 2019, he was included in the Marquis Who's Who Top Lawyers. See

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