Stephen J Murphy
Stephen J. Murphy joined the firm in early 2005 after a successful and rewarding career as a homicide prosecutor working in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. Mr. Murphy is a lawyer who is best known for his work in the courtroom, now focusing on serious construction accidents and catastrophic personal injury trial work.
Mr. Murphy's hard work and skill in the courtroom have earned him many accolades from his colleagues, opponents and judges. Mr. Murphy was described on Z100 Radio as a "legendary trial lawyer", he has been featured on Fox News Radio as one of "America's Premier Trial Lawyers" and was described in The New York Times as one of the "Top Attorneys in New York." Mr. Murphy's honors and accolades include:
- Being named as a "New York Super Lawyer", in 2011, 2012 and 2013, recognizing him as one of the top 5% of lawyers practicing in his field.
- 'The National Trial Lawyer' honoring him as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in New York State.
- Named to the 'Best Lawyers in America,' list in 2013.
- Named to the Irish Legal 100, recognizing the top Irish American lawyers in the United States.
- Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
- Recipient of the Frances Pope Memorial Foundation 'Man of the Year Award' in 2010.
Mr. Murphy handles a wide range of cases including labor law and construction accidents, tractor trailer and truck collisions, wrongful death, premises liability, medical malpractice and motor vehicle cases.
With slightly more than eight years in civil practice, Mr. Murphy already has an extremely impressive body of work, regularly returning verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars. He has amassed over $150,000,000 in results for his clients during that time period, including $40,000,000 in 2013. Mr. Murphy is an attorney that members of the bar frequently consult with on trial matters and refer their most significant cases to.
Mr. Murphy, along with his colleague Daniel O'Toole, persuaded a Suffolk County jury to return a record-setting verdict of $32,756,156 on behalf of a 60 year-old man in a traumatic brain injury case. The verdict, covered extensively by the local media, is the largest negligence verdict ever in Long Island and was featured in a cable television documentary entitled "The Good Samaritan." In addition, the result was also recognized by the New York Law Journal as the second highest negligence verdict in New York State for 2007 and one of the top 100 verdicts that year for the entire United States. Recently, Mr. Murphy and his colleague David Scher, successfully negotiated settlements for $8,800,000 in a pedestrian accident case and $5,500,000 for an injured electrician that sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling from an extension ladder.
Mr. Murphy has also successfully negotiated a $15,500,000 settlement on behalf of an injured client. In Queens county, Mr. Murphy recently convinced a jury to return a verdict of $5,585,000 for an undocumented worker that sustained back and wrist injuries in a construction accident. Mr. Murphy also secured $3,925,000 for an injured worker that tried to help a truck driver that was stuck at a railroad crossing. The truck was struck by a locomotive, resulting in serious orthopedic injuries to the plaintiff.
In recognition of his achievements, he was named a partner in July 2008, after being with the firm for less than 3 1/2 years. Thereafter, the firm became Block O'Toole & Murphy.
Mr. Murphy began his legal career working as an Assistant District Attorney. He honed his skills in the criminal courtrooms in Brooklyn, prosecuting violent crimes. Mr. Murphy earned a reputation from the judiciary and his colleagues as a tough, but fair, prosecutor. In early 2002, the District Attorney appointed Mr. Murphy to the Homicide Bureau. Mr. Murphy, the youngest member of Brooklyn's Homicide Bureau at the time, successfully handled several high profile cases, including double and triple murders, arson homicides, gang murders and brutal murders of innocent children.
In July 2003, Mr. Murphy traveled to Sarajevo on behalf of the United States Justice Department to assist in the implementation of a new justice system in post-war Bosnia & Herzegovina. While there, Mr. Murphy, and two Federal District Court judges from California, were responsible for trial advocacy training for the newly appointed attorneys and judges in the region.
Mr. Murphy served as an adjunct professor of law for eight years at the St. John's University School of law. He instructed students on trial advocacy and lectured on criminal and civil trial practice and evidence. Mr. Murphy also served as an instructor for their nationally regarded trial advocacy program. His students won national championships in trial competitions in five of the seven years Mr. Murphy was involved.
In 2011, Mr. Murphy was appointed to the New York County Democratic Judicial Screening Panel. Mr. Murphy has also appeared on Court TV, Fox Radio and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio as a guest host offering expert legal commentary and his work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, Newsday and New York Daily News. Mr. Murphy has been published in The New York Law Journal for a series of columns that he co-authored with colleague David Scher concerning the laws that apply to construction accidents.
Mr. Murphy is a proud member of the St. Jude Children's Hospital fundraising team, helping raise well over $1,000,000 for this worthy cause. He also is a dedicated supporter of the Frances Pope Memorial Foundation, an important charity that assists families with a child that has been diagnosed with a pediatric disease such as leukemia and cancer.
- $32,756,156 Jury Verdict in Suffolk County for a 60 year-old man that sustained a traumatic brain injury.
- $15,500,000 Settlement for an injured client in a pedestrian knockdown case.
- $8,800,000 Settlement right before trial for a Queens pedestrian who suffered a brain injury after being struck by a van.
- $5,585,000 Jury Verdict in Queens County for a 35 year-old undocumented worker that sustained back and wrist injuries requiring surgery.
- $5,500,000 Settlement just before jury selection for an injured electrician that sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling from an extension ladder.
- $3,925,000 Settlement just before jury selecttion for a "good samaritan" that was injured while trying to help a truck driver that was stuck on a railroad crossing. The truck and the plaintiff were hit by a L.I.R.R. locomotive.
- $3,231,000 Settlement against a Bronx slumlord on behalf of an infant that was burned with hot water while bathing in her home.
- $3,100,000 Settlement for a plumber that sustained spine injuries while working in a trench at a construction site.
- $3,000,000 Settlement for a man that sustained orthopedic injuries after being struck by a tractor trailer.
- $2,750,000 Settlement for a 57 Year-Old female pedestrian that sustained a neck injury after being struck by a van.
- $2,250,000 Settlement for a Window Washer That Fell While Working at a Manhattan Building, Sustaining Arm Injuries.
- $2,250,000 Settlement during trial for a laborer that sustained a lower back injury requiring surgery.
- $2,250,000 Settlement during trial, right before summations, for an injured coca-cola worker that sustained a back injury while making a delivery at a prominent French restaurant.
- $2,200,000 Settlement just before trial for an injured sanitation worker that sustained a fractured leg while working that required surgery and a skin graft.
- $2,150,000 Settlement for a female auto accident victim in Nassau County that sustained a femur and heel fracture.
- $2,005,000 Settlement in a "reckless disregard" case against an ambulance company.
- $2,000,000 Settlement for an injured client that sustained non-surgical spine injuries in a elevator accident.
- $2,000,000 Settlement in a case against The City of New York for a client that required spine surgery.
- $2,000,000 Settlement for a Construction Laborer that Injured His Back in a Work Related Fall.
- $1,950,000 for a Female That Sustained Spine Damage in a Premises Accident.
- $1,941,000 Jury Verdict in a spine surgery case in Kings County.
- $1,823,000 Jury Verdict in a non-surgical disc bulge case in Kings County. His client, a surgeon, missed a total of one day of work.
- $1,750,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County woman that sustained a back injury in an accident with a bus.
- $1,750,000 Settlement for a undocumented worker that lived in Queens for back injuries sustained in a construction accident.
- $1,700,000 Settlement for a Bronx Pedestrian that Injured Her spine After Being Struck by a Truck.
- $1,675,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn Man that Injured His back in a Car Collision
- $1,650,000 Settlement for a family in a wrongful death action due to the negligence of a building owner in a deadly fire.
- $1,500,000 Settlement in a case against The City of New York for a 57 Year-Old woman that sustained back and leg injuries after being knocked down by an unmarked police car while crossing the street.
- $1,490,000 for a 44 year old man that was injured in a collision with a bus.
- $1,475,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn worker who suffered brain, neck and shoulder injuries after a piece of equipment fell and struck him.
- $1,475,000 Settlement for a hospital employee that was injured on the job.
- $1,475,000 Settlement for a man that sustained head injuries after being struck by a fan that fell from a rooftop.
- $1,450,000 and $924,000 Settlements in two concurrent causation cases in Queens County.
- $1,450,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn art teacher who was injured after a collision with a bus.
- $1,410,000 Settlement for a husband and wife from Brooklyn who injured their necks in a rear end motor vehicle accident.
- $1,400,000 Settlement in Queens just before summations for an injured carpenter that lost the tips of his fingers in a construction accident.
- $1,350,000 Settlement for Brooklyn livery cab driver that sustained a neck injury.
- $1,350,000 Settlement for a man that sustained a neck injury in a truck
- $1,350,000 Settlement before trial on a trucking accident in Queens County.
- $1,350,000 Settlement for a Construction Laborer that had two tips of his fingers from his dominant hand amputated in a construction site accident.
- $1,350,000 Settlement on the eve of trial for a construction laborer that fell off a roof, fracturing his arm and a bone in his pelvis. The trial was venued in Rockland County.
- $1,325,000 Settlement for a painter injured during construction of a Manhattan apartment building when a balcony collapsed underneath him.
- $1,325,000 Settlement just before trial for a carpenter at a construction project who fell from a ladder that was on top of a rolling scaffold, sustaining lower back and knee injuries.
- $1,300,000 Settlement for a Brooklyn bicyclist whose prior neck and back injuries were aggravated after being struck by a van.
- $1,250,000 (the entire insurance amounts) for a woman that aggravated a prior spine injury requiring surgery.
- $1,250,000 Settlement just before summations in a Bronx trial on behalf of a bicycle messenger that sustained leg and knee injuries in an accident.
- $1,250,000 Settlement in a Suffolk County case for a carpenter that sustained a neck injury after falling from a ladder.
- $1,250,000 Settlement in a Manhattan case for a mother and son in a suit against the City for spine and knee injuries sustained in a collision with a N.Y.P.D. vehicle.
- $1,220,000 Settlement for a truck driver that sustained an elbow injury and aggravated a long-standing back injury just before trial in a Nassau County tractor trailer accident.
- $1,200,000 Settlement in a Suffolk County case where a driver was struck by another driver that was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (VTL ?1192(2)
- $1,200,000 Settlement for a laborer that lost the tips of four toes in a construction site accident.
- $1,200,000 for a 54 Year-Old female in Nassau County that exacerbated neck and back injuries requiring surgery.
- $1,200,000 for a 50 Year-Old female that aggravated a prior neck injury in an auto accident.
- $1,175,000 Settlement on the eve of trial for a woman with long standing and preexisting cervical herniations. The victim was struck by unsafely stacked products in a large supermarket.
- $1,150,000 Settlement for a laborer that sustained a facial laceration while working with an unsafe saw.
- $ 1,060,000 Settlement for a Long Island man who aggravated a pre-existing back injury in a motor vehicle collision.
- $1,060,000 Settlement for a Long Island man who aggravated a pre-existing back injury in a motor vehicle collision.
- $1,050,000 Settlement for a Queens woman that sustained a neck injury in a motor vehicle collision.
- $1,100,000 Settlement during trial for a female laborer that sustained a back injury in a construction accident.
- $1,000,000 Settlement for a Suffolk County female that underwent a neck surgery after a motor vehicle accident.
- $1,000,000 Settlement following a Jury Verdict in the Bronx for a 14 year-old that had arthroscopic knee surgery after an accident.
- $1,000,000 Settlement (the entire insurance policy) for a 36 year-old man that sustained lung damage during a fire that took place in his apartment. The suit was brought against the landlord for illegally removing the fire escape 4 months before the fire occurred.
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- St John's University, School of Law - 1997
- Honors: magna cum laude
- Honors: Ranked in the Top 3% of His Class
- Honors: Recipient Several Academic Honors
- Johns Hopkins University
Honors and Awards
- New York Super Lawyer, 2011 - 2013
- One of the top 5% of lawyers
- 'The National Trial Lawyer' honoring him as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in New York State
- Named to the 'Best Lawyers in America,' list, 2013
- Named to the Irish Legal 100, recognizing the top Irish American lawyers in the United States
- Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Recipient of the Frances Pope Memorial Foundation 'Man of the Year Award', 2010
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association Partnership for Justice, Past Co-Chairman
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Labor Law Committee, 2012 - Present
- Brooklyn Manhattan Trial Lawyers Association, President
- The Brehon Society, Member
- New York County Democratic Judicial Screening Panel, Panelist