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About Mike

Michael J. Murphy is a trial attorney handling complex litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment law, municipal law, and litigation. Mike has an exceptional record of accomplishment in litigation statewide. He maintains an active trial practice in State and Federal courts as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and New York State Division of Human Rights.

Why Mike

Mike has a straightforward and results-oriented approach to his work, which has earned him the trust and loyalty of his clients, and the respect of the bench and bar. His clients are local and national leaders in business, government, community organizations, and the professions. Mike is regularly retained to represent his clients’ interests in sensitive, high profile litigation and investigations.

In 2016, Mike was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship into the ACTL is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.



  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • ALFA International
  • Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • ALFA International Board of Directors, Chair Emeritus
  • ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice Group, Steering Committee
  • Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York, Past-President/Trustee
  • Federal Court Bar Association, Northern District of New York, Rules Committee


  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Attorney (2008–present)
  • Best Lawyers in America®, “Best Lawyer” (2019–present)
  • Super Lawyers®, “Super Lawyer” (2008-present)
  • Fortune Magazine, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and The National Law Journal, “Top Labor & Employment Lawyer” (2012–14)


  • J.D., Albany Law School of Union University (1982)
  • B.A., State University of New York at Oswego (1979)


  • New York State (1983)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York (1983)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2014)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2008)
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America (2006)

Advocacy & Involvement

Community & Civic

  • Capital District YMCA, Board of Directors (2015-present)
  • Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, “100 Most Important People in the History of Trinity”: 100 Years Heritage Celebration (2012)



  • Moderator: “A Good Offense if the Best Offense”, ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice Group Seminar, Lake Tahoe (2017)
  • Speaker: “Corporate Yin-Yang? Yes, Small Steps Can Leave Big Footprints! Making Corporate Social Responsibility a Reality”, ALFA International Seminary, Palm Springs, CA (2016)
  • Speaker: “Joint Employment and Independent Contractors in 2016 and Beyond: Who’s the Boss?” New York State Funeral Directors Association, Albany, NY (2016)
  • Moderator: “Who is Considered a Joint Employer”, ALFA International Insurance Law, Labor & Employment, and Professional Liability Practice Groups Seminary, New York, NY (2016)
  • Speaker: “Don’t Leave Me This Way: The Latest Advancements in ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Claims”, ALFA International Eastern Great Lakes Seminar, Detroit, MI (2016)
  • Moderator: “Gray is the New Black: Blurring Boundaries, Shifting Shapes, and Forecasts of Increasing Fog for Employers – Joint Employment and the NLRB – Franchisors, Staffing Agencies, and Changing Definitions for all Employers”, ALFA International Labor and Employment Practice Group Seminar, Park City, UT (2015)
  • Moderator: “Herding Cats: Troublesome Witnesses, Black Robes and Difficult Opposing Counsel”, ALFA International Client Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ (2014)
  • Speaker: “Crash Course on the FLSA”, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, Saratoga Springs, NY (2013)
  • Speaker: “Ethics and Best Practices for Handling and Resolving Litigation – Key Factors to Determine Whether and When to File Substantive Motions”, ALFA International Continuing Legal Education seminar, New York, NY (2013)
  • Speaker: “Dealing with the DHR and EEOC”, Saratoga County Chamber and Saratoga Economic Development Counsel, Saratoga Springs, NY (2012)
  • Moderator: “2010 an Employment Odyssey: Are You Ready For a New Era? Privacy Issues: Privacy in these Times – Who Owns the Information and How Do You Protect It?” ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice Group Seminar (2010)
  • Panelist: “A View From the Inside Out: In-House Counsel Discuss the Ins and Outs of Using and Selecting Outside Counsel”, ALFA International Annual Business Meeting (2010)
  • Panelist: “Introductory Lessons on Ethics and Civility”, New York State Bar Association Seminar, Albany, NY (2010-12)
  • Moderator: “Global Labor and Employment Law: A Business View with a Legal Eye, The Employer’s Right to Information in the U.S. and Abroad”, ALFA International Client Seminar
  • Moderator: “Acceptable Risks: The Intersection of Insurance Law, Business & Employment, Managing Dual Expectations: Who’s the Client Anyway?” ALFA International Employment & Corporate Risk Seminar
  • Program Chair: “‘Employer of the Year’ or ‘The Office’: Which One Are You?”, ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice Group Seminar
  • Moderator: “Employment Practice: Evidence in Employment Cases”, ALFA International Employment Practices Liability Insurance Seminar
  • Speaker: “Witness Exams – Direct and Indirect”, ALFA International Client Seminar
  • Panelist: “Die Hard: Winning Before Trial”, ALFA International Labor & Employment Practice Group Seminar