Lawrence J. Murphy

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Lawrence J. Murphy

Partner

Education

Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 1992
cum laude
Wayne Law Review, Associate Editor

University of Michigan, B.A. 1989
English (with distinction)

Biography

Mr. Murphy possesses extensive business litigation experience in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, mediation and facilitation. His broad range of litigation experience includes class actions, contract disputes, supply-chain litigation, injunction proceedings, computer hardware and software matters, Uniform Commercial Code cases, business torts, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, products liability defense, warranty claims, sales commission disputes and wrongful death/personal injury defense. Mr. Murphy has substantial experience representing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers in a wide variety of supply contract matters, recalls and warranty claims, claim-and-delivery actions, tooling and mold lien disputes, and other commercial matters.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Counsel to Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association Sales and Marketing Council

Experience

Automotive and Manufacturing
  • Represented OEM and supplier clients in a wide variety of disputes, including claim-and-delivery actions, tooling and mold lien disputes, supply contract disputes, recalls and warranty claims
  • Selected to lead litigation team defending dozens of arbitrations in multi-state proceedings filed by terminated franchisees.  Through effective use of Legal Project Management, client benefited from the cases being completed under the client’s budget established for the matters.
  • Successfully protected manufacturer’s just-in-time parts supply in multiple significant supply-chain disputes, including through the effective use of TROs and preliminary injunctions
  • Obtained summary judgment establishing liability of a vehicle hauler in a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim brought by a manufacturer
  • Obtained a favorable outcome for a tooling manufacturer and an assembly company in a suit brought by a specialty vehicle manufacturer
  • Defended parts manufacturer in claims alleging liability for warranty costs associated with a customer satisfaction recall
  • Represented manufacturer in favorable resolution of a WARN Act claim arising from plant closure
  • Defended a variety of manufacturers from sales commission disputes brought under the Michigan Sales Representative Act
Bankruptcy
  • Advised clients in adversary proceedings involving preference actions, fraudulent conveyance claims, and setoff and recoupment rights
  • Represented judgment creditor in successful opposition to discharge of judgment in Chapter 7 proceeding
Business Torts
  • Represented corporation in successful tortious interference claim arising from breach of a distributorship agreement
  • Advised individuals and corporation in defense of a complex fraudulent conveyance action arising from a corporate dissolution and transfer of assets
Class Action Defense
  • Defended clients from property and personal injury claims arising from alleged emissions and contaminations from their business operations
  • Counseled manufacturer in defense of potential class action by customers arising from alleged misrepresentations and product defects
Contracts
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in successful defense of breach of contract and warranty claims arising from the sale of unique computer hardware/software system
  • Obtained dismissal of suit alleging breach of joint venture agreement concerning resale of industrial machinery
  • Represented leasing company in successful claim and delivery action to recover assets
  • Prosecuted and defended noncompete and trade secret claims on behalf of corporations and individuals
Products Liability
  • Counseled silica supplier in defense of wrongful death products liability action allegedly arising from exposure to company’s product
  • Advised owner of industrial vehicles in injury/death suits arising from alleged product defects
Wrongful Death
  • Obtained dismissal of two multi-million dollar civil suits seeking to avoid application of Workers Disability Compensation Act and to recover directly against the employer

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2016
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2012, 2014 and 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated