It Was Only The Beginning: Early Stats Show Impressive Won-Loss Record of Founding Partner Billy Murphy
The part about my won/loss record was based on a computer study by Michael W. Nieberding, former Deputy Criminal Assignment for Baltimore City and later Assistant Administrator for Information of the Administrative Office of the Courts of Maryland, to determine who was the best criminal defense lawyer in Baltimore City. He was motivated to do this because he wanted to find the best lawyer for his close friend who had just been indicted on serious criminal charges. Nieberding was a computer systems analyst with an extensive military background, who was subsequently employed by Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New York, as well as the IBM Corporation, where he retired in 2003. He died in 2005.
Mike called me late one evening in my office and began by asking, “Do you represent white people?” After I laughed about his misunderstanding that I wasn’t making the determination of which potential client called me, and asked why he had posed such a question, he explained the study and his desire to use objective criteria instead of relying merely on reputation. Unfortunately, his friend couldn’t afford me but I was delighted that he shared his study findings with Mr. Wickham.
Nieberding’s computer study determined that my won/loss percentage of not guilty jury verdicts was 91%, and that only one other lawyer had a won/loss percentage greater than 50%, Anton Keating (a law school classmate), who had 64% with far less jury trials. Nieberding wondered whether my numbers were skewed by having fewer jury trials and more plea bargains than other lawyers, and determined that I had more jury trials and less plea bargains than all of my contemporaries. He also determined that I had more cases on the trial calendar than any other criminal lawyer.