Senior Trial Lawyer With Substantial Experience Winning Complex CasesPRACTICE AREA(S): Birth Injury, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Unnecessary Stents, Environmental Torts, Commercial Litigation, Mass Torts
Hassan Murphy has served as the managing partner of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy since 1999, and develops the strategic vision that powers the firm’s growth. As a skilled Baltimore personal injury attorney and aggressive negotiator, he is directly involved in the most complex cases the firm handles.
Mr. Murphy’s leadership as counsel and co-lead counsel has led to settlements and verdicts in excess of $300 million, including the negotiation of a $54 million settlement in an environmental torts case—without ever filing suit.
Mr. Murphy handles a wide variety of litigation and continually demonstrates his aptitude and skill in taking on challenging legal situations. It is these pursuits that have earned him a reputation as an excellent businessman who is the “architect of the deal,” “a visionary,” and an extremely gifted negotiator. Mr. Murphy is among a distinguished group of attorneys whose unyielding dedication to resolving complex commercial litigation is matched by an unwavering passion for the courtroom.
A trial lawyer at heart, Mr. Murphy maintains an active role in the courtroom representing Murphy, Falcon & Murphy’s wide range of clients. The man himself puts it best: “To make the point without understanding how it fits into the overall scheme of success is what 95% of the world’s lawyers do. To make the point in a way that fits into your strategy — that’s an art form.”
Most recently, Mr. Murphy was appointed to a seven-member Plaintiff’s Steering Committee to lead the multi-district consumer class action litigation against Equifax.
Hassan Murphy has also represented the families of Freddie Gray and Terrence Sterling, two men wrongfully killed by police officers.
“I’ll never forget sitting at my kitchen table, reading an article in the Washington Post about this small community that was forced to live off of bottled water,” says Mr. Murphy about one of his proudest victories—a case against Constellation Power Source Generation in 2008.
After learning of the issues with fly ash contamination that residents of Gambrills, Maryland were facing, Mr. Murphy was determined to help. With his encouragement and representation, community members filed a class action suit against the energy company that had contaminated their wells and won a $54 million settlement.
In 2011, Mr. Murphy was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders by The Daily Record. He was also recognized as National Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in 2002.
Mr. Murphy received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1990 and went on to earn his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994. Following graduation, he joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, one of the oldest law firms in the country, where he focused on complex international transactions and major corporate mergers and acquisitions, among other matters.
“I thrived on the excitement of making major deals around the world,” said Mr. Murphy.
While at the New York-based firm, Mr. Murphy handled cases including a $4.7 billion takeover target, a $65 million corporate asset sale, and a $500 million asset securitization. Even though Mr. Murphy was on the path to becoming a major player in international corporate law, he answered his father’s call in 1998 to join him in representing Don King, a boxing promoter who was facing international wire fraud charges.
The firm fought tooth-and-nail to clear Mr. King’s name, and the hard-won victory laid the foundation for Mr. Murphy to join Murphy, Falcon & Murphy and build on their success.
Mr. Murphy comes from a long line of respected legal professionals. He is the son and grandson of two well-known Baltimore judges and attorneys, making it only natural for him to pursue a career in law. However, Mr. Murphy wanted to make sure he chose his profession the same way he has led the rest of his life: on his own terms.
His family history is full of innovators, trendsetters, and entrepreneurs who decided to forge their own path—it’s the Murphy way. His great-great-grandfather founded the nation’s first African American newspaper in Baltimore. His father is a prominent attorney who has become a legend among litigators during his decades-long career. The most influential person in his life, however, was his grandfather, Judge William H. Murphy, Sr. Mr. Murphy was first inspired to pursue a career in law when he observed his grandfather presiding as a judge in Baltimore City. He described his grandfather as an extremely kind, caring person who treated people of all backgrounds with respect.
Mr. Murphy learned the values of determination, perseverance, and humility from Judge Murphy Sr., principles that have served him well, both in life and in the courtroom.