Law firm hires former judge


William Murphy. Courtesy Dykema

A former judge has joined the local office of a Michigan law firm.

Grand Rapids-based Dykema added the Honorable William Murphy as a senior counsel.  

“Judge Murphy is extremely well-respected and has had an undeniable influence on the Michigan legal community,” said Peter Kellett, chairman and CEO, Dykema. “We consider it an enormous honor that he decided to join Dykema.”

Murphy will be practicing in the firm’s business litigation practice, which focuses on business litigation matters, appeals, mediation and arbitration.

Previously, Murphy served on Michigan’s Court of Appeals for 30 years, including five years as Chief judge of the court and three terms as the court’s chief judge pro tem.

He was a founder of Murphy, Burns & McInerney, where he practiced for 15 years, from 1973-1988, before being appointed as a judge with the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Throughout his career, Murphy has been active in numerous legal organizations.

The Michigan Supreme Court also appointed him to serve on the Judicial Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for the Michigan Justice Project.

“Judge Murphy’s breadth and depth of experience with litigation, law and the appellate process will be an immeasurable benefit not only for the firm’s clients, but for our attorneys as well,” said John Ferroli, managing member of Dykema’s Grand Rapids office. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from such an esteemed leader in the law.”

He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the Wayne State University Law School.

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