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Stephen James Murphy

Stephen James Murphy

Trial Attorney at Block O'Toole & Murphy
  • Construction Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
  • New Jersey, New York
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Biography

Stephen J. Murphy is a partner at the premier personal injury law firm Block O'Toole & Murphy. He began his career as a homicide prosecutor for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, quickly distinguishing himself in criminal courtrooms with the successful handling of highly publicized murder cases. Mr. Murphy was described by The New York Times as one of the "Top Attorneys in New York," and by Z100 Radio as a "legendary trial lawyer." Since entering the personal injury field in 2005, he has secured over $450 million in results for his clients. In 2023, Forbes magazine identified him as one of the fifteen "Best Personal Injury Lawyers in New York City."

Mr. Murphy litigates all types of serious personal injury cases, such as construction accidents, wrongful death cases, motor vehicle collisions and premises liability cases. His record includes an unprecedented $32.7 million verdict for the victim of a catastrophic car accident, as well as a yearly average of more than $45 million in settlements (maintained since 2013).

Mr. Murphy has appeared on the ‘Best Lawyers in America’ list since 2013. In 2022, he was named “New York City Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for all Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyers in New York City. Since 2010, Mr. Murphy has also ranked in the top 5% of attorneys by Super Lawyers. He has received ‘The National Trial Lawyer Award’ for being one of the best 100 trial lawyers in New York State since 2011. Finally, he has been featured on major news programs as an expert legal commentator.

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Murphy is deeply engaged in charity work. As a result of his fundraising efforts, he received the national ‘Chairperson of the Year’ award from St. Jude Children’s Hospital in 2019, as well as the Frances Pope Memorial Foundation’s ‘Man of the Year Award’ in 2010. While serving as Event Chair for the St. Jude Autumn Wine Tasting, Mr. Murphy has been instrumental in raising almost 10 million dollars.

Practice Areas
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Workers' Compensation
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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New York
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Federal Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner/Owner
Block O'Toole & Murphy
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www.blockotoole.com
Adjunct Professor of Law
St. John's University School of Law
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Associate/Trial Attorney
Block & O'Toole
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Senior Homicide Prosecutor
Kings County District Attorney's Office
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Education
St. John's University School of Law
J.D. (1997) | Law
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Honors: Graduated with Honors Magna Cum Laude
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Johns Hopkins University
B.A. | Political Science
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Awards
Person of the Year
Brooklyn to Alaska Project
Alumni Excellence Award
St. John's University School of Law
Award of Distinction
The Brehon Law Society
Man of the Year
Frances Pope Memorial Foundation
Professional Associations
New York County Democratic Judicial Screening Committee
Member
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New York State Trial Lawyer's Association
Board of Director
- Current
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The Brehon Law Society
Member
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Manhattan Trial Lawyer's Association
President
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New York State Bar  # 2860583
Member
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Speaking Engagements
Lecturer, Trial Tactics, St. John's University School of Law
St. John's University School of Law, Polestino Trial Advocacy Insititute
Websites & Blogs
Website
Block O'Toole & Murphy Website
Website
Attorney Profile
Blog
Block O'Toole & Murphy Blog
Contact & Map
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NY, NY 10119
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New York, NY 10119
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