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About Murphy & Riley

Murphy & Riley is a leading civil litigation firm, concentrating in the defense of personal injury, professional liability, business and insurance litigation matters in all state and federal courts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Our experienced trial attorneys handle litigation in a wide variety of areas, including: medical, legal, and accounting malpractice; product liability; premises liability; automobile and land transport; employment; business disputes; and insurance coverage and associated c. 93A/176D claims. Our attorneys possess the experience, expertise and resources to quickly identify and analyze the issues facing our clients when litigation, or the possibility of litigation, presents itself. With skill and precision, we counsel and guide our clients through the litigation process (in certain cases avoiding litigation altogether where appropriate and where possible). We have built a reputation in Boston and nationwide as a smart, aggressive firm that works proactively for its clients consistently achieving favorable results in the cases we handle.


The senior members of the firm have worked together for most of their professional careers. Robert Murphy, Richard Riley, and Susan Donnelly Murphy all began their legal careers in the early 1980's at Murphy & Mitchell, P.C., an insurance defense firm founded by Walter G. Murphy, one of the most well-respected defense attorneys of his era. Since the establishment of Murphy & Riley, P.C. in 1993 by Walter Murphy, Robert Murphy, and Richard Riley, the firm has gradually but steadily expanded in size and scope of services. Murphy & Riley is an efficiently structured litigation firm with a talented staff of attorneys and litigation paralegals able to serve the needs of all our clients, large and small.


Though the firm has grown in size, we have retained those elements of our "personality" and style that have become our trademarks for success: efficiency, responsiveness, expertise and commitment to personal service.

Our attorneys appear regularly before state and federal courts in Massachusetts, including trial and appellate courts, as well as before various state agencies, including the Board of Registration in Medicine, the Board of Professional Licensure, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. We advocate for our clients in trial, arbitration, mediation, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Our attorneys actively participate, and take leadership roles, in Massachusetts and national bar associations, including the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the International

Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association.

Our attorneys continually study developments and advancements in the law, particularly in the areas that matter to our clients. We regularly update our clients about the significant legal issues that affect them and their business, and we provide insights and guidance on compliance. Likewise, when clients have general questions they know that they can contact any member of the firm directly to discuss the matter. We firmly believe close, direct, and frequent communication between the attorney and client results in the most favorable and most satisfying outcome.


Finally, while our trial attorneys enjoy litigation and have an enviable success record, we never forget that litigation is simply a tool, not an end in itself. Every step we take in litigation is designed to bring the case to a prompt, efficient, and successful conclusion for our clients.

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