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PAUL J. MURPHY

Legal Background

EDUCATION:

Boston College, Boston, MA

School of Management (finance concentration), Bachelor of Science, 1978,

magna cum laude; Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society

Suffolk University, School of Law, Boston, MA

                    Juris Doctorate, 1982

Passed national, Massachusetts and Federal bar examinations in November, 1982

 

EXPERIENCE:

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office assigned to the Massachusetts Department of Employment Security, Boston, MA

Legal Clerk, 1981-1982

While attending law school, Paul worked as legal intern for the assistant attorney generals in this state agency. He wrote numerous legal briefs used in appellate cases brought before the Massachusetts Court of Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court.

Middlesex Probate and Family Law Court, Cambridge, MA

Legal Clerk, 1981-1983

For several summers, and for a year and a half after graduation, Paul researched and wrote legal opinions and findings for the judges of the  probate court.

Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Salem, MA

Assistant District Attorney, 1983-1993

From spring, 1983 until the fall of 1993 Paul worked as a prosecutor in the District and Superior Courts of Essex County. He held supervisory positions in Amesbury District Court, Haverhill D.C., Lynn D.C., Salem D.C., Salem D. C. Jury Session and the Peabody District Court Jury Session.

Paul has prosecuted hundreds of criminal bench trials before a judge, and prosecuted several hundred jury trials in the District and Superior Courts, of every type of crime, except for murder, upon which he has worked extensively, but has never gone to trial. His experience includes trials and probable cause hearings, and all types of motions, including motions to suppress and dismiss, in matters including rape, sexual assault, manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide, armed robbery, burglary, breaking and entering, domestic violence, threats, welfare fraud, car theft rings, arson, DWI’s, all motor vehicle offenses, assaults, larceny, fraud, embezzlement, animal abuse, environmental crimes, insurance scams, juvenile matters, weapons violations, civil-rights infractions and drug offenses, among many others. He has significant experience in most evidentiary matters including fingerprint, ballistic and chemical evidence,  accident reconstruction, medical records and the testimony of expert witnesses.

The Peabody Jury Session was the highest volume jury session in all Massachusetts for several years during Paul's tenure as supervisor. As well as personally trying cases, he oversaw a staff of trial attorneys and acted as a trial consultant. Paul participated in several thousand plea negotiations. On numerous occasions, he has lectured and trained both police officers and lawyers in trial tactics and relevant legal issues.

 

Criminal Defense Counsel, private practice

1993-present

For almost three years after leaving the District Attorney’s office Paul ran a practice as a criminal defense lawyer. During that time he did not lose any case that went to trial or was resolved on a dispositive motion. Among the cases he won favorable resolutions for were several drug distribution cases, sexual assault, gun cases and larceny cases, numerous operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, burglary, receiving stolen property, assaults, a variety of motor vehicle offenses, as well as a diverse collection of other criminal matters.

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