James J. Murphy

Office Managing Shareholder || Washington D.C.

Jim Murphy has been a management-side labor and employment lawyer for 25 years, defending and advising clients in the aerospace and defense, information technology, shipbuilding, and entertainment industries as well as in retail, manufacturing, and higher education.  As a former corporate counsel, Jim worked side-by-side with business leaders for many years and understands the importance of providing practical advice and delivering workable solutions that achieve client objectives.

Mr. Murphy regularly litigates cases in federal and state courts for national and local clients and has succeeded in obtaining favorable results in court, in private arbitration, and in matters before the National Labor Relations Board and the EEOC. He is frequently called upon to handle internal investigations involving allegations of harassment and retaliation and to advise corporate leaders on highly sensitive personnel actions involving company officials. Over his career, Jim has developed expertise in a broad range of areas, including voluntary severance programs, wage and hour compliance, labor arbitrations, ADA accommodations, leave management, collective bargaining, union organizing, and covenants not to compete. He has extensive experience with employee misclassification issues and responding to claims for employee benefits by independent contractors and contract workers. Jim also has deep familiarity with the unique employment issues affecting federal contractors and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Defense Contracting Industry practice group.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Murphy was the chief labor and employment counsel for General Dynamics Corporation and a division labor and employment counsel at Northrop Grumman Corporation.  He began his career as a labor and employment lawyer in the Washington office of an international law firm, where he advised and represented clients in collective bargaining, Department of Labor investigations, NLRB hearings, union organizing campaigns, labor arbitrations, and in class and collective actions.

Mr. Murphy is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences for in-house counsel and human resources professionals.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Law360, Aerospace & Defense Editorial Advisory Board (2017 – present)


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