Michael J. Murphy

Shareholder || Washington D.C.

Mr. Murphy is a shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ Washington, D.C. office and focuses his practice on employment and labor counseling and litigation. Mr. Murphy represents clients in a variety of industries, including information technology, biotech, defense, broadcast, financial services, hospitality, and trucking. He has substantial experience successfully defending employers against claims of discrimination in federal and state court and has represented clients before such local agencies as the Montgomery County Human Relations Commission, Fairfax County Human Rights Commission, and D.C. Office of Human Rights. Mr. Murphy has also handled complex unfair labor practice and representation cases before the NLRB and litigated wrongful discharge actions brought by employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Murphy regularly counsels and represents clients on a wide variety of labor and employment issues, including covenants not to compete, hiring and firing decisions, collective bargaining negotiations, and state and federal wage and hour laws and collective actions. Mr. Murphy is also the firm’s relationship partner for two fortune 50 clients with whom the firm has national preferred provider agreements.

A graduate of Catholic University Law School, Mr. Murphy concentrated his studies in the field of labor and employment law. He was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for excellence in labor law studies and received the Plato Papps Labor Law Scholarship. Mr. Murphy has worked for the firm since graduating from law school.

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  • Full defense verdict in an ADA discrimination/failure to accommodate case after a 5 day jury trial in federal court in Maryland for one of world’s largest aeronautics company
  • Full defense verdict in a wrongful termination/disability discrimination case under state and federal law in Rhode Island after 24 days of hearing before a three-person FINRA arbitration panel for one of the world’s largest financial services firm
  • Lead counsel in five separate NLRB R-case hearings collectively spanning over 120 hearing days defending the independent contractor business model for one of the largest small package delivery motor carriers in the United States
  • Lead counsel in a matter of first impression before Maryland’s highest state court in a regarded as disability case for one of the world’s largest defense contractors
  • Co-counsel in a 17-day NLRB unfair labor practice proceeding representing an international conglomerate’s alleged refusal to bargain over the relocation of its manufacturing operations from Connecticut to Georgia
  • Advised one of the largest privately held security services firms in the United States on legal and practical strategies for responding to international union’s corporate campaign and intermittent strikes in an attempt to coerce a card-check recognition agreement
  • Advised one of the largest broadcasting companies in the United States on legal and practical strategies for responding to international union’s corporate campaign and intermittent strikes during high-profile live broadcasts in support of labor contract demands
  • Lead counsel in over 40 federal and state employment cases where summary judgment was granted in favor of employer clients after efficient discovery
  • Reached settlement agreements in over 30 federal and state employment cases on favorable terms for employer clients


  • J.D., Catholic University School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., Lafayette College, 1985

Admittance to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia District
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits

Professional Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • July 2, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Statements About Older Workers Evidence of Discriminatory Intent"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-present)