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Murphy joined Kelley & Ferraro LLP in 1999 after spending three years at Davis & Young LLP defending asbestos cases. He graduated from Gilmour Academy in 1988, Purdue University with a BA in 1992 and from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1995. Murphy was named Partner in 2004, and Equity Partner in 2006. He serves as Magistrate for Bratenahl and Grand River Courts and has served as Special Prosecutor in Bratenahl He serves as an Arbitrator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution department of the Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court. Murphy is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys. Murphy has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of Asbestos clients as well as Personal Injury clients. As a result of his accomplishments, he was selected as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Furthermore, he has also been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer six times: 2005, 2006, 2007,2012,2013 and 2014.   Away from the courtroom, he served as the Commissioner of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Young Lawyers Softball League for ten years. As Captain of his team, he won ten consecutive championships. In 2012, he was nominated as a board member for the Cleveland Baseball Federation.


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Practice areas


  1. Products Liability: 25%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Workers Compensation: 25%
  4. Litigation: 25%

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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    I highly recommend and endorse John Martin Murphy as an excellent attorney.


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Kelley & Ferraro LLP

2200 Key Tower
127 Public Square
Cleveland, OH, 44114


MIActive And In Good Standing201302/03/2015
NYCurrently registered 201103/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Life MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Ohio Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKelley & Ferraro1999 - Present
AssociateDavis & Young Co, LPA1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Cleveland Baseball FederationMember2012 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumLifetime Member2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Ohio High School Baseball Coaches AssociationMember2000 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolN/AN/A1995
Purdue UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Gilmour AcademyN/AN/A1988