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About me

I am Worcester criminal defense attorney Brian Murphy and I focus my practice on criminal defense in the district, superior and federal courts. I have spent my entire legal career focused on defending those accused of crime and advocating for them both in Court and in the various administrative proceedings that often accompany prosecutions.  I primarily handles serious criminal matters with special focus on white collar offenses, complicated sex offense accusations, drunk driving allegations, violent crime and post-conviction and appellate advocacy.  I also handles select civil matters.

I graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar and the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

I am a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Worcester County Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law


  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York

    • J.D.

    • Honors: James Kent Scholar

    • Law Review: Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Editor-in-Chief

  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

    • B.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Massachusetts Bar Association

  • Boston Bar Association

  • Worcester County Bar Association

  • Federal Bar Association

  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers

Past Employment Positions

  • Committee for Public Counsel Services

  • Todd and Weld LLP


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
  2. Civil Rights: 10%



Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Murphy & Vander Salm LLP

46 Wachusett St
Worcester, MA, 01609-2720


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dean's Public Interest FellowColumbia University Law SchoolN/A
James Kent ScholarColumbia University Law SchoolN/A
Harlan Fiske Stone ScholarColumbia University Law SchoolN/A
Presidential Service AwardCollege of the Holy CrossN/A
Outstanding Contribution to Academic LifeCollege of the Holy CrossN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMurphy & Vander Salm2013 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office Of Brian E. Murphy2011 - 2012
AttorneyCommittee For Public Counsel Services2006 - 2009
Director of Public Policy and AdvocacyCentral Massachusetts Housing Alliance2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Worcester County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Massachusetts Academy of Trial AttorneysMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Robbery Charges DroppedDismissed
Weapons ChargesDismissed
Sex CrimesNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Columbia Human Rights Law ReviewEditor In Chief2005
A Jailhouse Lawyer’s ManualEditor In Chief2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
College of the Holy CrossN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A