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Stephen James Murphy

Personal injury Attorney at New York, NY

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also known as Stephen J. Murphy, Stephen Murphy

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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1998
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Stephen J. Murphy joined the firm of Block O’Toole & Murphy in March 2005, after a successful career as a homicide prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. Mr. Murphy has a reputation for being fearless and tough but fair. His extensive courtroom skills have consistently set him apart from other lawyers. Mr. Murphy is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. He handles a wide range of cases, including labor law and construction accidents, tractor-trailer and truck collisions, wrongful death, premises liability, and motor vehicle cases.

With 14 years in civil practice and 22 years overall as a trial attorney, Mr. Murphy has an extremely impressive body of work, regularly returning verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars. He has amassed over $350,000,000 in results for his clients, including well over $40,000,000 in settlements every year since 2013. As a result, lawyers throughout New York State frequently consult Mr. Murphy on legal matters and refer their most serious cases to him.

Mr. Murphy has obtained numerous remarkable results throughout his career. Some of the most notable are detailed below.

2016 . . . Three of Top Five Largest Results in New York State

Mr. Murphy was the lead trial lawyer on the second ($9,975,000), third ($7,400,000) and fifth ($5,500,000) largest settlements in the entire state of New York in 2016, according to the New York Law Journal and the Jury Verdict Reporter. The publication also recognized Mr. Murphy for posting the 10th and 18th largest settlements in the state. He had more reported million-dollar results in 2016 than any other attorney in New York State.

Three of the Top 25 Results in All of New York State in 2015

Mr. Murphy was the lead lawyer on three different cases which were recognized by the New York Law Journal in their Top 25 Settlements in 2015. The results that appeared in the New York Law Journal included the #5 settlement ($7,525,000), the #13 settlement ($4,600,000) and the #25 settlement ($3,200,000) in all of New York State. Mr. Murphy was the only attorney in New York State who appeared in the Top 25 results on three separate cases.

10th Largest Settlement in 2014 for the Entire United States

Mr. Murphy and his partner David Scher were able to recover $8,800,000 for a female pedestrian who sustained neurologic and orthopedic injuries in a collision. The landmark result was hailed by the National Law Journal as the 10th highest settlement in the entire country in 2014. It was also the fourth largest settlement in New York State that year. This marks the third time in seven years, and the second year in a row, that one of Mr. Murphy's results was included among the top 50 results in the entire country by the National Law Journal.

The “Good Samaritan Case”

Mr. Murphy, along with his colleague Daniel O'Toole, persuaded a Suffolk County jury to return a record-setting verdict of $32,756,156 on behalf of a 60-year-old man in a traumatic brain injury case. The verdict, covered extensively by the local media, is the largest negligence verdict ever in Long Island and was featured in a cable television documentary entitled "The Good Samaritan." In addition, the result was also recognized by the New York Law Journal as the second highest negligence verdict in New York State in 2007 and one of the top 100 verdicts that year for the entire United States.

Noteworthy Results:

  • $32,756,156 jury verdict for a 60-year-old Vietnam veteran who was struck by a reckless driver, resulting in brain damage and other severe injuries
  • $15,500,000 settlement for an injured client who suffered a traumatic brain injury
  • $9,950,000 settlement for a Buffalo social worker who was struck by a van in a parking lot and had to get her left leg amputated
  • $7,525,000 settlement in a Suffolk County wrongful death case for a family after a devastating collision which tragically killed a young mother and child, and left another child with neurologic issues
  • $7,400,000 settlement for a union sheet metal worker who suffered a back injury after he fell while working on a construction site
  • $7,200,000 settlement in a wrongful death case for the family of a 25-year-old Brooklyn husband and father who was tragically killed in an elevator accident
  • $5,885,000 jury verdict in Queens County for a 35-year-old undocumented worker who suffered severe wrist, arm, and back injuries after he fell from a ladder precariously placed on a scaffold
  • $5,500,000 settlement just before jury selection for an electrician who sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling from an extension ladder and landing on his head
  • $5,500,000 settlement for a 54-year-old Nassau County construction worker who became disabled from employment after being struck by a rotating excavator
  • $4,600,000 settlement for a rigger who suffered neck and back injuries that required surgery

Charity Work
Mr. Murphy is a proud member of the fundraising committee for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 2019, he was named the St. Jude Event Chairperson of the Year for the 12 years of effort he and the firm have put in to raise money for St. Jude. Since 2007, Block O’Toole & Murphy has sponsored an Autumn Wine Tasting to raise money for the hospital, whose mission is to cure and end all pediatric diseases. In 2019, the Autumn Wine Tasting raised over $820,000, and overall, together with his partners, Mr. Murphy has raised over $5,000,000 for the hospital.

Honors and Awards
From 2010 to 2019, Mr. Murphy has been named a Super Lawyer, signifying he is in the top 5% of lawyers in the New York Metropolitan area. From 2011 to 2020, he has been honored by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in New York State. He has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list from 2013 to 2019, and was also named to the Irish Legal 100 from 2013 to 2016. 


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Block O'Toole & Murphy
1 Penn Plaza
Suite 5315
New York, NY, 10119


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Posted by Eugene | December 20, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Super Lawyer
Mr. Murphy is undoubtedly one of the best trial attorneys in the country. Apart from being a master at his craft, he is very knowledgeable, sincere, and most of all, trustworthy. If you are looking for a great trial attorney, he is definitely the right choice!
Posted by Shauna | January 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Approximately two and a half years ago, I was in a motor vehicle accident. I met with several attorneys before fortunately a friend recommended Block O'Toole & Murphy. They agreed to take my case. Coupled with thier compassion was their professionalism. It was evident from my first meeting with them that they were warriors that would go to battle for me. I could say a million words of praises to describe my experience with Block O'Toole & Murphy, (particularly with Stephen Murphy), but I will start with three.. SUPERB, FANTASTIC, OUTSTANDING! Aside from that, Stephen Murphy and his entire staff are friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They made one of the most horrendous experiences of my life more bearable. Their kindness extends beyond just ordinary human kindness. Their professionalism was beyond bounds of what I expected. They informed me immediately of any changes in my case. To say this, may sound somewhat cliche, but they felt and still feel like family. Stephen Murphy along with Christina Mark and each member of the staff made me feel like my healing was of the utmost importance... and it is. They kept in constant contact after my surgery as a caring family member would. They were there for every single moment of my emotional and physical roller coaster ride. I recall the day I sat in Stephen Murphy's office I cried like I had never cried before. I cried a river. I was a mess. I was just miserable, emotionally and physically spent from all the back pain, arm numbness, you name it. They listened as intently as the best therapist would, but most importantly, they comforted me. Additionally, they are attentive to every question I had (even they silly ones). Their responses are prompt, either by emails or phone calls. The team at Block O'Toole & Murphy fought like hell for me, from beginning to end. Stephen Murphy is a top-notch attorney. He got me a settlement beyond anything I dared l to expect. They ensured that long after my case was over I am (or will be) able to meet any potential challenges related to my injuries or beyond. I feel supremely lucky to have been represented by such a first-class attorney such as Stephen Murphy. S.G.
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Posted by Sam gregory | January 7, 2017
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A super Star
This lawyer has it all. Steve Murphy has courtroom brilliance, negotiation skills and a human touch. Steve murphy is the real deal.
Posted by William | December 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Stephen Murphy and his law services represented me with compassion and professionalism. I was completely satisfied and made a friend as a bonus.
Posted by Raymond | December 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Construction site Accident
Mr. Murphy came to my home personally after receiving my phone call. He treated me like family. He helped me emotionally while I was fighting to survive.He fought what was a difficult liability case. In the end he prevailed. His hard work saved my family from financial ruin.We will always be grateful for him. He is still active in following how we are after the case settled.He contacts me often to monitor my condition, he really cares.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2016
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Looking for advice on how to best help our child...
Our son was born with a congenital birth defect, which caused significant medical issues, countless doctor visits, hospitalizations, exposure to medications and therapies, repeated surgeries as well as tremendous emotional anxiety. The expenses were crushing to our family. Last year he underwent testing that determined the cause of these problems and the issue was rectified through surgical repair. This is the first time in his six years of life he has made it through a season without multiple attacks of aspirant pneumonia - yet now he has severe GERD as well as permanent lung damage and a 'fear of food' from years of living with the laryngotracheal cleft that went without repair. Prior to our phone consult - Mr. Murphy had limited knowledge of my story. When we spoke - I was impressed with his understanding of the issues these children face. He was patient, kind and incredibly well versed in the nuances of the law. He also put forth a clear path for us to follow. I felt confident that Mr. Murphy was both an extremely competent attorney as well as compassionate individual who clearly and concisely presented all angles of what a case may entail. We are so pleased we made the call.
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Posted by Antonio | December 21, 2016
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Mr Murphy best of the best!!
MR Murphy excellent lawyer, he listen to your problem and treat you with respect. Thank you for everything you did for me and my family!!
Posted by Neil Greene | October 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Stephen Murphy
My experience with Stephen Murphy and the entire staff at Block Otoole and Murphy exceeded all of my expectations.Stephen is the kind of man that is easy to talk to . He showed a great deal of compassion towards me and my family during a very difficult time . He was always available to me at anytime to talk with and always returned my calls promptly. Never made false promises on the outcome of my case . The only thing he promised me is that he would not be outworked by the defense. He told me that he would do everything possible to obtain the best settlement for me and my family. I never considered myself a number when dealing with Stephen ,I could tell that he genuinely cared about my situation. That is what makes him and the entire staff at Block Otoole and Murphy so special. Aside from the human aspect that Stephen displays daily his legal knowledge and background are second to none .Feel free to google his educational background ,you will be very impressed by what you discover. I can't say enough great things about Stephen and the entire staff at Block Otoole and Murphy they changed my life forever and I will be forever in thier debt. If you find yourself in need of an attorney that will treat you with respect and compassion,someone that will get you the best possible outcome, someone who won't be outworked and always has your best intrest in mind then Stephen is your man .
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Trial Lawyer
  • Block O'Toole & Murphy
  • 2005 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Senior Homicide Trial Attorney
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 2005


  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • $32,756,156 Verdict for Veteran Hurt in Car Collision - Dunne v. Lloyd
  • $32,756,156
  • $9,950,000 Settlement for Social Worker Struck by Commercial Van
  • $9,950,000
  • $8,800,000 Settlement for Pedestrian in Queens Van Collision Accident
  • $8,800,000
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  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of Labor Law Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • The Brehon Law Society
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Personal injury Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply one of the best in the business. A tireless advocate for the catastrophically injured. I have personally referred matters to Mr. Murphy's firms and have worked closely with him on complex litigation. I could not recommend him more highly."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow lawyer, I cannot give enough praise to Stephen and the rest of his firm. They are the hardest working, most honest, and well respected lawyers in the field. They always obtain the best results for their clients. On any case of serious injury, I would recommend Stephen without hesitation. On cases that I have referred to them, they have gotten results that were well above expectations. There are no none better!"
Litigation Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is a privilege that I came to know Steve Murphy. He coached my mock trial team in law school and he was my mentor in the early stages of my career. I can say without exaggeration that Steve Murphy is one of the best trial attorneys in New York City; it doesn't get any better. His results are staggering. If a family member of mine was catastrophically injured, and their life hinged on the caliber of the lawyer selected to represent them, Steve Murphy would be my first call without hesitation. After nearly a decade, he remains a trusted friend to this day."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen is a great lawyer who has it all. His ethical foundation is unshakeable. I recommend him without hesitation or reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Steve since law school. Even back then, I knew he would be a great attorney. He is smart, creative, incredibly thorough and relentless in the pursuit of justice for his clients. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone that is in need of a personal injury attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Simply the best!!!"
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mr. Murphy. He is highly intelligent, caring and a great trial attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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New York Personal injury Lawyer Stephen James Murphy
Stephen James Murphy
Personal injury Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 25 years
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