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Niels P. Murphy is a top rated trial, appellate, and arbitration attorney. As lead counsel, he has represented Fortune 500 Companies, small businesses, professionals, and individuals in hundreds of lawsuits, regulatory, and arbitration matters around the United States over the past two decades. Mr. Murphy currently handles complex matters involving securities, compliance, regulatory, business disputes, product liability, professional liability, insurance, and serious personal injury.


Mr. Murphy is admitted to practice before all courts of Florida and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. He has an “AV Preeminent” rating in the renowned Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, which is reserved for attorneys who have “usually practiced for many years, and [are] recognized for the highest levels of professional excellence.”


Mr. Murphy was selected by his peers among the Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward & White from 2010-2012. He is also listed in Florida Super Lawyers (2009-2012 editions), Jacksonville Magazine "Legal Elite" (2009-2012), Jacksonville Magazine “Top Lawyers” (2009-2012), Florida Trend's "Legal Elite" (2010-2012), and is only one of a handful of Board Certified lawyers in Jacksonville designated by the Florida Bar as an "Expert in Business Litigation." It is the highest level of recognition for specialization by the Florida Bar and requires significant trial experience and a rigorous qualifying exam.


Mr. Murphy earned his Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, in the top 10% of his class from Vanderbilt University and his law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida. While a student at the University of Florida College of Law, he served as Chairman of the Moot Court Competition Team and his writing skills earned him a position as a teaching assistant in Legal Research and Writing. Mr. Murphy served as an LBJ Scholar intern in the United States House of Representatives and interned for a U.S. Senator. He began his legal career as an associate with the international law firm of Holland & Knight and served as a named partner with the boutique litigation law firm Liles, Gavin, Costantino & Murphy.


Mr. Murphy currently serves as a Master in the prestigious Chester Bedell Inn of Court and formerly acted as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. He is an active member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee of The Florida Bar. Mr. Murphy enjoys golf and basketball. He and his wife, Lynne, have three children and live in historic San Marco.


American Bar Association, Member
Florida Bar Association, Member
Federal Bar Association, Member
Jacksonville Bar Association, Member
Jacksonville Bar Association
---Chair, Emeritus, Commercial Litigation Section
Florida Bar Association (Board Certified in Business Litigation)
---Trial Lawyers Section Member
---Civil Procedure Rules Committee Member
Jacksonville Justice Association, Member
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Member
Bedell Inn of Court, Master (2011-present); Barrister (2005-2008)


Holland & Knight (Associate)
Liles, Gavin, Costantino & Murphy (Named Partner)
United States Senate, Intern
United States House of Representatives, LBJ Scholar Intern


Duval County Teen Court, Presiding Officer (emeritus)
Episcopal High School of Jacksonville
--President, Alumni Association (2007-2009)
--Member, Board of Trustees (2007-present)
Youth Sports Volunteer


Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing, University of Florida
IPE --- Complex Legal Drafting
Teach For America, Nashville TN Inner City School Program


Lost Profits (Dec. 2004)
Proposals for Settlement – How to Avoid the Pitfalls (March, 2005)
Confidentiality Orders in Complex Cases - How, Why, and Do They Work
(November, 2005)
Heart Device Litigation (March, 2006)


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    21 years, 700 cases



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Contact info

Murphy & Anderson, PA

1501 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL, 32207


FLMember in Good Standing199506/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America2010 Edition2010
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2010
RecognizedSuper Lawyers2010
AV PreeminentMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLiles, Gavin, Costantino & Murphy1997 - 2006
AttorneyHolland & Knight1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida BarCivil Rules Procedure Committee2007 - Present
Jacksonville Federal Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Florida BarTrial Lawyers Section Member1995 - Present
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Florida BarBoard Certified in Business LitigationN/A
Jacksonville Bar Association, Commerical Litigation Law SectionChairN/A
Bedell Inn of CourtBarrister2005 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
JBAProposals for Settlement2005
JBAConfidentiality Orders in Complex Cases2005
JBALost Profits2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IPEComplex Legal Drafting2003