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Will Murphy

Arbitration Attorney at Hollywood, FL

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 31 years
    Colorado - CO 28 years
    New Mexico - NM 33 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1992
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1995
    Administrative - Not authorized to practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NM
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Will

Learn Will’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Arbitration
    I am a qualified state court arbitrator. I have also arbitrated a variety of cases for FINRA and the National Futures Association.

    23 years

  2. Mediation
    I am certified as a Circuit Civil, Appellate, Family and County Court Mediator. I am also a FINRA mediator for securities industry disputes. Parties have been able to settle the majority of cases they have mediated with me.

    27 years

  3. Appeals
    Prior to entering private practice, I was privileged to be the judicial clerk to Pamela B. Minzner on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Appeals are an excellent opportunity for enjoying the intellectual side of practicing law. He who laughs last, laughs best.

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    My practice is fairly diverse within the realm of commercial and civil litigation. Most cases involve some species of breach of contract. Typical clients are small companies and middle class individuals looking for efficient, professional resolution of their issue or dispute.

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Probate
    I handle both probate administration, and inheritance disputes, such as allegations of undue influence and lack of capacity (aka will contests), and similar disputes related to trusts and guardianships.

After graduating from the Marshall-Wythe School of law at the College of William & Mary, I clerked for the Honorable Pamela B. Minzner in New Mexico. I then entered private practice in Florida in 1992 and have litigated primarily in state courts, including appeals.  I have been a certified mediator since 1997 and am now certified in circuit civil, appellate, family and county court mediation.   I am the Vice President of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, and edited their newsletter, The Caucus. 

I am also a qualified arbitrator for state court matters.  I am a FINRA arbitrator and chair-qualified and have arbitrated hundreds of cases, mainly as chairperson.  I am also a Special Magistrate for the Broward County Value Adjustment Board.  I also serve as an arbitrator for the American Health Law Association. 

Aside from my legal and dispute resolution experience, I am the race director and coach for Synergy Outdoor Adventure Resources, a nonprofit that fosters participation in outdoor recreation and competition including paddlesports and adventure racing.  We and the team we sponsor support the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, which has been serving South Florida communities for almost 60 years.   I wrote Blazing Paddles: Your Guide to Forming a Fun, Fast Dragon Boat Team, the highest rated book of its kind on Amazon.

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Will Murphy
601 South Federal Highway
Hollywood, FL, 330204511

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Posted by Sandra | March 9, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable
I give this lawyer a hundreds stars if I could. He’s a really nice attorney, knowledgeable about the laws, and most of all, has patience. Highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
great advice !
Hope to work with him in the future. .
Posted by St. Lucie Appraisal | July 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advisor
Thank you, Mr. Murphy, for your sensible guidance. We will utilize it to further improve our business relationships in the future.
Response from Will Murphy November 9, 2021
I am happy to hear that my thoughts were of value to you. Thank you for the review.
Posted by Maggie | October 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
I appreciate the time Mr. Murphy took to asses my case. He gave an accurate and thorough response.
Response from Will Murphy December 9, 2019
Thank you for your review.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I have consulted this attorney regarding my wrongful termination arbitration case. He is very attentive and diligent in his responses. I would highly recommend him.
Response from Will Murphy January 21, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to provide your review. Best wishes.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Mr. Murphy goes the extra mile for people he counsels. He actually cares. Mr. Murphy is respectful, knowledgeable, asks detailed questions and refreshingly, is an actively listener. Even though I don't live in the same state, he went to the trouble to find an attorney in the area in which I live and made a referral in order to help me in my complex situation. Again, he went the extra mile in order to help me. I highly recommend Mr. Murphy. Thank You!
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Response from Will Murphy August 17, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to post this review. I hope your matter has been resolved.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
We worked with Will Murphy for a personal case. He responded to us very quickly, obtained the details of the matter, provided us with possible solutions and followed through promptly. He is honest, straight-forward and cares about their customers’ best interest. I would not hesitate to contact Will again for legal matters, and I recommend him strongly.
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Response from Will Murphy November 28, 2018
Thank you for your favorable review.
Posted by Tony | October 22, 2009
Highly Recommended! Trustworthy and Professional!
Will helped to quickly resolve our case at a reasonable and fair price. He is honest, straight-forward, and hard working, and I will continue to use his legal services in the future.
Posted by Janet | June 18, 2008
Honesty, integrity, work ethic-- Will Murphy
I worked with Will Murphy on a variety of cases for the past 7+ years. In every instance he has proven himself to be professional, hard working, thorough and communicative. He has handled both personal and professional matters for my family members and company, ranging from civil theft to landlord/tenant to complex lease negotiations. He is deeply committed to his clients, and is available for questions, discussion and strategizing. He demonstrates strong integrity and ethical decisionmaking, and seems to be very well respected by everyone he comes into contact with, including the opposing counsel. Will Murphy is also strong and determined. In one matter, we were advised by another attorney that no recovery was likely, but Mr. Murphy prepared and followed a plan that resulted in our organization receiving payments for a number of years, far surpassing expectations. I recommend him without reservation. He is intelligent, creative and compassionate, and he cares deeply about his clients and what is in their best interest.
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Response from Will Murphy November 28, 2018
Thank you for your detailed review.
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2008
Montealege VS Ford
I hired Mr. Murphy to represent me in a suit against Ford Motors. He kept me very well informed throughout the process and was very receptive to my suggestions and ideas. We ended up provailing and then later filed suit for attorney's fees. Again we provailed. His staff is also very friendly and all around he made an otherwise stressfull experience much more positive.
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Response from Will Murphy December 9, 2019
Thank you for your review. I am glad that we were able to get a just outcome on this matter.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Special Magistrate
  • VAB
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Judicial Clerk
  • New Mexico Court of Appeals (Hon. Pamela B. Minzner)
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Summer Associate
  • United States Coast Guard -- Claims and Litigation Division
  • 1989 - 1989
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  • William & Mary Law School
  • law
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ferry v Ferry
  • On appeal, I defended an order granting partial summary judgment, which narrowed substantially the damages the plaintiffs could assert. Affirmed.
  • Quintana v. Frischer
  • Affirmed -- clients not liable for sanctions
  • In re Estate of Sellin Sellin et al v. Stewart
  • Successfully defended decedent's will
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  • South Broward Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Director; Editor in Chief -- The Caucus
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Children's Theatre
  • Outside Counsel
  • 1995 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association, By-laws Committee
  • Member; County Court Committee
  • 1994 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Small Claims Rules Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Supporting Star
  • Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre
  • 1997
  • Put Something Back Pro Bono Award
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • 1996


  • Dade County Bar Bulletin
  • Ten Things Judges Do That Irritate Litigants and Lawyers
  • 1998
  • Colonial Lawyer (nka the Bill of Rights Law Journal)
  • Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object: The Police Power Comes Up Against Free Expression
  • 1989
  • LSGMI (video)
  • Small Claims Court for Pro Se Litigants
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • South Broward Bar Association
  • Selecting a Mediator
  • 2018
  • SBBA Meeting
  • Mediation Q & A
  • 2018
  • Nova Middle Mock Trials
  • Litigation procedures, tactics and ethics (multiple appearances as a judge)
  • 2018
  • Young Lawyers -- Practical Advice for New Attorneys
  • Pitfalls for New Lawyers in Litigation
  • N/A
  • Small Claims Practice -- assisting pro se litigants
  • Small Claims Litigation
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Arbitration Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Murphy are consistent accurate, full of analysis and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for in hiring an attorney, especially for arbitration or mediation."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Murphy is a highly knowledgeable, experienced, and qualified attorney based on his numerous excellent responses to questions asked on the Avvo Q&A forum. I would not hesitate to refer clients to his office for representation in any of his practice areas."
Mediation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Murphy for quite some time and his reputation in the community is impeccable. He is forthright, hard working and very intelligent."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Murphy is a consistent contributor and has demonstrated excellent knowledge of the subjects he has contributed on."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Mediation Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Murphy values honesty. He is always available for clients and strives to meet their objectives in the most cost-efficient manner. Mr. Murphy is everything clients want in an attorney and mediator."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work, but moreover his integrity. In a world where even lawyers make lawyer jokes and sheepishly accept the veiled criticisms as accurately representing a large minority of the profession, Will Murphy is simply above the fray. He doesn't lie, he doesn't cheat, he doesn't steal. His word is his bond. I would trust him with any matter. I would trust him with my family."
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