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Joseph Ward McMurray

Criminal defense Attorney at Kingsport, TN

5.0   5 reviews

also known as R. Wayne Culbertson Law Firm, P.C.

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  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 13 years
    Tennessee - TN 14 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

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Joseph W. McMurray has been a licensed attorney since 2010, currently serving clients in Tennessee and Virginia. Mr. McMurray was born and raised in Scott County, Virginia. He attended James Madison University and received a scholarship to attend Charleston School of Law. After graduating law school, he clerked for Charleston County Judge Honorable Irv Condon. Following his clerkship, Mr. McMurray began private practice which eventually lead him to accepting a position as an Assistant District Attorney General in the Second Judicial District in Sullivan County, Tennessee. While serving in that role he was the supervisor of General Sessions Court, Juvenile Court and Domestic Relations for the Second Judicial District for over six years. He gained valuable knowledge and connections as a prosecutor which have garnered him tremendous success, both at bench trials and jury trials.

In January 2018, Mr. McMurray left the District Attorney General’s Office and accepted a position as an associate attorney with Mr. R. Wayne Culbertson’s office. Since that time Mr. McMurray has found great success in many areas of law including criminal defense, personal injury, social security disability, probate/estate issues as well as family law. Given his education and experience, Mr. McMurray prides himself as a trial attorney and devotes himself to most areas of litigation in the firm.

In addition to his work at the firm, he is also adjunct professor at King University, teaching criminal procedure, criminal law, ethics in criminal justice and juvenile justice. Also, Mr. McMurray is currently working on his first publication with Belmont Criminal Law Journal, which should be published in spring 2020. Additionally, he serves as the Kingsport Bar Association’s Treasurer for the 2019-2020 term.


Joseph Ward McMurray


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Posted by Lisa | March 8, 2022
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Contractor fraud?
Contractor left you high and dry? Joe and Tessa, his paralegal, worked diligently to achieve a successful outcome for me. It was not easy and took about 18 months but Joe’s advice to seize bank account funds worked. The case ended up in federal court when the contractor filed bankruptcy, but Joe got my case dismissed. He deserved much more than his share of the funds but stuck to our original agreement. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Jason | August 10, 2021
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A true Lawyer in Kingsport
Hired Joe for my divorce and he exceeded expectation. As a Dad I was able to get primary custody of my three year old. He has teeth, doesn't play games, and does what he says he'll do. A+ all around.
Posted by Rachelle | June 16, 2021
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All charges dismissed!!
I have had such a WONDERFUL experience having Joe McMurray as my lawyer. I was recommended to hire him after I ran into my legal problems, I actually had two separate cases he was very professional and informative about my situation when I met with him. I can honestly say he will definitely put the work in if you hire him. He is VERY dedicated to what he does and I highly recommend him to anyone who is having legal issues he will get the job done!!! Having two separate cases and five charges all together I am happy to say I walked out of court with EVERYTHING dismissed on both cases!!!!!! So YES DEFINITELY hire Joe if you want a good lawyer. Thanks again Joe your the best!!!
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Posted by Karen | May 1, 2021
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Criminal case resolved
Joe was hired by my son to dismiss a 4 yr old case. He stated he couldn't guarantee but, would do his best. That's all we wanted was an attorney who gave his word. The wheels of justice are slow and Joe persevered until case was finally closed. Many thanks Joe!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Good job. Fair.
Was assigned to mitigate a matter and was more than capable. Excellent work ethic.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Mr. R. Wayne Culbertson Attorneys at Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • King University
  • 2018 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Second Judicial District in Sullivan County
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Clerk
  • Charleston County Judge Honorable Irv Condon
  • 2010 - 2011
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  • Charleston School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • James Madison University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005


  • Kingsport Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2019 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Kingsport Criminal defense Lawyer Joseph Ward McMurray
Joseph Ward McMurray
Criminal defense Attorney
Kingsport, TN
Licensed for 14 years
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