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Kiersten Murphy is a shareholder at Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., practicing in public bidding and procurement law and commercial litigation. In addition, Kiersten has worked alongside lawyers in the firm’s Native American affairs practice. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the American Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in all Arizona State Courts, the United States District Court of Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As a member of the Public Bidding & Procurement practice group, Kiersten provides top-notch legal counsel to clients who need help identifying and pursuing opportunities to do business with the government. Nearly every government entity has its own procurement opportunity notification system, process, timeline, rules and regulations. Without adequate legal guidance, it can be intimidating and cumbersome for companies to identify these lucrative business opportunities, let alone pursue them.

The Public Bidding & Procurement practice group has extensive experience navigating the complex and specialized public bidding and procurement laws from start to finish, beginning with assisting clients to identify and pursue meaningful revenue-generating opportunities for their companies, and to work through bid protests and other contract-related matters.

As a commercial litigator, Kiersten represents businesses and individuals pursuing or defending against a variety of civil lawsuits, including: breach of contract claims, trade secrets, temporary restraining orders, judgment enforcement/collection, civil appeals, etc.

As a participant in the firm’s Native American Affairs practice, Kiersten has assisted in providing strategic legal advice to Native American tribes, tribal organizations and affiliated entities, including matters regarding tribal sovereignty and tribal government.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 45%
    12 years
  2. Government Contracts: 45%
    12 years
  3. Native Peoples Law: 10%
    12 years

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  • Laura Emily Antonuccio

    I have had the privilege of practicing with Kiersten for several years and have worked closely with her on a variety of high-profile matters sounding in public bidding & procurement law, commercial litigation, and Native American affairs. Across the board, Kiersten is an established litigator and advocate. She's highly intelligent, motivated and thorough. As a result, she consistently provides top-notch legal counsel to her clients.


    Laura Antonuccio Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.

2575 E. Camelback Road
Suite 1100
Phoenix, AZ, 85016


AZActive 200303/30/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
John S. Armstrong AwardArizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law2003
Pedrick ScholarArizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law2003
Order of the CoifArizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law2003
Summa Cum LaudeArizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law2003
Highest Score, Arizona Bar ExamState Bar of Arizona2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law Clerk, Justice Andrew HurwitzArizona Supreme Court2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember, Public Contract Law Section2013 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember, Administrative Law Section2013 - Present
State Bar of Arizona, Administrative Law SectionExecutive Council, Member-at-Large2013 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember, Trial Practice Section2003 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawN/AJuris Doctorate2003
Northern Arizona UniversityBusiness Administration, FinanceBS - Bachelor of Science2000