In May 2022, Joseph T. Murphy, partner at Clifford Law Offices, was selected as a recipient of the Rising Stars of the Plaintiffs Bar award, part of The National Law Journal’s 2022 Elite Trial Lawyers annual awards that honor a “select group of young lawyers under age 40 who are up-and-comers in the plaintiffs bar.”
Law.com highlighted Joe in a Q&A article in August, identifying some of his experiences as a young attorney that separates him and his work from his peers.
In the article, Joe shares that one of the best career lessons he has learned is to try to get in front of as many different judges and jurisdictions as possible. Throughout his career he has worked as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice, and Chief of Federal Litigation for the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell where he served as an active-duty Captain. He also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Joe’s diverse experiences have granted him opportunities to learn from various cases and individuals that have helped shape his career.
One of those standout cases he shares involved securing jail time for a sexual offender who was court marshaled in the U.S. Army for sexual assault crimes that occurred while on active duty, culminating in the offender being dishonorably discharged and imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth.
Joe joined Clifford Law Offices as a partner in 2022, with extensive experience in law, and a military background with the U.S. Army. He is currently part of the team of aviation lawyers working alongside Lead Counsel Robert A. Clifford on the 2019 crash of a Boeing jet. The firm represents more than 70 families who lost loved ones in the tragic crash in Ethiopia of a Boeing 737 MAX jet that led to its grounding for nearly two years.