Ann M. Murphy, Retired Partner

Tenets of Practice

For nearly 40 years, Ann has built her practice and earned the loyalty and admiration of clients through legal excellence, with strong principles that guide her approach to the law:

Meticulous: Even among financial professionals, Ann was scrupulous and detail-oriented by comparison to many. People and projects that serve the common good depend on her to get it right every time, so she held herself personally responsible for the details, and with such acumen that her clients rest well at night, knowing she’s on the job.

Collaborative: Ann worked well not only with her clients but with the entire finance teams that participate in completing the many transactions on which she works. To Ann, it didn't matter if there were representatives from competing law firms, or if there are multiple municipalities involved, or if there were conflicting agendas in any given project; she considered it her job to be helpful and to work together to accomplish the objectives for everyone’s benefit.

Client-Focused: It may sound cliché to declare that Ann always put the client first, but there were plenty of attorneys who merely equate their legal skills with client service, whereas Ann cared about the whole client and everything the client hoped to achieve, inside and outside the scope of the transaction at hand. She not only considered it essential to perform quality work, she actively guided her clients through the process, to keep them informed and to help them see her work in the context of their larger objectives.

Trusted Advisor: Ann treated every transaction as part of a continuum, considering the history that led to the project and the future beyond it. Her clients could depend on her wisdom and advice for both the immediate decisions at hand and the long-term issues that may not even have arisen. Her goal was to be someone to call on at any time, for any reason, by any client.