Patrick J. Murphy, Partner


Patrick Murphy’s practice focuses on insurance coverage and other complex business disputes. He is the Chair of the Firm’s Insurance Coverage Team and the Milwaukee Office Chair of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He has substantial experience representing policyholders in several industries, including manufacturing, financial services, energy, healthcare, construction and direct sales in connection with securing coverage under CGL, D&O, professional liability, property, cyber and other policies.

Patrick's more significant recent experience includes:

  • Prosecuting manufacturer’s claims to more than $80 million in insurance limits for underlying asbestos personal injury lawsuits.
  • Representing energy company in first-party coverage dispute arising out of property loss in excess of $50 million.
  • Representing construction company in first-party coverage dispute arising out of explosion that caused multi-million dollar property loss.
  • Representing financial institution in coverage dispute arising out of underlying consumer class actions.
  • Representing direct sales company in coverage dispute arising out of underlying securities class actions.
  • Prosecuting manufacturer’s claims for coverage and bad faith arising out of insurers’ refusal to defend and indemnify company against third-party environmental claims.
  • Representing manufacturer as national coordinating and trial counsel in product liability suits across the country.
  • Defending company involved in marketing and administration of supplemental insurance program in series of consumer class actions involving alleged violations of more than a dozen state consumer protection statutes.
  • Defending manufacturer involved in consumer class actions alleging violations of NY, CA, and WI consumer protection statutes.
  • Obtaining judgment following trial in favor of policyholder freight forwarder sued by its insurer in a dispute regarding applicability of substantial deductible payment.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2016)
  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.A., with distinction, 2003)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member)
  • Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (Volunteer), advising low-income members of Milwaukee generally, and the Spanish-speaking community specifically, on various legal issues

Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA®, Litigation: General Commercial, 2021-present
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