The Murphy Family Legacy
For generations, the Murphy family has strived to represent all the best the law has to offer, along with a real commitment to helping our community. In 1982, John H. Murphy, Sr. founded what is now considered the nation’s oldest historically black family-owned newspaper-The Afro-American. Along with his colleagues, he established a respected news outlet which crusaded against the racial and economic injustices that plagued Baltimore City.
His grandson, Judge William H. Murphy, Sr., would continue to push for equality, this time within the legal system. In 1948, Judge Murphy, Sr. opened his own law practice in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, litigating cases in the fields of workers’ compensation, family law and criminal law. Both he and his wife, Madeline Murphy, became impassioned community organizers with active roles in local and national politics.
The firm built a celebrated reputation in the 1970s as his son, Judge Billy Murphy, Jr. expanded the firm’s criminal practice successfully tried a series of cases that exemplified the family’s commitment to social justice. ln 1980, he became judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, a position he held for three years before returning to his successful law practice and by the late 1990s, Judge Billy Murphy, Jr.’s son, Hassan Murphy, joined the firm as managing partner. Young and driven, with an eye for strategy, Mr. Murphy has since expanded the firm’s presence both locally and nationally.
With this fund, the Murphy family hopes to encourage the motivated and passionate individuals who will make great changes in the lives of others. It’s the best way we know to both honor our family’s legacy, and help ensure our community has continued access to the best legal advocates.