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John Martin Murphy

John Martin Murphy
  • Partner, 2004


Cleveland, OH





The National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Murphy joined Kelley Ferraro in 1999 after spending three years at Davis & Young LLP defending asbestos cases. He graduated from Gilmour Academy in 1988, Purdue University with a BA in 1992 and from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1995. Murphy was named Partner in 2004, and Equity Partner in 2006. He serves as Magistrate for Bratenahl and Grand River Courts and has served as Special Prosecutor in Bratenahl. He serves as an Arbitrator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution department of the Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court. Murphy is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is admitted to the United States District Court of Ohio, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and The Supreme Court of the United States of America. Murphy has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of Asbestos clients as well as Personal Injury clients. As a result of his accomplishments he was selected as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been rated as “excellent” by AVVO based on his experience, industry recognition and professionalism. Furthermore, he has also been recognized as a Rising Star in 2005, 2006 & 2007 and a Ohio Super Lawyer from 2012-2022. In 2017, Murphy became a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Away from the courtroom, he served as the Commissioner of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Softball League for ten years. As Captain of his team, he won ten consecutive championships. In 2012, he was nominated as a board member of the Cleveland Baseball Federation.

Areas Of Practice

  • Mesothelioma Cases
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wrongful Death
  • Workers Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 2007
  • New York, 2011
  • Michigan, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1999
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1996


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. – 1995
  • Purdue University
    • B.A. – 1992
  • Gilmour Academy – 1988

Honors and Awards

  • Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 – 2024
  • Selected To Rising Stars: 2005 – 2007
  • “Excellent” by AVVO
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • New York Bar Association, Member
  • Michigan Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Member
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution department of the Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court, Arbitrator

Past Employment Positions

  • Davis & Young LLP

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Cleveland Baseball Federation
  • Commissioner, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Young Lawyer’s Softball League

Practice Areas

$120 Million Settlement

To 15,000 Asbestos Victims

$20 Million Verdict


$17 Million Verdict


$8.2 Million Verdict


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