John Murphy

Kelley & Ferraro LLP
Ernst & Young Tower, 950 Main Avenue Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 202-3450

Murphy joined Kelley & Ferraro LLP 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 six times: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 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.

Year Joined Firm


Areas of Practice

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

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

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

Ohio Rising Star, 2005-2007
Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012-2019

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

Past Employment Positions

Davis & Young LLP

Pro Bono Activities

Board Member, Cleveland Baseball Federation.