Jennifer L. Murphy
Associate

Email: jmurphy@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3315

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

Throughout her career, senior associate Jennifer Murphy has prided herself on providing her clients with candor, responsiveness, and a proactive approach. An experienced litigator, Jennifer focuses her practice on commercial, construction, insurance, premises and products liability, professional liability, and transportation litigation matters in state and federal district courts, including related appellate work.

The breadth and depth of Jennifer’s courtroom experience and her background as a trained mediator enable her to vigorously defend and advocate for her clients during trials and appeals while also facilitating negotiated resolutions of disputes when advantageous. Jennifer’s use of strategic motion practice throughout her cases is a particular strength, allowing her to position her clients for early resolution and trial. This approach also helps place her clients in a favorable position in the event of an appeal.

Jennifer is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She earned her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law, where she had a distinguished academic career. She was the Managing Editor of SMU Law Review and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers for excellence in oral advocacy. Jennifer also won the National Championship and received National Best Brief honors at the Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C.  After law school, Jennifer served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable United States District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the Northern District of Texas.

An active member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association, Jennifer previously served in the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court and as President of the Wichita County Bar Association. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and served on the Board of Directors for the Kemp Center for the Arts. When she’s not immersed in the legal world, Jennifer enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, yoga, watching movies, and cheering on the SMU Mustangs, the TCU Horned Frogs, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Jennifer is admitted to practice in all Texas Courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended summary judgment for physician client in medical malpractice case on appeal to the Sixth District Court of Appeals
  • Successfully defended summary judgment for insurance company client in bad faith case on appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member of team who successfully obtained application for temporary restraining order in the Texas A&M University v. Seattle Seahawks, Inc. 12th Man trademark infringement suit
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment and dismissal for clients in multiple commercial, construction, employment, insurance, intellectual property, personal injury, premises liability, product liability, and transportation litigation matters
  • Successfully resolved multiple creditor bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, mortgage lending, foreclosure, and real estate litigation cases on behalf of clients, including litigating deficiencies and trying adversary proceedings in bankruptcy

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Wichita County Bar Association
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court

Honors and Recognitions

  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
  • Managing Editor of SMU Law Review
  • National Order of Barristers
  • National Champion and National Best Brief honors, Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Moot Court Competition
  • President, Wichita County Bar Association (2012-13)

Publications and Presentations

Rise of the machines: Texas Products Liability

April, 2019

Personal Injury Damages

April, 2019

Advancing your case through motion practice

April, 2019

Got the winter claims blues? Texas claims and slip and falls,

February, 2017

Sexual Assault Survivors Guide – Contributor

January, 2017

Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, June 2016

June, 2016

• Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, coauthored May, 2016 Eagles International Associates

May, 2016

Liens: Do I really need to pay this? Again? (Co-author with Paul W. Bennett)

April, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Update (Co-authored with Doug Fletcher)

January, 2016

Texas evidence flashcards (co-author)

January, 2016

Arbitration: Do You Really Want It?, HR Southwest Conference, November 2015

November, 2015

Proposed Regulations Clarify the Meaning of a Safe Drilling Margin in the OCS, Offshore Magazine

July, 2015

The Macondo Litigation in a Nutshell, LOGA Industry Report

June, 2015

BP Oil Spill Lessons Learned, Energy Executive

April, 2015

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Document Preservation Notice May Violate SOX, HCCA – Compliance Today, June 2015

March, 2015

Pregnant Pause: U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Against UPS, March 31, 2015

March, 2015

Social Media in Claims and Litigation

January, 2015

Mandatory E-Filing Has Arrived (Again): Tips and Traps for the Unwary, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Summer 2014 Received Stars of Texas Bars Award for Best News Article

January, 2015

Overview of Construction Law and Risk Management for Subcontractors

January, 2014

The Michael Morton Act: What prosecutors and defense attorneys need to know

October, 2013

Served as Moderator for Appellate Law seminar, Jefferson County Bar Association

January, 2013

Construction/Real Property Defense and Damage Analysis

January, 2013

Presented Legislative Update: HB274 at annual NAIW conference

May, 2012

Federal Ban on Hand-Held Mobile Telephone Use: Implications for Commercial Motor Vehicles, co-authored May 30, 2012 issue of The Voice, The Defense Research Institute (DRI)

May, 2012

A Lawyer’s Guide to the Advertising and Solicitations Rules

January, 2012

Professional Liability—Design Professionals: Texas Certificate of Merit Analysis

January, 2012

Analysis of Venue Favorability and Practical Tips on Venue Selection and Options to Limit Liability in Unfavorable Venues, Co-Author

January, 2012

Featured speaker at Council on Litigation Management – Defense Strategies National Defense Counsel

March, 2011 New Orleans, Louisiana   

Internet Dating Websites: A Refuge for Internet Fraud, 12 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 389

January, 2011

Co-author of the Texas Chapter of Construction Litigation Desk Reference, A Fifty State Compendium, published by DRI

February, 2010

Developments in Indemnity and Additional Insured Agreements, presented at Business and Insurance Litigation Update

October, 2009

Fifth Circuit Civil Appellate Update, 21 APP. ADVOC. 212

January, 2009

Featured panel speaker at Medmarc’s 24th Annual Medical Device Seminar – Application of Social Media When Defending and Cross-Examining Experts

June, 2008 Hot Springs, Virginia   

Toast to the Constitution, Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex Inn of Courts Joint Meeting

January, 2008

Who Owes Who What and When Do They Owe It? at DRI Annual Meeting/Construction Law Committee

October, 2007 Washington D.C.   

Featured panel speaker presenting a Bad Faith Litigation and Claims Handling seminar at Church Mutual Insurance Company

May, 2007

Featured Speaker at Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Construction Law Seminar – When Personal Injury Becomes Personal Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases

September, 2006 San Francisco, CA   

Named shareholder, David Macdonald, will be a featured speaker at DRI's Construction Law Seminar to be held September 7-8, 2006 in San Francisco.

The topic When Personal Injury Becomes Personal - Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases will cover the implications of an OSHA violation in a personal injury lawsuit, including what can be done to protect clients when OSHA investigates an injury at a construction project.

Some of the issues addressed will also include whom OSHA considers the employer when there are multiple contractors on the project, determining when evidence of an OSHA violation is admissible in a personal injury lawsuit, and how to minimize the effects if evidence is admitted.

Guest Speaker at Insurance Women of San Antonio (IWSA)

July, 2006 San Antonio, Texas   

Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects, presented at Continuing Education Conference

June, 2006 Charlotte, North Carolina   

Featured Speaker at Eagle International Conference – Update Texas Good Faith Insurance Issues

May, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada   

"Update Texas", the May 2006 conference held in Las Vegas, was hosted by Eagle International, an International network of defense attorneys and claim adjusters.

Featured speaker, David Macdonald, presented Good Faith Insurance Issues.

Guest Speaker for Federation of Insurance Women of Texas (FIWT) 2006 Mid-Year Conference

April, 2006 Austin, Texas   

Recent Developments in the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Court Practice seminar, State Bar of Texas (CLE accredited)

January, 2006

Fraud, Fraudulent Inducement, and Contractual Protections Against a Fraud Claim, CLE

June, 2005

Co-author: “Useful Strategies in the Battle of Experts,” Bankruptcy Litigation: Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop

January, 2005 Austin, Texas   
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Educational/Professional Background

  • SMU Dedman School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2000
  • Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts, 1996

Court Admissions

Jennifer L. Murphy is licensed to practice law in the following areas:

  • Texas

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas

  • Overview
  • Representative Experience
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Honors and Recognitions
  • Publications/Presentations
  • Educational/Professional Background
  • Civic and Volunteerism
  • Court Admissions





Jennifer L. Murphy

Associate

Email: jmurphy@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3315

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

Throughout her career, senior associate Jennifer Murphy has prided herself on providing her clients with candor, responsiveness, and a proactive approach. An experienced litigator, Jennifer focuses her practice on commercial, construction, insurance, premises and products liability, professional liability, and transportation litigation matters in state and federal district courts, including related appellate work.

The breadth and depth of Jennifer’s courtroom experience and her background as a trained mediator enable her to vigorously defend and advocate for her clients during trials and appeals while also facilitating negotiated resolutions of disputes when advantageous. Jennifer’s use of strategic motion practice throughout her cases is a particular strength, allowing her to position her clients for early resolution and trial. This approach also helps place her clients in a favorable position in the event of an appeal.

Jennifer is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She earned her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law, where she had a distinguished academic career. She was the Managing Editor of SMU Law Review and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers for excellence in oral advocacy. Jennifer also won the National Championship and received National Best Brief honors at the Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C.  After law school, Jennifer served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable United States District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the Northern District of Texas.

An active member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association, Jennifer previously served in the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court and as President of the Wichita County Bar Association. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and served on the Board of Directors for the Kemp Center for the Arts. When she’s not immersed in the legal world, Jennifer enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, yoga, watching movies, and cheering on the SMU Mustangs, the TCU Horned Frogs, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Jennifer is admitted to practice in all Texas Courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas.