Edward J. Murphy

Houston, TX
Partner, Trial Lawyer and Arbitrator

Ed Murphy is a trial lawyer focusing on commercial, complex products liability, casualty, energy, maritime, and insurance matters. His clients range from individuals to insurers for Texas, national, and international corporations in diverse industries. His litigation practice includes trials and arbitrations in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Murphy is also an arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.

  • St. John's University School of Law (J.D., 1974)
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy (B.S. in Marine Transportation, 1969)
Admissions to Practice
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern District of Texas
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th, and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitration
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Representative Cases
  • Represented a lawyer and law firm in a legal malpractice case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that state courts may hear claims alleging legal malpractice in the handling of a patent case, reversing the Texas Supreme Court
  • Defended a major U.S. energy company in a multi-billion dollar fraud and breach of contract suit arising from the failed sale of a large producing oil field
  • Defended a multi-national company against  claims of tortious interference and fraud concerning the construction of an Asian LPG project
  • Represented a chemical plant maintenance contractor regarding claims arising from explosion of a chemical plant process vessel that caused multiple fatalities, serious burn-related personal injuries, and property damage
  • Defended a national trading company of the People's Republic of China from enforcement of an arbitration award and civil sanctions regarding the failed financing and construction of a chemical facility in Pakistan
  • Defended an insurance broker in an E&O claim regarding failure to procure necessary insurance for a multi-million dollar construction project
  • Represented a national insurer in coordinating the defense of a pipeline operator regarding claims arising from a major explosion that resulted in multiple fatalities, serious burn-related personal injuries, and alleged environmental contamination
  • Represented the insurer of an herbal supplement manufacturer in nationwide litigation pertaining to ephedra products during the height of the "ephedra scare"
  • Represented the owner of an oil rig in Harrison County, Texas, against property damage, personal injury, and death claims resulting from the largest land-based oil rig explosion in Texas
  • Defended an international manufacturer in a federal class action resulting from the sale of laser products throughout the U.S.
  • Defended a national consumer service company in a Texas class action suit alleging misrepresentations to consumers throughout the U.S.
  • Defended the owner of an offshore drilling unit in Harris County, Texas, against a claim by a construction contractor regarding a conversion from a mobile drilling unit (MDU) to a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility
  • Defended a manufacturer of gas cylinders in a product liability case in Brazoria County, Texas, arising out of a cylinder explosion and fire causing catastrophic injuries
  • Defended a multi-national energy company against a claim for fraud and tortious interference arising from an oil rig construction project
  • Defended a number of oil, gas, and chemical companies in state and federal courts against numerous claims resulting from plant and refinery operations in Texas and Louisiana
  • Defended a major truck manufacturer in a patent infringement suit in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • Defended a major chemical manufacturer against claims arising out of a bulk carrier collision with a chemical facility that resulted in property damage and business interruption
  • Defended a national oil supplier against claims by an automobile manufacturer regarding defective fuel
  • Defended a Louisiana facility against environmental claims concerning contaminated gasoline in Dallas County, Texas, and Eastern District of Texas lawsuits
  • Represented gas shippers against a major common carrier pipeline operator for shortages throughout its interstate system
  • Represented an integrated energy company in international arbitration regarding construction of two ultra-large crude carriers
  • Defended the owners of an oil storage facility in Chambers County, Texas, against environmental, property damage, personal injury, and death claims arising from a tank farm explosion
  • Defended a Fortune 100 energy company in a Galveston, Texas, dispute with joint venture owners concerning breach of contract and fraud issues related to a joint operating agreement, gas balancing issues, and proper accounting standards
  • Represented numerous Texas law firms in an E&O claims throughout the state
  • Defended accounting firm against negligence and other allegations arising from leveraged foreign currency option transactions
Honors and Awards
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitration (London)
  • Advisory Board, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Who's Who Legal, Texas, 2008
  • Named a "Texas Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly magazine, for multiple consecutive years, and selected for the 2009 Texas Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition for Business Litigation
Memberships & Affiliations
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Insurance Law Planning Committee, 2010
    • Section on Litigation
    • Planning Committee for the Advanced Personal Injury Law Course
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Nominating Committee, 2010
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Honored Endowment Scholar, Endowment Fund for Professionalism
  • American Bar Association
    • Section on Litigation
    • Federal Judiciary Relations Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Chairman, Maritime and Energy Law Committee, 1995-1996
  • Defense Research Institute
Presentations and Seminars

Mr. Murphy has spoken at many continuing legal education seminars regarding trial strategies, tactics, and principles of jury management. He has also spoken on numerous oil, gas, energy, and maritime topics.

Selected Prior Experience
  • Senior Vice President, Subsidiaries of The Coastal Corporation
  • Lt. USNR (ret.)
  • USCG Merchant Marine license, Any Ocean, Any Tonnage