Former Appellate Judge Joins Maryland Law Firm
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Joseph F. Murphy, former Maryland Court of Appeals Judge, is joining the law firm of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White. Murphy joins his daughter Erin and a talented group fo lawyers at the firm. Murphy will be the head of the law firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice while also assisting with litigation issues.

“Judge Murphy is one of the most accomplished appellate advocates in the country, and we are thrilled he has chosen to join our firm,” said Steven D. Silverman, Managing Partner, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White. “Joe’s talent, judgment, experience and leadership position us to continue to succeed in the highly competitive field of high stakes appellate litigation and high stakes litigation.”


Judge Murphy released the following statement about joining the law firm of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White:

“I am very excited to be joining Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White and its formidable appellate and litigation practice. The firm is a model of excellence, and the firm’s depth of talent, reputation and commitment to the practice are well known. I look forward to working with my daughter Erin and the firm’s outstanding team to carry on their tradition of excellence and to grow and develop the litigation, alternative dispute resolution practice and appellate practice in the service of firm clients.”

Murphy was appointed to the Circuit Court for Baltimore County in 1984. Prior to that appointment, Murphy practiced law as a staff attorney for Legal Aid. Murphy also worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, worked for the Deputy State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, and was a partner in the law firm of White & Murphy in Towson. In 1993, Murphy was appointed to the Court of Special Appeals, becoming its chief judge only three years later. He held this position until 2007, which is when he was appointed to the Court of Appeals. Murphy also teaches Evidence at the University of Baltimore Law School and is the author of the Maryland Evidence Handbook. Murphy also teaches Trial Practice at the University of Maryland Law School.

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Silverman added the following in the statement about Murphy joining the law firm:

“Judge Murphy is a uniquely gifted lawyer. It is a great honor to have him at firm. Our clients will benefit from the insights and experience of his great legal mind. We also are committed to supporting his ongoing work with the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Law Schools.”

Andrew Slutkin, a partner in the law firm, also added the following about Murphy joining the firm:

“He is not only an outstanding jurist and an outstanding lawyer, but an outstanding person. I cannot overstate how excited we are to have Joe at the firm. What a wonderful honor this is that Joe selected our firm from among the many other premier law firms that he could have chosen,” Slutkin said.


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