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Dan Murphy is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Litigation Practice Group and Business Law Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on business and commercial matters, including shareholder/partnership litigation, complex contract disputes, and claims involving breach of fiduciary duty and unfair trade practices. He also routinely serves as litigation counsel in matters involving infringement of intellectual property rights. Dan is admitted in state and federal courts of Maine and Massachusetts.
Dan joined Bernstein Shur after serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Leigh I. Saufley, Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. During Dan’s final year of law school, he interned with the Hon. Kermit I. Lipez, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In law school, he also served as the Business Editor of the Maine Law Review and was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute’s award for excellence in bankruptcy scholarship. His comment, “Guilty Pleas and the Hidden Minefield of Immigration Consequences for Alien Defendants: Achieving a ‘Just Result’ by Adjusting Maine’s Rule 11 Procedure,” appeared in Volume 54 (2001) of the Maine Law Review and ultimately resulted in the amendment of M.R. Crim. P. 11 by the Advisory Committee on those rules.
Dan has received a rating of AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for professional ability and ethical standards. Each year from 2009 to present, Dan was named a Rising Star in Business Litigation by New England Super Lawyers magazine, a designation that is bestowed on no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. Dan also was recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Plaintiffs in the most recent edition of its guide ranking plaintiff litigation attorneys. In 2010, Dan was awarded the Vincent L. McKusick Award by the Maine State Bar Association for his article, Recovery of Lost Profits Damages; All Is Not Lost. Dan also maintains a recurring column in the Maine Bar Journal, Beyond the Law, which focuses on the interests and pastimes of attorneys outside of their legal practice. Click here to read the most recent edition of Beyond the Law.
Prior to attending law school, Dan spent several years in Tokyo, Japan, working in the International Business Management Division of the Norinchukin Bank, one of Japan’s largest financial institutions. He lives with his wife and two children in Portland.
JD, University of Maine School of Law, magna cum laude (2002)
BA, St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont (1993)
Member, Phi Alpha Theta, National Honor Society
University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and CUPA, Paris, France (1991-1992)
Admitted to practice:
State of Maine and Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts: District of Maine and District of Massachusetts
Maine State Bar Association
Nathan and Henry B. Cleaves Law Library (Board of Directors)
Maine Bar Journal (Editorial Advisory Committee)
Campaign for Justice Legal Aid Fund (Volunteer)
Edward Thaxter Gignoux Inn of Courts