Denise I. Murphy

Denise I. Murphy

Partner and Chair, Labor and Employment

Practice Areas

Labor and Employment

Bar Admissions

United States District Court for Massachusetts

Direct: (617) 330-7123
Fax: (617) 330-7550

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Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 2017

  • Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group
  • Counsels regional and national businesses on a broad variety of employment law-related issues, ranging from individual terminations to mass reductions in force.
  • Drafts a multitude of employment contracts, severance agreements, handbooks, and policy statements, and conducts numerous discrimination investigations and employee training seminars.
  • Litigates sexual harassment claims, and cases involving claims of racial, gender, age, disability, and national origin discrimination, in both the federal and state courts locally and nationwide.
  • Appears before administrative bodies such as the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and other state agencies across the country.
  • Lectures at seminars sponsored by the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the National Business Institute, and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education series.
  • Active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, its Employment Law section, and the Women’s Bar Association.


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
    • Editor and Staff Writer, Suffolk University Law Review
  • University of Massachusetts, B.A.

Professional and Community Involvements

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Vice President, 2017-2018
    • Officer and Secretary, 2016-2017
    • Member, Executive Management Board
    • Past Chair and current Member, Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments
    • Past Chair, and current Member of Labor and Employment Section
    • Member, Budget and Finance Committee, Policies and Procedures Committee
    • September 11th Committee, Conversations on Law and Liberty Program
    • House of Delegates Regional Delegate
    • Task Force on the Court System’s Anniversary Fee Assessment
    • MBA Social Networking Task Force
    • MBA Task Force on Employment Opportunities
  • Past member, Town of Westwood, Finance and Warrant Commission:  Chair of Educational Subcommittee; Member:  Municipal Subcommittee
  • Past member, Board of Editors, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Executive Board
  • Women’s Bar Association
    • Mentoring Circle Leader
    • Past Co-Chair, Judicial Appointments, Applications, and Endorsement Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation
    • IOLTA Grant Review Committee
  • Regional Committee
  • Past member:  Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group Ethics Committee
  • Group leader:  Christmas in the City


  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Honored as one of the 2015 “Top Women of Law” (Oct. 2015)
  • The Boston Globe, Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers (2012)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, “Centennial Award” (2011)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Boston Magazine, Top 50 Women Attorneys (2008 to present)
  • SuperLawyers (2008 to present)

Selected Publications