Denise Murphy Labor and Employment Lawyer

Denise I. Murphy (she/her/hers)

Partner and Chair, Labor and Employment


Denise Murphy is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and is a member of Rubin and Rudman’s Executive Committee. She counsels regional and national businesses on a broad variety of employment law-related issues, ranging from individual terminations to mass reductions in force. Denise is President of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA).

Denise drafts a multitude of employment contracts, severance agreements, handbooks, and policy statements, and conducts numerous discrimination investigations and employee training seminars. She 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. Denise also conducts independent, third party investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and discriminatory practices.

Denise 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. She lectures at seminars sponsored by the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the National Business Institute, and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education series.

Recognition and Awards

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America©, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2018, 2021-2023
  • Named, a Top Lawyer for Employment Law in Boston Magazine’s inaugural edition of Top Lawyers, 2021
  • Listed, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2008-2021
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Circle of Excellence Honoree, “Top Women of Law,” 2019
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly – Honored as one of the 2015 “Top Women of Law” 2015
  • The Boston Globe, Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, “Centennial Award,” 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, 1998-2022
  • Boston Magazine, Top 50 Women Attorneys, 2008 to present

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Immediate Past President, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2020-2021
    • 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
  • Co-Chair, SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being (Appointed, January 2020)
  • Co-Chair, Board of Bar Overseers Bar counsel Search Committee
  • Member, SJC Judicial Task Force on Attorney Wellness
  • 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

Publications and Speaking Engagements