PATRICK J. MURPHY
Shareholder – Since 1981
J.D., 1979, University of Wyoming
B.A., 1976, Great Books Program, University of Notre Dame
ADMISSION TO PRACTICE:
Wyoming State Bar American State Bar U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Pat has been with the firm since graduating from law school in 1979. He has been a shareholder since 1981. Pat briefed or argued an unusually high number of cases in Wyoming Supreme Court, prevailing in a high percentage of those cases. For several years at the Wyoming Legislature, Pat successfully represented the Wyoming Supreme Court justices and the Wyoming District Court judges in their efforts to seek a legislative pay raise.
He has litigated medical malpractice, legal malpractice, insurance bad faith, products liability, personal injury, wrongful death and wrongful termination suits. Pat gives frequent seminars to insurance claims personnel on issues involving Wyoming personal injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith. Pat is focusing his efforts on the defense of high-exposure personal injury and wrongful death cases.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
As a lobbyist for the state’s largest public utility, Pat helped draft the following legislative enactments in recent years: The elimination of joint and several liability, 1986; the High Voltage Overhead Powerline Safety Act, 1989; the elimination of culpable negligence as the standard for co-employee liability, 1993; and the application of comparative fault principles to products liability cases.
Pat was a member of the Wyoming Parole Board from 1989-1995, and a Trustee for Wyoming Medical Center from 1995-2002. He and his wife, Lori, have three grown sons.