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Lawrence J. Murphy

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  • Detroit

    t. +1.313.546.6036

    f. +1.313.263.6855


Larry Murphy is a litigation attorney with almost 30 years of experience trying cases in arbitration proceedings and in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. In addition, he helps clients successfully resolve disputes through direct negotiations or via alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and facilitation. His practice focuses primarily on automotive supply chain litigation and counseling, business contract disputes, class action defense and bankruptcy adversary proceedings. Additionally, his vita includes representation and counseling in injunction proceedings, computer hardware and software matters, Uniform Commercial Code cases, business torts, products liability defense, warranty claims and recalls, sales commission disputes and wrongful death/personal injury defense.
Larry takes a personal interest in understanding the operations and business objectives of the clients he works with. He develops deep-rooted relationships centered on trust and implements effective and appropriate strategies to achieve clients’ goals. In addition to close personal involvement, Larry assembles and manages teams of attorneys best suited for each matter, aligning strengths, experience and rates to ensure the best possible outcomes in and out of the courtroom. Clients like Larry personally and value his engaging and practical approach to his practice. They can rely on him to keep their interests at the forefront of every phone call, email, negotiation or day in court.



  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 1992 cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.A. 1989 with distinction


  • Michigan


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association



  • Effectively represented supplier clients in a wide variety of disputes, including claim-and-delivery actions, tooling and mold lien disputes, supply contract disputes, recalls and warranty claims.

  • Selected to lead litigation team defending dozens of arbitrations in multi-state proceedings filed by terminated franchisees. Through effective use of Legal Project Management, client benefited from the cases being completed under the client’s budget established for the matters.

  • Successfully protected manufacturer’s just-in-time parts supply in multiple significant supply-chain disputes, including through the effective use of TROs and preliminary injunctions.

  • Obtained summary judgment establishing liability of a vehicle hauler in a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim brought by a manufacturer.

  • Obtained a favorable outcome for a tooling manufacturer and an assembly company in a suit brought by a specialty vehicle manufacturer.

  • Defended parts manufacturer in claims alleging liability for warranty costs associated with a customer satisfaction recall.

  • Defended a variety of manufacturers from sales commission disputes brought under the Michigan Sales Representative Act.


  • Advised clients in adversary proceedings involving preference actions, fraudulent conveyance claims, setoff and recoupment rights.

  • Represented judgment creditor in successful opposition to discharge of judgment in Chapter 7 proceeding.

Business Torts

  • Represented corporation in successful tortious interference claim arising from breach of a distributorship agreement.

  • Advised individuals and corporation in defense of a complex fraudulent conveyance action arising from a corporate dissolution and transfer of assets.

Class Action Defense

  • Defended clients from property and personal injury claims arising from alleged emissions and contaminations from their business operations.

  • Counseled manufacturer in defense of potential class action by customers arising from alleged misrepresentations, product defects and warranty claims arising from the sale of unique computer hardware/software system.


  • Successfully obtained arbitration award on behalf of a large franchisee against national franchisor for breach of franchise agreement.

  • Achieved favorable resolution on behalf of sellers of a business against breach of warranties claims brought by a private equity buyer.

  • Obtained dismissal of suit alleging breach of joint venture agreement concerning resale of industrial machinery.

  • Represented leasing company in successful claim and delivery action to recover assets.

  • Prosecuted and defended non-compete and trade secret claims on behalf of corporations and individuals.

Products Liability

  • Counseled silica supplier in defense of wrongful death products liability action allegedly arising from exposure to company’s product.

  • Advised owner of industrial vehicles in injury/death suits arising from alleged product defects.

Wrongful Death

  • Obtained dismissal of two multi-million-dollar civil suits seeking to avoid application of Workers Disability Compensation Act and to recover directly against the employer.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011-21
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013-21; Top 100 2019-21
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-12, 2014 and 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



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