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Erin Murphy

Partner
emurphy@mdattorney.com
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Phone: (410) 385-2225
Fax: (410) 547-2432

201 N Charles St 26th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Education

J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1996

B.A., Gettysburg, 1993

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice State of Maryland, 1997
United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1997
United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 2000
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Maryland State Bar Association

Bar Association for Baltimore County

Focus
Ms. Murphy's practice is devoted to zealously defending the rights of clients charged with crimes in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Professional History
After serving as a judicial clerk with The Honorable James T. Smith, Circuit Court Judge for Baltimore County for three years, Ms. Murphy became associated with a prominent Baltimore Law firm. During that time, she developed an outstanding reputation in the legal community for her legal writings. Her experience includes the litigation of various criminal and civil motions and appellate briefs on behalf of hundreds of clients in state and federal court. She has briefed cases before the Supreme Court of The United States, The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Maryland Court of Special Appeals and numerous trial courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Murphy authored the brief of Leeander Blake, accused of murder, whose state charges were reversed by the Court of Appeals of Maryland.  This matter was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms. Murphy also authored the motion for new trial that was granted for the internationally reported prosecution of Reverend Maurice Blackwell, a Baltimore priest, against allegations of sexual abuse.

Since joining STSW, Ms. Murphy has had continued success in arguing and briefing appellate cases in both appellate courts.   A sampling of those cases include:

Big Louie Bail Bonds v. State:  a unanimous victory in the Court of Appeals on behalf of the bail bond industry

Bircher v. State:  Reversal of first-degree murder conviction by Maryland Appellate Court. State v Bircher, 221 Md. App. 425 (2015)

Dargon v. State:  a unanimous victory in the Court of Special Appeals reversing a trial court’s ruling on a motion to suppress evidence
from a search that was violative of the Fourth Amendment

Frye v. Mather: victories in a domestic case that was briefed and argued twice before the Court of Special Appeals

Sewell v. State: a victory in the Court of Special Appeals in the first case dealing with text messages and the marital privilege; argued before the Court of Appeals in October of 2018.


Ms. Murphy has also served as second chair with partner Brian Thompson on significant criminal trials which garnered media attention including:

State v. Chris Spivey: a Baltimore County police officer accused of first degree assault.

State v. Dominic Faulkner: a first degree murder case where the defendant was wrongfully accused but confessed to the crime. 

State v. Dan Galloway: a Baltimore County police officer accused of conspiracy where a motion for judgment of acquittal was granted on all charges after the State’s case.

Ms. Murphy is also an adjunct professor at the University Baltimore School of Law where she co-teaches Evidence with her father, Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.  (Read his Bio)
Government Service
  • 1994-1997 Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable James T. Smith, Circuit Court for Baltimore County