Dennis E. Murray Jr.

Super Lawyers
Martindale AV



There’s nothing more gratifying to me than solving a big messy puzzle with lots of pieces. Clients come to us with some of the most difficult problems in life. To be entrusted with representing them and trying to solve whatever they bring to us is an awesome and humbling responsibility. Placing that final piece to reveal the entire picture is what drew me to this profession. When a client trusts me to tell their story and bring them justice, that gives me the same satisfaction. 

“The minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” — Thomas Jefferson

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer when: I got a C in college chemistry.

My advice for young professionals: Always be true to yourself and your values, both in practice and life.

I like giving back because: It keeps me rooted and reminds me of what’s truly important.

On the weekends you can find me: Trying a new recipe or tackling a new project around the house — they give me a sense of completion


  • President of the Sandusky City Commissioners
  • Lead Director for Civista Bank, Ohio's 9th largest publicly traded bank

Areas of Practice:

  • Plaintiffs' Trial Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Shareholder and Investor Litigation
Litigation Percentage:
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
  • Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1987
    Honors: Cum Laude
  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia, 1984
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors and Awards:
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012-2019
  • Toledo Business Journal's Who's Who in Toledo Area Law, 2014-2018
  • Commencement Speaker - Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus, 2014
  • Ohio Environmental Counsel – Public Servant Award, 2011
  • Ohio Association for Justice – Outstanding Legislator, 2011
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice – Outstanding Legislator Award, 2011
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, Buckeye State Council – Legislator of the Year, 2010
  • Ohio Farmers Union – Legislator of the Year, 2010
  • Ohio Sea Grant – Superior Leadership Award, 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • Civista Bank - Board Member, 2013 - present
  • Ohio Supreme Court Task Force on Funding of Ohio Courts, 2012-2015           
  • Erie County Bar Association, 1990-present, Member, Erie-Huron Counties Certified Grievance Committee, 1992-2006
  • Northern District of Ohio Bar Association, Member, Advisory Committee
  • United States District Court (Federal), Northern Division Advisory Committee 2003-2007
  • Ohio State Bar Association Member; Member of Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee, 2013-present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Grader, Ohio Bar Exams, 1995 - 2005, Ohio Supreme Court
  • Ohio Association for Justice
Elected Positions:
  • Sandusky City Commissioners, 2014-present (ex officio Mayor 2014-15), 2005-2008 (ex officio Mayor 2008)
  • Ohio Constitutional Modernization Committee, 2011-2013
  • Ohio House of Representatives 80th District, 2009-2012
Pro Bono Activities:
  • Lector and Eucharistic Minister, Sts Peter & Paul, Sandusky
  • Director, Sandusky Central Catholic Education Foundation, 1996 - 2008
  • Co-Chair, Sts. Peter & Paul Church Pastoral Council, 2004 - 2006
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