Dennis E. Murray Sr. 

Super Lawyers
Martindale AV



After over 50 years of practicing law, I still remember my first class action lawsuit for the civil rights of women and persons of color. Even though I had just graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my career to civil rights in the workplace and stop businesses from cheating employees. That’s my dedication — to give 100% effort to every moment that I work on each case.

“It always seems impossible until you do it.” — Nelson Mandela

Inspiration in life: ​My parents, my children and my grandchildren. I remember learning the importance of family at a young age when my father told me what he did for a living. Being one of the finest of lawyers, I could feel how much he was defined not only by what he did in his profession, but also by his role within our large family.

When I’m not helping clients: ​You can find me on the water or at home cheering on the Browns, Indians or Cavaliers.

Biggest point of pride: ​Client’s money is no good at Murray & Murray; we don’t get paid until we win a settlement.

My advice for young professionals: ​Start each day by tackling the most difficult tasks; take on the most challenging cases; always give 100%; and always remain loyal to those loyal to you.

I like giving back because: ​It is one more of the readily available pleasures in life.

Dennis E. Murray, Sr. and the firm Murray & Murray have remained an integral part of Sandusky, Ohio since 1931 — actively supporting community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Care and Share, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Sandusky State Theater and the Sandusky Library.

Areas of Practice:

  • Plaintiffs' Jury Trial Practice
  • Stock/Securities Litigation
  • Bad Faith Insurance Company Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death Actions
  • Complex Litigation
Litigation Percentage:
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Contingent Fee Litigation
  • Certified Public Accountant
Bar Admissions:
  • Michigan, 1963, inactive
  • Ohio, 1964
  • Florida, 1967, inactive
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1965
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1963
  • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1961
Representative Cases:
  • Johnson v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., Case No. 1:05-CV-1094 (N.D.Ohio, Dec. 12, 2013)
  • Arlington Video, Inc. v. Fifth Third Bancorp, 515 Fed. Appx. 426 (6th Cir. 2013)
  • Jones v. Sandusky County, Ohio, 541 Fed. Appx. 653 (6th Cir. 2013)
  • Oatman v. InfoCision, Inc., et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106453 (N.D. Ohio 2013)
  • Vassalle v. Midland Fundind, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90278 (N.D. Ohio 2011)
  • Franklin v. Midland Funding, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89919 (N.D. Ohio 2011)
  • Stammco LLC v. United Telephone Co. of Ohio, 125 Ohio St.3d 91 (Ohio 2010)
  • Safeco Ins. Co. of Amer. v. White, 122 Ohio St.3d 562, 2009-Ohio-3718 (Ohio 2009)
  • Midland Funding, L.L.C. v. Brent, 644 F. Supp.2d 961 (Northern District of Ohio 2009)
  • Della Bovi v. Pacific Indemn. Co., 85 Ohio St.3d 343 (Ohio 1999)
  • Cope v. Metro Life Ins. Co., 82 Ohio St.3d 426 (Ohio 1998)
  • Weston v. Weston Paper & Meg. Co., 74 Ohio St.3d 377 (Ohio 1996)
  • Roberts v. United States Fid. & Guar. Co., 75 Ohio St.3d 630 (Ohio 1996)
  • McConocha v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield Mut. Of Ohio, 930 F. Supp 1182 (N.D.Ohio 1996)
  • Zappo v. Homestead Insurance Company, 71 Ohio St.3d 552 (Ohio 1994)
  • Borsick V. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 68 Ohio St.3d 1221 (Ohio 1994)
  • Leber v. Smith, 70 Ohio St.3d 548 (Ohio 1994)
  • Phung v. Waste Management, 71 Ohio St.3d 408 (Ohio 1994)
  • Polikoff v. Adam, 67 Ohio St.3d 100 (Ohio 1993)
  • Borsick v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co, 68 Ohio St.3d 81 (Ohio 1993)
  • Motorist Mut. Ins. Co. v. Said, 63 Ohio St.3d 690 (Ohio 1992)
  • Stepak v. Schey, 51 Ohio St.3d 8 (Ohio 1990)
  • Dowling v. Narragansett Capital Corp., 735 F.Supp. 1105 (DRI 1990)
  • State, ex. Rel. Ohio Co. v. Maschari, 51 Ohio St.3d 18 (Ohio 1990)
  • Digital v. Analog Design Corp. v. North Supply Co., 44 Ohio St.3d 36 (Ohio 1989)
  • Miller v. Wikel Mfg. Co., Inc., 46 Ohio St.3d 76 (Ohio 1989)
  • Crosby v. Beam, 47 Ohio St.3d 105 (Ohio 1989)
  • Carney v. McAfee, 35 Ohio St.3d 52 (Ohio 1988)
  • Warner v. Waste Management, Inc., 36 Ohio St.3d 91 (Ohio 1988)
  • Armstrong v. Marathon Oil Co., 32 Ohio St.3d 397 (Ohio 1987)
  • Phung v. Waste Management, Inc., 23 Ohio St.3d 100 (Ohio 1986)
  • Bolling v. Clevepak Corp., 484 N.E.2d 1367 (Ohio App. 6 Dist. 1984)
  • Yeager v. Local Union 20, 6 Ohio St.3d 369 (Ohio 1983)
  • Ruta v. Breckenridge-Remy Co., 69 Ohio St.2d 140 (Ohio 1982)
Honors and Awards:
  • Best Lawyers in America, Civil Rights Law, Commerical Litigation, 2018 to present
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2013 - 2019
  • Toledo Business Journal's Who's Who in Toledo Area Law, 2014-2018
 Professional Associations and Memberships:

Prior Bar Examiner 
Supreme Court of Ohio

Prior Member of the Board of Commissioners 
Unauthorized Practice of Law, Supreme Court of Ohio  

Ohio State Bar Association

Erie County Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, inactive status

The Florida Bar, inactive status

The Ohio Association for Justice, fka OATL

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Bar Examiner, Supreme Court of Ohio 1983-1988

Boater, member at Crew's Nest and Dock of the Bay

Golf, member of Plum Brook

Parishioner, St. Peter Church, Huron

Amusement Park Enthusiast

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