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Florence J. Murray

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I’ve known I wanted to be a lawyer since I was a young girl, listening to my father talk about cases and trials at the dinner table. Fairness has always been my driving force—knowing that no one ever deserves or wants to be in a situation where they need an attorney. I believe that one of the greatest joys in life is interacting with and helping other people, and it’s this knowledge that I take with me to my practice every day. We want our clients to know that we are in this battle together.

Inspiration in my life:

My father; since I was a young girl, I would hear him talk about cases and trials at the dinner table. It is what inspired me to be a lawyer.

When I’m not helping clients:

You can find me outdoors! I love spending time with my family being active and in the fresh air whenever possible.

My advice for young professionals:

Find time to do things that are only for you and stay physically active.

I like giving back because:

It’s the right thing to do. Simple as that.

My greatest accomplishments:

The two most majestic experiences of my life are skydiving and peering down a ski slope in the Swiss Alps.

Community Involvement

  • Actively assists with Firelands Habitat for Humanity projects
  • Erie County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children, board member

Areas of Practice

  • Civil rights
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Trucking collisions
  • Wrongful death actions
  • Class actions
  • Mediation
  • Insurance law
  • Admiralty and maritime law
  • Railroad law, FRSA, FELA

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2011

Education

  • Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, 2005
    • J.D., Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate
    • Scholarships: James F. Flynn Memorial, Wilbert G. and Hilma R. Schwer, and Women Lawyers of Franklin County
    • Honors: Community Service Award
  • Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, Ohio, 1998
    • M.B.A.
    • Scholarships: Dean’s Academic Scholarship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Scholar
    • Honors: Community Service Award
  • Ashland University, School of Education, Ashland, Ohio
    • M.Ed.
  • Saint Ignatius of Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1991
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean’s List, Alpha Sigma Nu – National Jesuit Honor Society

Honors & Awards

  • Fortune Women Leaders in the Law, 2015
  • Martindale Hubbell® AV® Rated, 2014 – 2019
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers; Top 10 Bad Faith Insurance Lawyers, 2015 – 2019
  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys, 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in the Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list, 2014 – 2016

The National Trial Lawyers

Florence J. Murray Super Lawyers

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) – State Delegate, secretary; Civil Rights Section, treasurer; Railroad Law Section, secretary; Membership Oversight Committee, member; National Finance Council, member; Public Education Committee, member
  • Chair of the AAJ Civil Rights Section
  • Chair of the AAJ State Delegates
  • Vice Chair of the AAJ Railroad Section
  • Vice Chair of the AAJ Section Leaders Council
  • Serves on the AAJ Executive Board
  • AAJ Leadership Academy 2017
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, member
  • Disability Rights Bar Association, member
  • Education Law Association, member
  • Erie County Bar Association, member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, member; Trucking Safety Committee Chair, board member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, member
  • Pound Civil Justice Institute, member
  • Public Justice Foundation, member
  • The National Trial Lawyers, member

Representative Cases

  • Oatman v. InfoCision, Inc., et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106453 (N.D. Ohio 2013)
  • Stevenson v. Western & Southern Mut. Holding Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42026 (N.D. Ohio 2012)
  • Range v. Cincinnati Life Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41520 (N.D. Ohio 2012)

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