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James L. Murray

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I graduated from Case Western Reserve University Law School and became a lawyer because I like to solve problems and I like people. The relationships with my clients are built through hours of listening and working together. That is what makes my job worthwhile. It is a great thrill when I get to tell clients that we’ve won a case and that they will be able to rebuild or improve their lives as a result of our hard work together.

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiff's trial practice
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death actions
  • Employment discrimination
  • Insurance bad faith
  • Breach of contract
  • Criminal defense

Community Involvement

  • Wightman-Wieber Charitable Foundation, Board President
  • W.P. and Louise Murray Foundation, Board Member
  • Erie County Central Committee, Democratic Party, vice-chair 2012 - 2022
  • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Trustees member
  • Youth baseball and basketball, coach
  • Erie County Community Foundation, board member

    Bar Admissions

    • Ohio, 1997
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1998


    • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio, 1997
      • J.D.
    • Boston College, 1994
      • B.A.

    Honors & Awards

    • 2023 Firelands Best of the Best Attorney
    • Selected for inclusion in the Ohio Super Lawyers® list, 2016 – 2024

    James Murray Super Lawyers

    Professional Associations & Memberships

    • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Trustees member
    • Ohio State Bar Association, member
    • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, member
    • Erie County Central Committee, Democratic Party, vice-chair
    • Advocates for Basic Legal Equality/Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Board of Trustees member; vice president 2011 – 2014

    Representative Cases

    • Turner v. Cathedral Ministries, 2015-Ohio-633 (6th App. Dist.)
    • Thom v. Perkins Twp., 2012 Ohio App. Lexis 1377 (6th App. Dist.)
    • Elevators Mutual Insurance Company v. J. Patrick O'Flaherty's, Inc., 125 Ohio St.3d 362, 2010-Ohio-1043 (Ohio 2010)
    • Safeco Ins. Co. of Amer. v. White, 122 Ohio St.3d 562, 2009-Ohio-3718 (Ohio 2009)
    • Henney v. Shelby City School District, 2006 Ohio App. Lexis 1251 (5th App. Dist.)


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