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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.

“The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inspiration in my life:

My parents.

When I’m not helping clients:

You can find me coaching, watching and spending time with my four children.

My advice for young professionals:

Do work for which you have true passion.

I like giving back because:

What is life really about if you’re not giving back to the world you live in?

The teams I love:

Browns, Cavs, Guardians, Buckeyes

Community Involvement

  • Erie County Central Committee, Democratic Party, vice-chair
  • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Trustees member
  • Huron Baseball and Softball programs, board member
  • Youth baseball and basketball, coach
  • Erie County Community Foundation, board member

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiff's trial practice
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death actions
  • Employment discrimination
  • Insurance bad faith
  • Breach of contract
  • FELA (Federal Employer Liability Act)
  • Criminal defense

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

  • Selected for inclusion in the Ohio Super Lawyers® list, 2016 – 2022

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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