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Joe Murphy is an experienced courtroom trial attorney having litigated cases in multiple Pennsylvania County Courts and the Middle District Federal Court for 50 years. He has successfully represented clients in civil cases, particularly involving automobile liability, premises liability, municipal liability and product liability.


Joe possesses a strong desire to try cases before a jury and to also negotiate fair settlements of deserving lawsuits.


Prior to joining BBC Law, Joe has been a principal in a law firin in Lackawanna County where he has also been an active member of the Lackawanna Bar Association. He served as its President in 1991. He also served as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates as well as a National Delegate of the Federal Bar Association.


After graduating from the University of Scranton in 1965, he obtained his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1968 where he was also a member of the Law Review. He then served as Law Clerk to Chief Federal Judge William J. Nealon of the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1968 to 1971,


His community activities include serving as Chairman of the Scranton Preparatory School Board of Trustees, Chairman of the University of Scranton Annual Fund Campaign and President of Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of Duquesne University of Law Alumni Association.


He has also held memberships in the various trial lawyers associations in Pennsylvania.


Joe’s area of focus include General Litigation, D&O Liability, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Dram Shop/Liquor Liability, Transportation Litigation, Auto Liability and Premises Liability.


  • University of Scranton, 1965
  • JD Duquesne University School of Law, 1968


  • Pennsylvania, 1968


  • Lackawanna Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute


  • Automobile
  • Commercial Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Dram Shop
  • Directors & Officers
  • General Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation / Commercial Motor Vehicle Law