Attorney Brendan J. Murphy
Mr. Murphy has lived in Connecticut since childhood. A graduate of Windham High School (Windham, CT), Mr. Murphy went on to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in English from The University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) and a Juris Doctorate from the Western New England University School of Law (Springfield, MA).
Since he was young, Mr. Murphy has passionately believed that creating a strong society means serving the needs of others. Mr. Murphy is an avid learner of history, culture, and human nature. He seeks to know why things happen. The only question was how best to use his skills, interests, and opportunities to pursue this goal. Following his time at UConn, Mr. Murphy explored a career in education. Prior to attending law school, he worked daily as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional in local elementary and middle schools.
Though he enjoyed his time in the classroom, Mr. Murphy sought other ways to advocate and to serve the public. At the Western New England University School of Law, Mr. Murphy took advantage of numerous opportunities to pursue personal interests and expose himself to a variety of areas of law with the goal of becoming an ethical, empathetic, competent attorney ready to serve his clients' needs. Following law school, Mr. Murphy continued to gain valuable experience as a civil clerk in the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and as a compliance attorney at a multi-state contract-collections law firm.
In March, 2018, Mr. Murphy started a solo law practice under the auspices of the The University of Connecticut School of Law's practice incubator program, The Connecticut Community Law Center (CCLC). A program designed to meet the legal representation gap created when individuals neither qualify for free legal services nor can afford typical fees, the CCLC assists attorneys in starting their own law practices and the attorneys agree to represent referred clients, whom have income just above the poverty line, at reduced or "low-bono" rates.
Being part of the CCLC program was an invaluable experience. Mr. Murphy was exposed to the significant challenges that lower-income individuals face. Reliance on an adversarial judicial system to resolve conflicts often cannot adequately address the underlying issues creating the conflict; and cannot create adequate resolutions. In some cases, conflicts may be exacerbated and even worsened. This is a systemic issue, not only faced by lower-income individuals.
Alternative forms of dispute resolution, including mediation, present a conflict-resolution option which can fill the gaps present in the adversarial system. Mediation allows participants to voice their interests and shift their perspectives, considering conflict as an opportunity to grow and expand options. Mr. Murphy engaged in professional mediation training to learn how to facilitate engaged communication enabling parties to work towards agreements. Though he parted with the CCLC to focus on mediation, Mr. Murphy still seeks to provide holistic, satisfying, and affordable conflict-resolution to all individuals.
In addition to building the Murphy Law Center's law and mediation practice, Mr. Murphy is an avid reader whom enjoys traveling, playing sports, spending time outdoors, and thought-provoking conversations. He enjoys working with student-athletes as an assitant cross country and track and field coach at a local high school.
Moving forward, Mr. Murphy hopes to continue building his law practice and coaching. Evventually, he would like to teach interest-based conflict resolution.
- The University of Connecticut, 2006 (Bachelor of Arts, English)
- Western New England University, School of Law, 2013 (Juris Doctorate)
- State of Connecticut, 2013
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2013
- United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 2018
- 40-Hour Mediation Training, The Quinnipiac University School Of Law, Center on Dispute Resolution, October, 2018
- The Connecticut Mediation Association, Board Member, 2018-Present
Volunteer (Pro Bono)
- Volunteer Attorney Mediator, State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, July, 2019-Present
- Participant, Connecticut Community Law Center (law practice incubator program), 2018-2019
- Compliance Attorney, Law Offices Howard Lee Schiff, P.C., East Hartford, CT, 2016-2018
- Temporary Assistant Clerk, Middlessex Superior Court, Civil Clerk's Office, Middletown, CT, 2014-2016
- Legal Extern, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Office of Legal Counsel, Hartford, CT , 2013
- Legal Extern, Office of Public Defender, G.A. 14 Hartford, CT 2012
- Volunteer Legal Extern, Connecticut Legal Services, Willimantic, CT, 2011-2012
- Clinician, International Human Rights Clinic, Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, MA, 2011
- Volunteer Extern, State of Connecticut Office of Adult Probation, Supervision, Willimantic, CT, 2006-2007
- Volunteer Extern, State of Connecticut Office of Adult Probation, Information and Reuptake, Danielson, CT, 2005
- Writing Intern, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT, 2006