Francis J. Murphy


Frank Murphy is a trial attorney with more than 35 years of litigation experience.  He has tried cases in all of the Trial Courts in Delaware, including the Delaware Superior Court, the Court of Chancery, and the United States District Court.  He earned the highest possible “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Peer Review Rating Organization.  In a peer review poll, his fellow Delaware attorneys offered the following comments:

“Superb lawyer; exquisite judgment.  The best.”

“An excellent lawyer and of the absolute highest moral and ethical standard.”

“One of the best.”

“Highest caliber attorney.”

“An excellent trial attorney with the highest possible professional and ethical standards.”


Mr. Murphy is highly experienced in complex litigation.  He was a lead trial attorney in the two longest and most complex jury trials in Delaware history, the North American Philips and Hercules environmental insurance coverage actions, where the amounts in controversy exceeded $500 million. He also served as the Court-appointed defense coordinator in the Hercules, Burlington Northern, and Monsanto cases, among the largest commercial cases ever filed in Delaware.

Mr. Murphy has successfully litigated cases against several of the largest regional and national law firms, including Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Williams & Connolly, and Post & Schell.

Mr. Murphy represents clients in the Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Delaware Superior Court.  He also serves as Delaware counsel in intellectual property cases in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.


Mr. Murphy dedicates substantial time to the representation of individual clients with meritorious cases. He has successfully resolved numerous wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, car accident, and products liability cases.  He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the leading plaintiff medical malpractice attorneys in Delaware.

Mr. Murphy's litigation successes include:

•  A $2.4 million verdict in Caldwell v. White, a medical malpractice case
•  A $2 million verdict in Rowlands v. Lai, a medical malpractice case
•  A$1.5 million verdict in Fletcher v. Ratcliffe, an auto accident case
•  A confidential settlement in Rowlands v. PHICO, an insurance bad faith case
•  A confidential settlement of an insurance bad faith claim against Harleysville Insurance Company

In addition, Mr. Murphy has obtained confidential settlements in numerous other medical malpractice, nursing home, and personal injury actions, including claims for paralysis, spinal cord injury, severe brain injuries, wrongful death, severe facial and skull injuries, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), the loss of senses of taste and smell, and vocal cord injuries.


Since 2007, Mr. Murphy has served as General Counsel to Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility, Inc. (“SEU”), a non-profit corporation created by Delaware law.  The SEU operates renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Delaware, and manages the Solar Renewable Energy Credit Auction in Delaware.


Mr. Murphy has served as counsel to both the Delaware State Senate and House of Representatives, and is closely familiar with the legislative process. He has helped to draft a wide array of legislation.  And Mr. Murphy successfully defended the State Senate in a redistricting and Voting Rights Act case that was litigated simultaneously in the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Superior Court.


For more than fifteen years, Mr. Murphy represented the Staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission in various proceedings, including water and wastewater utility regulation, rate proceedings, and natural gas utility regulation, among others.  Mr. Murphy also helped to draft state regulations in several areas of utility regulation.  Presently, Mr. Murphy represents a number of corporate clients in proceedings before the Commission.


Mr. Murphy is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association and has served on the Executive Committee since 2017.  Presently he is the Treasurer.  He is a member of the Bar Association’s Sections on Multicultural Judges & Lawyers, Litigation, E-Discovery & Technology, and Small Firms and Solo Practice.  In the course of his career, he traveled to Moscow as the State Bar’s delegate to the “Moscow Conference,” the first joint conference between Soviet and American jurists.  He served as an expert witness on Delaware law in a suit in the Queen’s Bench Division of England’s High Court of Justice.

Mr. Murphy is a member of the American Bar Association.  He is active in the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Legislation Committee.  Mr. Murphy is also a member of the American Association for Justice, where he is active in the Medical Malpractice Section.

Mr. Murphy was born in Delaware and received his Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from the University of Delaware.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law. Before entering private practice, Mr. Murphy served a clerkship in the Delaware Superior Court.

Mr. Murphy is a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a student of Grand Master Thomas Welsh.  Mr. Murphy is working toward a black belt in Tang Soo Do.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Delaware, 1979
  • Supreme Court of Delaware, 1977


  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1974

Representative Cases

  • Johnson v. Preferred Professional Insurance Company, et al., Delaware Superior Court, 91 A.3d 944 (2014)(Denying motions to dismiss action for fraud on court in context of Medical Malpractice Action)
  • Solway v. Kent Diagnostic Radiology Associates, P.A., et al., Delaware Superior Court (Punitive damage claims in Medical Malpractice Action may proceed to trial)
  • Turner v. Delaware Surgical Group, P.A., et al., Delaware Supreme Court, 67 A.2d 426 (2013)(New trial granted in medical malpractice action due to trial court errors)
  • Tenneco, Automotive, Inc. v. El Paso Corporation, et al., Delaware Court of Chancery, 2007 Del. Ch. Lexis 4 (summary judgment opinion in corporate insurance dispute)
  • Virtual Business Enterprises, LLC et al. v. Maryland Casualty Company, Delaware Superior Court, 2010 Lexis 141 (summary judgment opinion in corporate insurance dispute)
  • Reybold Group et al. v Public Service Commission of the State of Delaware, Delaware Superior Court, 2007 Del. Super. Lexis, 210 (2007) (upholding Public Service Commission decision)


  • Frequent lecturer on bad faith and insurance law litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers' Association
  • American Association for Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • Judicial Clerkship in the Delaware Superior Court

Francis J. Murphy


Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Phone: 302-472-8100 | 866-939-8100
Fax: (302) 472-8135
Email: Email Me