Michael (Mike) Murphy

Cape Girardeau Office Managing Partner
P 573.334.5722 | F 573.334.5489


As a trial lawyer, Mike Murphy defends corporations and individuals in complex civil litigation. And in selected commercial cases, Mike helps the firm’s corporate clients enforce their rights as plaintiffs, both in and out of court.

Over the past 25 years, Mike’s trial practice includes the defense of product liability, toxic tort, medical negligence, and other actions involving alleged serious personal injuries in various venues across the country. Mike also prosecutes and defends complicated commercial cases.

In addition to his active litigation practice, Mike leverages his experience as an in-house attorney and as a partner at a large international law firm to counsel corporate clients and other professionals on how to avoid litigation.



  • University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, 1991 (J.D.)
  • University of Missouri – Columbia, 1987 (B.S.)

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1999
  • Colorado, 1994
  • Missouri, 1991

  • American Quarter Horse Association, Board of Directors
  • Missouri Quarter Horse Association, Former President
  • St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Board of Elders
  • Saxony Lutheran High School, Board of Regents

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2023-2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer Review
  • American Bar Foundation, Elected Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Elected Fellow
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Board Service Award, 2014
  • Missouri Bar Association, W. Oliver Rasch Award, Outstanding Journal of the Missouri Bar Article, 1996, 2009
  • Missouri Bar Foundation, Purcell Professionalism Award, 2020

  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar
  • Texas Bar
  • Supreme Court, State of Colorado
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute

  • “What Civil Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute, May 13, 2016
  • “As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation,” National Business Institute, May 16, 2014
  • “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Advocates,” Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Annual Meeting, October 25, 2013
  • “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Advocates,” MoBar Precedent, Fall 2012
  • “What Civil Judges Want You to Know,” National Business Institute, May 11, 2012
  • “Expert Challenges After McDonagh: A Practical Approach, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Quarterly, September 2009
  • “Expert Challenges in Missouri Civil Cases After McDonagh,” Journal of the Missouri Bar, March 2008
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Quarterly Interview Column