Role at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy
Since 1999, Hassan Murphy has been the managing partner of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, providing the strategic vision which powers the firm’s growth. He also remains an active attorney and negotiator, directly overseeing Murphy, Falcon & Murphy’s largest and most complex cases. He has served as lead and co-lead counsel in cases which resulted in settlements in excess of $300 million, including negotiating a $54 million settlement for an environmental torts case without ever filing suit. In a wide variety of complex litigation situations, Mr. Murphy demonstrates that he is a consummate businessman. He’s been described as an “architect of the deal,” “a visionary,” and an “unbelievable negotiator.” His passion for navigating complex commercial cases is matched by a genuine enthusiasm for the courtroom.
A trial lawyer at heart, Mr. Murphy maintains an active role in the courtroom representing Murphy, Falcon & Murphy’s wide-range of clients, from corporate to consumer. The man himself puts it best: “To make the point without understanding how it fits within the overall scheme of success is what 95% of the world’s lawyers do. To make the point in a way that fits into your strategy, that’s an art form.”
“I’ll never forget sitting at my kitchen table, reading an article in the Washington Post about this small community that was forced to live off of bottled water,” says Mr. Murphy about one of his proudest victories – a case against Constellation Power Source Generation in 2008. After learning of the issues with fly ash contamination that residents of Gambrills, Maryland were facing, Mr. Murphy was determined to help. With his encouragement and representation, community members filed a class action suit against the energy company that had contaminated their wells and won a $54 million settlement.
As the son and grandson of prominent judges in Baltimore, it was natural that Mr. Murphy would also pursue the law, but he came to his chosen profession the same way he has led the rest of his life: on his own terms. Mr. Murphy is a natural entrepreneur born to a successful businessman. His great-great-grandfather founded the nation’s first African American newspaper in Baltimore and his father is a legend among litigators, but it was his grandfather, Judge William H. Murphy, who first inspired him to become an attorney. Growing up in Baltimore, Mr. Murphy would watch his grandfather preside. He characterizes Judge Murphy as an exceptionally kind person who treated all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their background. The values of humility, self-determination and perseverance that Mr. Murphy’s grandfather instilled in him have served him well in life, both in court and in the community. After graduating from law school, Mr. Murphy became an attorney for Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt, and Mosle – a New York-based law firm and one of the oldest in the country – focusing on international transactions. Mr. Murphy’s business acumen served him well in this work as he oversaw corporate mergers and acquisitions, finance, and bankruptcy. “I thrived on the excitement of making major deals around the world,” said Mr. Murphy. As an attorney at Curtis Mallet from 1994 to 1997, Mr. Murphy represented such clients as a $4.7 billion takeover target, a major corporation during a $65 million asset sale, and another during a $500 million asset securitization. Mr. Murphy was on a path to becoming a major player in the world of international corporate law when his father asked him to join forces and represent Don King, the boxing promoter, in a case of international wire fraud. It was this hard-won victory that laid the foundation for the remarkable success of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. “It just got better and better and better.”
In 2011, Mr. Murphy was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders by The Daily Record. He was also recognized as National Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in 2002.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1990, Mr. Murphy earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994.
Mr. Murphy is married with two sons and lives in Washington, DC.
As the coach for his sons’ sports teams, Mr. Murphy believes “baseball is the greatest game for young boys. It teaches everything.” After his eldest son recognized the discrepancies between their experiences with the local league and those of disadvantaged children, they set out to make a difference by teaming up to support the Batter Up Foundation. The team make a formidable trio – donating time, attracting funding, and raising awareness for the foundation, whose mission is to use baseball to support the personal growth, character development, and college attendance rate of inner city youth.
Awards and Recognitions
- Leadership in Law award winner, The Daily Record, 2013
- Practitioner of the Year, University of Maryland School of Law Black Law Students Association, 2013
- Top 100 Black Lawyers in America, On Being a Black Lawyer, 2012
- Top Attorney in Maryland, Baltimore Magazine Super Lawyers, 2011, 2012
- Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders, The Daily Record, 2011
- Largest Minority-Owned Business, Baltimore Business Journal, 2011
- H&R Block Appreciation Award, 2007
- Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2002
- Board Member, Monumental City Bar Foundation, 2006-present
- Board of Visitors University of Maryland School of Law, 2006-present
- Board Member, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, 2005-present
- Board of Directors, Batter Up Foundation, 2009-present
- Board Member, Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, 2010-present
- Washington Baseball Academy, Volunteer, 2012-present
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated