Kerry Murphy is a co-founder of Lasky Murphy LLC and was selected for inclusion in the Louisiana Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list in Business Litigation in 2014 through 2019. Kerry’s practice focuses on commercial and business litigation as well as employment matters. On the business litigation side of her practice, Kerry has experience representing clients in contract disputes, breach of fiduciary claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, director and officer liability suits, claims involving fraud and unfair business practices, and bankruptcy-related litigation. She has handled cases in federal and state courts in Louisiana as well as other parts of the country. Her experience spans all aspects of litigation, from initial case analysis to written discovery, depositions, motions, trial, and appeal.
On the employment side of her practice, Kerry advises individuals who are negotiating employment contracts and non-competition agreements and employees facing possible termination from their jobs. She represents clients in cases involving unpaid wages and unpaid overtime as well as employment discrimination and retaliation. She represents workers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and litigates on their behalf in a wide range of employment matters. She recently served as lead trial counsel in a federal case involving claims of pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination, and wrongful eviction.
Kerry has been actively engaged in pro bono work throughout her career and has been recognized by the Louisiana State Bar Association and New Orleans Pro Bono Project for that work. Most recently, she has represented six local children in immigration proceedings to obtain legal status to remain in the United States permanently, after they traveled alone from Honduras to escape the threat of violence. Kerry is also a longtime volunteer with the Louisiana Bar Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations that deliver direct legal services to low-income individuals across the state. She currently serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and has served on the Foundation’s Grants Committee and chaired the Greater New Orleans Community Partnership Panel, which works to identify new areas of need for funding and respond to arising community needs.
Prior to forming Lasky Murphy, Kerry worked at some of the area’s premier law firms and as a judicial law clerk. As an attorney at Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison, she handled a wide variety of commercial cases and assisted clients with business and transactional matters. Prior to joining Jones Swanson, Kerry served as a law clerk to the Honorable Susie Morgan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. After law school, Kerry worked in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis where her practice focused on commercial litigation.
- University of Wisconsin Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007, Wisconsin Law Review, Senior Note & Comment Editor, 2006-07
- Villanova University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2004
HONORS & APPOINTMENTS
- Selected for inclusion in the Louisiana Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list in Business Litigation, 2014-2019.
- Member of Board of Directors, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2017-present.
- Chair of the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Greater New Orleans Community Partnership Panel, 2013-2016, member of the panel, 2010-present.
- Member of the Louisiana Appleseed Gala Committee, 2017.
- Received the Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Century Award, 2010.
- Recognized as a 100+ Hour Volunteer, New Orleans Pro Bono Project, 2009.
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- “Professionalism and #MeToo: The Times They Are A Changin’,” Louisiana State Bar Association’s Ethics and Professionalism Watch Your Ps and Qs Seminar, December 2018 and LJC/LSBA Joint Summer School June 2019.
- “Professionalism: Design Think
ing for Lawyers in Practice and Life,” New Orleans Bar Association’s 11th Hour Ethics and Professionalism Series, December 2018.
- “Professionalism: Issues & Duties When Lawyers Leave a Firm,” New Orleans Bar Association’s Procrastinators’ Program, December 2017.
- “Recent Developments in Louisiana Ethics,” Louisiana State Bar Association Trial Practice Seminar, December 2017.
- “Proving Lost Profits for a New Business,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee Spring Journal, May 2017.
- “Ethics in Class Actions,” Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Program, December 2010.
- “Ethics and the Attorney-Client Privilege: Where Are We Heading?” Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Program, December 2008.
- Madison’s Minimum-Wage Ordinance, Section 104.001, and the Future of Home Rule in Wisconsin, 2007 Wis. L. Rev. 151.
- “Integrated Education & Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland.” Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review, 2004.
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- New Orleans Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Association for Women Attorneys
- Louisiana Bar Foundation
- National Employment Lawyers Association
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