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Partner - Peter J. Murphy

Peter J. Murphy


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Peter Murphy represents public and private sector employers in a broad array of cases, with a focus on cases involving claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, first amendment retaliation, and other labor and employment disputes. Peter has successfully represented clients before state and federal courts, including the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court, as well as before administrative agencies such as the State Department of Education, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition, Peter advises employers on issues such as employee discipline, disability accommodations, and internal investigations, and provides training and seminar presentations on those issues.

Peter served as an adjunct professor for the first year Moot Court class at the University of Connecticut School of Law for several years, and was appointed to the Criminal Justice Act panel for the United States District Court in Connecticut. Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., of the Connecticut Supreme Court, and to the Honorable Christopher F. Droney of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.


  • Listed as a Connecticut  Super Lawyer®: Employment Litigation: Defense (2015-2018)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Employment Litigation: Defense (2013-2014), Schools & Education (2010-2012)
  • ABA Litigation Section Litigation News, Contributing Editor
  • 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal (2014)
  • O'Connell, Flaherty & Attmore Scholar; First Year Honors Program
  • Sarah N. Cohen and Elizabeth S. Bossler Scholarship
  • Class of 1970 Scholar
  • Connecticut Law Review, Articles Editor

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section; Litigation Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Labor & Employment Law Section; Young Lawyers Section, Co-Chair, Federal Practice Committee (2008-2009) and Co-Chair, Education Law Committee (2010-2012)
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Human Resources Association of Central Connecticut
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation, Board Member
  • Key Human Services, Inc., Board Member
  • Hartford Hospital Young Leaders Advisory Council, Executive Committee Member
  • Emanuel Lutheran Church (Hartford, CT), Council Member
  • West Hartford Youth Hockey, Coach

Defended Against Constitutional Claims

Successfully defended a local board of education before both the trial court and the Connecticut Supreme Court in a challenge brought by parents against the board's use of drug-detecting dogs in the public schools.

Obtained Summary Judgment

Prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in an age discrimination case brought by a former employee against a hospital.


November 9, 2018  CLE Event: Professional Ethics for In-House Counsel
October 25, 2018  CLE Event: 2018 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 22, 2018  Overcoming Barriers in Employment: Legal Update CHRO Reimagined
August 9, 2018  August 9, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
June 7, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Employees Absent from Work: Navigating Overlapping and Conflicting Leave Laws
May 4, 2018  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2018 Public Sector Legal Update
December 5, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Conducting Effective Employee Investigations
November 2, 2017  CLE Event: 2017 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
March 16, 2017  Connecticut Bar Association: Annual Advanced Employment Law Symposium
February 23, 2017  February 23, 2017 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
October 27, 2016  2016 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 7, 2016  New Themes in ADA Compliance
November 18, 2015   Webinar: ADA Accommodation Litigation: Employee Requests for Telecommuting, Reassignment, Predictable Shifts and More
October 29, 2015  October 29, 2015 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
October 23, 2015  2015 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
April 9, 2015  April 9 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
March 23, 2015  Diversity Week 2015: University of Connecticut School of Law
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
October 31, 2014  2014 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 9, 2014  October 9 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
December 9, 2013  CBA: CHRO 101 - From Complaint to Public Hearing

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2003, with honors
  • Fairfield University, B.A., 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of MA

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