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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.


  • 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal (2014)
  • Listed as a Connecticut  Super Lawyer®: Employment Litigation: Defense (2015-2017)
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Employment Litigation: Defense (2013-2014), Schools & Education (2010-2012)
  • 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

  • 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.

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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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