Denise I. Murphy

Denise I. Murphy: Attorney with Rubin and Rudman LLP AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


•Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group
•Counsels regional and national businesses on a broad variety of employment law-related issues, ranging from individual terminations to mass reductions in force.
•Drafts a multitude of employment contracts, severance agreements, handbooks, and policy statements, and conducts numerous discrimination investigations and employee training seminars.
•Litigates sexual harassment claims, and cases involving claims of racial, gender, age, disability, and national origin discrimination, in both the federal and state courts locally and nationwide.
•Appears before administrative bodies such as the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and other state agencies across the country.
•Lectures at seminars sponsored by the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the National Business Institute, and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education series.
•Active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, its Employment Law section, and the Women’s Bar Association.


Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Honored as one of the 2015 “Top Women of Law” (Oct. 2015)
The Boston Globe, Boston's Top Rated Lawyers (2012)
•Massachusetts Bar Association, Centennial Award (2011)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Boston Magazine, Top 50 Women Attorneys (2008 to present)
SuperLawyers (2008 to present)
•Massachusetts Employment Law Defense Blog of Denise I. Murphy

Selected Publications

•Author, Client Advisory, Massachusetts Legislature Passes Major Non-Compete Law, August, 2018
•Quoted, Weinstein Scandal Seen as Impacting Law Firm Culture, Mass Lawyers Weekly (12.11.17)
•Quoted in Johnson Makes Rare Speech as Fidelity Deals With Harassment, (10.24.17)
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Injunction Update, a Rubin and Rudman LLP client update by Denise I. Murphy (Nov. 23, 2016)
New DOL Rules Significantly Increase Employers’ Overtime Obligations, a Rubin and Rudman LLP client update by Denise I. Murphy (May 27, 2016)

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(617) 330-7123  Phone
(617) 330-7550  Fax
University Attended:
University of Massachusetts, B.A., 1980
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., Editor, Suffolk University Law Review, Staff Writer, Suffolk University Law Review, 1988
Year of First Admission:
Massachusetts; United States District Court (District of Massachusetts)

Professional and Community Involvements

•Co-Chair, Board of Bar Overseers Bar counsel Search Committee
•Member, SJC Judicial Task Force on Attorney Wellness
•Massachusetts Bar Association
•Vice President, 2017-2018
•Officer and Secretary, 2016-2017
•Member, Executive Management Board
•Past Chair and current Member, Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments
•Past Chair, and current Member of Labor and Employment Section
•Member, Budget and Finance Committee, Policies and Procedures Committee
•September 11th Committee, Conversations on Law and Liberty Program
•House of Delegates Regional Delegate
•Task Force on the Court System's Anniversary Fee Assessment
•MBA Social Networking Task Force
•MBA Task Force on Employment Opportunities

•Past member, Town of Westwood, Finance and Warrant Commission: Chair of Educational Subcommittee; Member: Municipal Subcommittee
•Past member, Board of Editors, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
•Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Executive Board
•Women's Bar Association
•Mentoring Circle Leader
•Past Co-Chair, Judicial Appointments, Applications, and Endorsement Committee

•Massachusetts Bar Foundation
•IOLTA Grant Review Committee

•Regional Committee
•Past member: Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group Ethics Committee
•Group leader: Christmas in the City

Birth Information:
Boston, Massachusetts, 1958

Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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