KERRIE M. MURPHY

Partner – West Des Moines

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BIOGRAPHY

Kerrie M. Murphy is an experienced trial attorney. She represents and defends corporate clients on a wide range of complex matters including labor and employment, products liability, auto accidents, premises liability, worker’s compensation and financial services litigation.

Over the past twenty-five years, Ms. Murphy has represented corporate clients in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative agencies. Ms. Murphy has brought numerous matters to successful completion through summary judgment.  She has successfully tried numerous cases before juries as well as to the bench. Ms. Murphy has defended appeals to the Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Court of Appeals, and Eighth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

Ms. Murphy also has significant experience handling matters through alternative dispute resolution, including binding arbitrations, court sponsored settlement conferences and private mediations.  She is adept at reviewing medical records, completing written discovery, and conducting fact witness and expert witness depositions. Ms. Murphy has significant experience working with expert witnesses, such as physicians, accident reconstruction engineers and economists.

Ms. Murphy has litigated cases of all sizes under a variety of employment laws, including Title VII, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, ADEA and their state law equivalents. Her experience includes defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims asserting violations based on various protected categories, including, but not limited to, sex, race, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, national origin and veteran status. She has also defended litigation involving state law claims of wrongful termination, wage payment violations, assault, defamation, and interference with business relationships.  Ms. Murphy is also experienced in representing employers faced with workers’ compensation litigation.

Ms. Murphy’s employment practice includes conducting internal investigations for clients, as well as preparation of responses to complaints filed at the local, state, and/or federal commission levels. She also conducts training and seminar presentations for clients on various employment related issues.

Ms. Murphy advises clients on a variety of human resource matters to prevent claims, including the review of employee handbooks, advice on policy changes, and management of employee issues that arise on a daily basis.

Ms. Murphy frequently advises companies on ways to avoid litigation and mitigate risk. One of the traits that clients most appreciate about Ms. Murphy is her willingness and ability to quickly gather all relevant information and provide an early and accurate assessment of the matter under review. Ms. Murphy focuses on identifying and executing on effective legal strategies aimed at achieving the results that best support the business goals identified by her clients.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  1. MWH Law Group LLP, Managing Partner, March 2016-Present
  2. Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Equity Partner, September 1998- February 2016

CONTACT

1501 42nd St., Suite 465, West Des Moines, IA 50266
P: (515) 453-8509  /  F: (515) 267-1408

PRACTICE AREAS

  1. Labor & Employment
  2. Litigation
  3. Products Liability
  4. Premises Liability
  5. Financial Services
  6. Insurance Defense
  7. Workers’ Compensation

EDUCATION

  1. Drake University Law School, J.D.
  2. University of Iowa, B.A., Psychology

ADMISSIONS

  1. Iowa
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  3. U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  1. Iowa State Bar Association
  2. Polk County Bar Association
  3. Polk County Women Attorneys Association
  4. Defense Research Institute
  5. Iowa Defense Counsel Association
Kerrie-Murphy_750x750_B
BIOGRAPHY

Kerrie M. Murphy is an experienced trial attorney. She represents and defends corporate clients on a wide range of complex matters including labor and employment, products liability, auto accidents, premises liability, worker’s compensation and financial services litigation.

Over the past twenty-five years, Ms. Murphy has represented corporate clients in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative agencies. Ms. Murphy has brought numerous matters to successful completion through summary judgment.  She has successfully tried numerous cases before juries as well as to the bench. Ms. Murphy has defended appeals to the Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Court of Appeals, and Eighth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

Ms. Murphy also has significant experience handling matters through alternative dispute resolution, including binding arbitrations, court sponsored settlement conferences and private mediations.  She is adept at reviewing medical records, completing written discovery, and conducting fact witness and expert witness depositions. Ms. Murphy has significant experience working with expert witnesses, such as physicians, accident reconstruction engineers and economists.

Ms. Murphy has litigated cases of all sizes under a variety of employment laws, including Title VII, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, ADEA and their state law equivalents. Her experience includes defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims asserting violations based on various protected categories, including, but not limited to, sex, race, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, national origin and veteran status. She has also defended litigation involving state law claims of wrongful termination, wage payment violations, assault, defamation, and interference with business relationships.  Ms. Murphy is also experienced in representing employers faced with workers’ compensation litigation.

Ms. Murphy’s employment practice includes conducting internal investigations for clients, as well as preparation of responses to complaints filed at the local, state, and/or federal commission levels. She also conducts training and seminar presentations for clients on various employment related issues.

Ms. Murphy advises clients on a variety of human resource matters to prevent claims, including the review of employee handbooks, advice on policy changes, and management of employee issues that arise on a daily basis.

Ms. Murphy frequently advises companies on ways to avoid litigation and mitigate risk. One of the traits that clients most appreciate about Ms. Murphy is her willingness and ability to quickly gather all relevant information and provide an early and accurate assessment of the matter under review. Ms. Murphy focuses on identifying and executing on effective legal strategies aimed at achieving the results that best support the business goals identified by her clients.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  1. MWH Law Group LLP, Managing Partner, March 2016-Present
  2. Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Equity Partner, September 1998- February 2016

PRACTICE AREAS

  1. Labor & Employment
  2. Litigation
  3. Products Liability
  4. Premises Liability
  5. Financial Services
  6. Insurance Defense
  7. Workers’ Compensation

EDUCATION

  1. Drake University Law School, J.D.
  2. University of Iowa, B.A., Psychology

ADMISSIONS

  1. Iowa
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  3. U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  1. Iowa State Bar Association
  2. Polk County Bar Association
  3. Polk County Women Attorneys Association
  4. Defense Research Institute
  5. Iowa Defense Counsel Association

CONTACT

1501 42nd St., Suite 465, West Des Moines, IA 50266
P: (515) 453-8509
F: (515) 267-1408

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