KERRIE M. MURPHY

Managing Partner – West Des Moines & Milwaukee

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CONTACT

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

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BIOGRAPHY

I am a member of the firm’s litigation and employment practice groups. I specialize in defending corporate clients on a wide range of complex matters.

I take a proactive approach to litigation. I am persistent and tenacious. I think outside the box and don’t stop until I find solutions for my clients. I understand the importance of actively working my cases from the onset of assignment. This practice allows me to make recommendations to clients early in a case ensuring the right litigation strategy is developed to provide the best outcome possible.

Over the past 29 years, I have represented corporate clients in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative agencies. I routinely bring matters to successful completion through summary judgment. I have successfully tried numerous cases before juries as well as the bench. I have defended appeals to the Iowa Supreme Court, the Iowa Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

I also have significant experience handling matters through alternative dispute resolution, including binding arbitrations, court sponsored settlement conferences, and private mediations. I frequently advise companies on ways to avoid litigation and mitigate risk. One of the traits that clients most appreciate about me is my willingness and ability to quickly gather all relevant information and provide an early and accurate assessment of the matter under review. I focus on identifying and executing effective legal strategies aimed at achieving the results that best support each client’s goals.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  1. MWH Law Group LLP, Managing Partner, March 2016 – Present
  2. Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Equity Partner, September 1998 – February 2016
  3. City Attorney’s Office, City of Des Moines, 1995 – 1998
  4. City Attorney’s Office, City of Sioux City, 1991 – 1995
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  1. Iowa State Bar Association
  2. Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  3. Wisconsin State Bar Association
  4. Defense Research Institute
  5. Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  6. National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)

PRACTICE AREAS

  1. Employment Litigation
  2. General Civil Litigation
    1. Auto/Truck Litigation
    2. Business Litigation
    3. Commercial Litigation
    4. Financial Services
    5. Premises Liability
    6. Products Liability

EDUCATION

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

ADMISSIONS

  1. Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa
  2. Admitted to practice in all state courts in Wisconsin
  3. Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

License Date: 6/14/1991

HONORS

  1. 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment
  2. 2019-2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers® for Litigation
  3. Martindale-Hubbell® – Distinguished Peer Review rating
Peer Rated Distinguished
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CONTACT

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

Connect on LinkedIn

Download PDF

BIOGRAPHY

I am a member of the firm’s litigation and employment practice groups. I specialize in defending corporate clients on a wide range of complex matters.

I take a proactive approach to litigation. I am persistent and tenacious. I think outside the box and don’t stop until I find solutions for my clients. I understand the importance of actively working my cases from the onset of assignment. This practice allows me to make recommendations to clients early in a case ensuring the right litigation strategy is developed to provide the best outcome possible.

Over the past 29 years, I have represented corporate clients in state and federal courts as well as before various administrative agencies. I routinely bring matters to successful completion through summary judgment. I have successfully tried numerous cases before juries as well as the bench. I have defended appeals to the Iowa Supreme Court, the Iowa Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

I also have significant experience handling matters through alternative dispute resolution, including binding arbitrations, court sponsored settlement conferences, and private mediations. I frequently advise companies on ways to avoid litigation and mitigate risk. One of the traits that clients most appreciate about me is my willingness and ability to quickly gather all relevant information and provide an early and accurate assessment of the matter under review. I focus on identifying and executing effective legal strategies aimed at achieving the results that best support each client’s goals.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  1. MWH Law Group LLP, Managing Partner, March 2016 – Present
  2. Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, Equity Partner, September 1998 – February 2016
  3. City Attorney’s Office, City of Des Moines, 1995 – 1998
  4. City Attorney’s Office, City of Sioux City, 1991 – 1995
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  1. Iowa State Bar Association
  2. Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  3. Wisconsin State Bar Association
  4. Defense Research Institute
  5. Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  6. National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)

PRACTICE AREAS

  1. Employment Litigation
  2. General Civil Litigation
    1. Auto/Truck Litigation
    2. Business Litigation
    3. Commercial Litigation
    4. Financial Services
    5. Premises Liability
    6. Products Liability

EDUCATION

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

ADMISSIONS

  1. Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa
  2. Admitted to practice in all state courts in Wisconsin
  3. Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

License Date: 6/14/1991

HONORS

  1. Great Plains Super Lawyers® for Litigation
  2. Martindale-Hubbell® – Distinguished Peer Review rating
Peer Rated Distinguished
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