Robert Murphy has been an active volunteer with Legal Aid for the past 18 years, during which he has handled 38 pro bono cases. He primarily assists victims of consumer fraud and predatory lending practices, helping clients to assert their consumer rights. In one recent case, a client took out a home repair loan for $11,500, but the lender tried to collect $20,000 from her, falsely claiming that she agreed to pay that amount. Murphy helped the client settle the case, discharge the debt, and receive credit amelioration and settlement funds. Ultimately, his work protects consumers and enables clients to restore financial stability for themselves and their families.
Mr. Murphy has been practicing law since 1987. He currently is in private practice in Fort Lauderdale and focuses on consumer class action litigation. Since 2009, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law teaching consumer law to second- and third-year students. He is a past chair of the Consumer Protection Law Committee of The Florida Bar and was a Board Member, Secretary and Florida State Chairperson for the National Association of Consumer Advocates. In 2016, the Florida Bar honored him with the “Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award.”
Murphy also has spoken at seminars and conferences hosted by a variety of state and national organizations, including The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the National Consumer Law Center, the National Association of Legal Aid and Public Defenders, the ABA and the United States Military Judge Advocate Corps, and several colleges and law schools.
He attended the U.S. Military Academy and received his B.A. cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1984 and his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1987. He is admitted to practice in Florida and Georgia as well as various US District Courts through the country. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel in over 225 certified class actions.