Marc S. Murphy

Marc Murphy has been a courtroom attorney for his entire career, prosecuting and defending in the most challenging, high-profile and complex commercial and white collar criminal cases in Kentucky and Indiana.

As Chair of Stites' White Collar Practice Group and a Member of the firm's Class Action Practice Group, Mr. Murphy's practice consists of representing individuals and corporations in complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal matters, such as antitrust, environmental crimes, healthcare fraud and tax fraud. He defends individuals in high profile general criminal matters and accepts appointments by the courts for indigent representation as a public service. He has substantial experience in federal and administrative litigation and in federal and state grand jury investigations.

Mr. Murphy's success as a trial attorney has been widely-reported. He has tried two murder prosecutions to complete acquittals. He accepts capital crime appointments from the Jefferson County Public Defender. He is a frequent lecturer on crime and justice issues, and is a regular source and analyst for television and print publications.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Breonna Taylor Case Is Formidable Test for an Ascendant Attorney General

by Campbell Robertson and Rick Rojas, The New York Times, September 24, 2020

Pepper fined $100K, placed on probation for five years in money laundering case

by Justin Story, Bowling Green Daily News, July 2, 2020

End of an era: One of Louisville's most renowned law offices is no more

by Andy Wolfson, Courier Journal, August 2, 2019

A New Era of Justice for Businesses, Too?

Breakfast of Champions

featured speaker, November 15, 2016

Louisville Courier Journal's Editorial Cartoonist

Featured on KET Louisville Life, February 2015

Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

White Collar Practice Group, Chair

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
American Health Lawyers Association, Fraud and Abuse practice group, member
Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Masters (2018-19 program year)
Community Involvement

Metro Louisville Legal Aid Campaign, Chairman

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Commission, appointed by the Governor, Chairman

Metro Louisville Library Task Force, appointed by the Mayor

Louisville Neighborhood Institute and Community Design Center Member

Kentucky Youth Association, Member

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Service Award

Nativity Academy, inner-city school serving at-risk youth, Head Basketball Coach

More Than Stites & Harbison

In 1995, Marc was appointed by the Governor of Kentucky as Jefferson County/Louisville's Commonwealth's Attorney, the chief prosecutor and law enforcement officer of the largest city in the state. His service in Latin America and in Europe as a Judge Advocate General trial counsel and Assistant Staff Judge Advocate earned him Meritorious Service Medals. During that time, in addition to trial prosecution, he conducted murder investigations in El Salvador, Panama and Germany. After his Judge Advocate General service, Mr. Murphy was a felony prosecutor in Indiana, and, while in private practice there, served as a Judge Pro-Tem. He has taught criminal law, trial practice and business litigation for Florida State University and the University of Louisville.

Outside the firm, Mr. Murphy is active in numerous community groups. His involvement includes Metro Louisville Legal Aid Campaign, the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Commission, the Metro Louisville Library Task Force, the Louisville Neighborhood Institute and Community Design Center and the Kentucky Youth Association. He is the head basketball coach for Nativity Academy, an inner-city school serving at-risk youth. Marc is an accomplished illustrator and his editorial cartoons are a regular feature of the Louisville Courier-Journal.


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar (2008-22)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year (2018)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2008-20)

Chambers USA "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Litigation: General Commercial (2013, 2014)

Louisville Magazine's"Top Lawyers" for Litigation (2008) and for White Collar Criminal Defense (2013, 2014, 2016)


. . . an incredibly well-prepared and talented commercial litigator.

- Chambers USA

. . . highly recommended . . .

- Chambers USA
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