Amy Murphy is a litigator with an emphasis in complex civil, white collar, and appellate litigation. She has served as counsel in a variety of matters, including cases involving claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, theft of trade secrets, violation of noncompetition clauses, legal malpractice, and civil theft. She represents clients in high stakes business disputes, automotive supply chain litigation, and cases involving allegations of sexual abuse. She has defended clients in investigations by state and federal enforcement agencies.

Amy is a member of the Miller Johnson team that prevailed in a challenge to Michigan’s emergency management acts. Amy presented oral argument before the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of medical providers whose services were prohibited by emergency executive orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court ruled that the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945 was unconstitutional and that the executive orders violated the Emergency Management Act of 1976.

Amy has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including taking and defending depositions, drafting dispositive motions, preparing witnesses for examination, arguing motions, and conducting document collection and review.  She participated on a trial team in a complex, multi-party case in federal court involving allegations of theft, partnership, and breach of contract.

Amy works with clients ranging from public and privately held companies, family-owned businesses, non-profit organizations, national and regional law firms, targets of government investigations, company executives, and private individuals.

Amy practiced in Washington, DC for three years before moving to Grand Rapids.

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Amy is a member of the bars of Michigan and the District of Columbia.  She serves as a chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan. She is also a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the international Women’s White Collar Defense Association. She serves as the Social Media Coordinator of the Michigan Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.

Amy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2013 to 2014 and the Honorable Richard D. Bennett of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from 2012 to 2013.

Amy is admitted to practice in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and D.C. Circuits and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the District of Maryland.

Community Activities

Amy volunteers for the YWCA of West Central Michigan.  She is an avid runner.

Education

Amy is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she earned her law degree with honors in 2012 and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law Review.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.