Hon. Mary Murphy

Dallas, Texas

Married more than 31 years to Gregory Huffman (Of Counsel to Thompson & Knight LLP)
Two sons, Ted (Associate, 2014-January, 2018, Munck Wilson Mandala LLP) (currently Law Clerk for The Honorable Barbara Lynn, Chief Judge, Northern District of Texas); Mark (3L, Wake Forest Law School, graduation 2018; accepted employment with Walters Balido & Crain in Dallas).

Education  + -

  • The University of Texas at Dallas
    B.A. (English)   1979
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law
    J.D.   1983
  • Texas Center for the Judiciary College for Judicial Studies
    Certification: Civil   2007
  • Texas Center for the Judiciary College for Judicial Studies
    Certification: Appellate   2011
  • Licensed in Colorado and Texas

Experience  + -

  • SMU Dedman School of Law; Trial Advocacy
    Adjunct Professor   2004-2012 : varied semesters
  • SMU Dedman School of Law; Pre-Trial & Appellate Procedure
    Guest Lecturer   2004-2012 : varied semesters
  • Rochelle Hutcheson & Murphy LLP
    Partner, business litigation   1998-2000
  • Civil Court Dallas County, Texas
    Civil Court Master   1997
  • Jenkens & Gilchrist PC; Shareholder, Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections
    Chair   1986-1997
  • Jenkens & Gilchrist PC; Shareholder, Business Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections
    Employment Committee   1995-1996
  • Gorsuch Kirgis; Denver, CO
    Associate, business litigation   1983-1986
  • Fifth District Court of Appeals (Dallas)
    Senior (Retired) Justice   2009-June 7, 2013
  • First Administrative Judicial Region of Texas (appointment by Governor Perry)
    Presiding Judge   2013
  • 14th Judicial District Court (Dallas-Civil)
    Judge   2001-2008

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • The Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families
    Appointed; Commissioner   2014-2018
  • Master Emeritus, The Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
    President   2007-2009
  • American Bar, Texas Bar, Dallas Bar, and DAYL Foundations
    Fellow   2009
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
    Chair   2009
  • Site Based Decision Making Committee, Cesar Chavez Elementary School
    Member   2013-2017

Honors & Awards  + -

  • L.A. Bedford Distinguished Jurist Award, J.L. Turner Legal Association
    2015
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, SMU Dedman School of Law Women in Law
    2015
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, SMU Dedman School of Law
    2014
  • Dallas County Commissioners Court Resolution
    2013
  • State Bar of Texas Presidential Commendations
    2011 & 2007
  • Judge of the Year Award, American Board of Trial Advocates Dallas Chapter
    2006
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, The University of Texas at Dallas
    2006

Speaking / Authoring / Seminars  + -

Speaker and author, more than 200 presentations
(including the Texas Center for the Judiciary, ABA, ALI, State Bar of Texas, local bar associations and civic and community groups)