Kenneth A. Murphy



Kenneth Murphy is an adept trial attorney distinguished for his skillful handling of complex civil litigation. With over 30 years of experience, Ken is known for his defense of pharmaceutical companies in product liability and tort claims, including unfair trade practice and off-label promotion claims. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).

Civil Litigation

With a deep understanding of civil litigation, Ken defends his clients’ interests from deposition strategy to jury selection and trial theme development. He has litigated and tried to verdict cases involving claims of professional malpractice, breach of contract, defamation, wrongful termination, premises liability, sexual harassment and tortious interference with contract.

Product Liability & Mass Torts

Ken has particular experience defending complex pharmaceutical actions in state, federal and appellate courts. He defends clients in personal injury litigation related to prescription drugs and medical products and against allegations of fraud and off-label promotion of prescription antipsychotic medicines.

In 2016, Ken was awarded the J. Austin Norris Award by the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia for distinguished service to the legal profession and the community at large.

Representative Experience

  • Served as defense liaison counsel in personal injury litigation regarding prescription and nonprescription antipsychotic medicine, anticonvulsant medicine and pelvic mesh products in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas' Mass Tort Program.
  • First chaired two attorney general-initiated cases alleging fraud and off-label promotion of prescription antipsychotic medicines.

Personal Interests 

  • College basketball


Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


Duke University School of Law
J.D. (1989)

Duke University
B.A. (1986)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia — President, 2003
  • Philadelphia Bar Association — Judicial Selection and Retention Commission
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association — Zone Delegate

Civic Activities

  • After-School All-Stars (ASAS) — Board Member
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) — Former Commissioner
  • Presbytery of Philadelphia — Former Trustee


  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Chambers USA Nationwide, Product Liability & Mass Torts, 2019-21
  • National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division (WLD) - Philadelphia Chapter — “2019 Renaissance Man Award”
  • Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia — J. Austin Norris Award, 2016
  • Benchmark Litigation — “Litigation Star,” 2015-17
  • Best Lawyers® — Product Liability Litigation — Defendants, 2020-22 (Lawyer of the Year,  2020)

Awards Methodology

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