Martin J. Murray

Managing Partner

 

Mr. Murray is a trial attorney with 30 years experience conducting negotiations, jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and appeals, where he has obtained favorable verdicts for individuals as well as corporations. In addition to being admitted in Texas, Connecticut, and New York, at both the federal and state level, Mr. Murray has also appeared on behalf of clients in the courts of Oregon, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Nevada, and Mississippi, and before FINRA and the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

 

Some of his more recent verdicts/decisions include:*

  • Representing a national franchisor in a four-day arbitration in Austin, Texas before the American Arbitration Association, and obtaining an injunction against a former franchisee who was unlawfully competing. The case, captioned My Goodness! Games, Inc.,  v. Loren Andrew Willcock, AAA case No. 01-16-0004-8766, upheld the validity of the franchisor's two-year noncompete and enjoined the respondent from operating within a 50-mile radius of its former territories. The Firm was also awarded the entirety of its attorneys fees;   
     

  • Arguing and winning an appeal before the New York 2nd Department Appellate Division, overturning a $1.2 million judgment entered
    against his client. Retained post-judgment to prosecute
    he appeal, Mr. Murray succeeded in overturning a
    judgment in a court where on average, less than 10%
    of judgments get overturned.  The decision is PAL
    Environmental Services, Inc. v. LJC Dismantling Corp
    .,
    New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division,
    Second Judicial Department, Index
    # 2015-11743, __AD3d ___

     

  • Obtaining a dismissal of a $5.2 million claim against its clients on the grounds of forum non conveniens published in the New York Law Journal. The decision is  
    Celtixconnect v. Sea Fibre, New York Supreme Court, Index #653340/2014 - July 19, 2016);

     

  • Reducing on appeal a $1.6 million trial verdict by nearly $400,000. the decision is Richmor Aviation v. Sportsflight, New York Third Department  Appellate Division, Index # 50973582,  A.D. 3d 1423, 3d Dept, 2011.

  • Obtaining a $1.7 million verdict on behalf of a real estate development company in a jury trial inquest for accounting malpractice;

  • Procuring enforcement of a subpoena via Section 1782 proceedings against a U.S. corporation arising out of litigations in the Netherlands and Germany;
     

  • Defending corporation and its executive officers in a Title VII sexual harrassment litigation;
     

  • Obtaining a federal court dismissal on forum non conveniens in an action against British litigants;
     

  • Defeating a motion for a TRO alleging theft of trade secrets and obtaining a complete dismissal of the underlying litigation;
     

  • Obtaining a dismissal after an NASD evidentiary hearing on a $500,000 breach of fiduciary duty claim brought against a broker-dealer;
     

  • Obtaining a complete defense verdict in a bench trial on behalf of an international manufacturer against claims for $450,000 in past commissions;
     

  • Obtaining a summary judgment dismissal on a $3 million claim against IT service providers for theft of proprietary computer code and breach of restrictive covenants;
     

  • Obtaining a dismissal of a multi-million dollar legal malpractice action arising from an FDIC receivership claim against a partner in a major international law firm;
     

  • Obtaining a $1.05 million verdict on behalf of a commodities trader after a three-day jury trial on fraud claims in connection with a limited partnership investment;
     

  • Obtaining a dismissal of a class action complaint under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act against a national mortgage broker;
     

  • Obtaining the vacatur of a two-year old, $200,000 default judgment against a European client in New York Federal Court;
     

  • Prevailing on a motion before the Workers' Compensation Board to assert exclusive jurisdiction over $65 million personal injury action in state court brought against company whose employee who lost both legs in a landmine explosion in Somalia.

 
Court Admissions
  • US Supreme Court, 1999

  • US Court of Appeals, 2d Cir. 1995

  • US District Court Connecticut, 1991

  • US District Court, SDNY, 1989

  • US District Court, EDNY, 1989

  • US District Court, NDNY, 2006

  • US District Court, WDNY, 2010

  • US District Court, WDTX, 2012

  • New York Supreme Court, 1988

  • Texas Supreme Court, 2011

  • Connecticut Superior Court, 2017

 
Education

University of Michigan Law School
Juris Doctor 1988

 
Reported Decisions
PAL Environmental Services, Inc. v. LJC Dismantling Corp., New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, Index # 2015-11743, __A.D. 3d ___

Richmor Aviation, Inc. v. Sportsflight Air, Inc.
82 A.D. 3d 1423, 3d Dept, 2011

Sasqua Group, Inc. v. Courtney
Slip Copy, 2010 WL 3613855, E.D.N.Y., August 2, 2010 (No. CV 10-528 ADS AKT)

ICG America, Inc. v. Wine of the Month Club, Inc.
Slip Copy, 2009 WL 2843261, D. Conn., August 28, 2009 (No. 3:09-CV-133 (PCD))

Business Management Intern., Inc. v. Labyrinth Business Solutions, LLC,
S.D.N.Y.,2009, No. 05 Civ. 6738 (MHD), March 24, 2009. Slip Copy, 2009 WL 790048 (S.D.N.Y.)

von Kuersteiner v. Schrader,
N.Y.L.J., October 29, 2008, at 30 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. October 14, 2008)

Kussman v. GiveAnything.com, Inc.,
N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2006, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York. 33 A.D.3d 1004, 822 N.Y.S.2d 733, 2006 N.Y. Slip Op. 07883.

Nazarro v. Balber,
N.Y.L.J., September 21, 2005, at 22 (S.D.N.Y. September 16, 2005)

Telephone Systems Intern., Inc. v. Network Telecom Plc,
S.D.N.Y. 2003, 303 F.Supp.2d 377.

Schondorf v. Brookville Energy Partners,
N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2003, 303 A.D.2d 396, 755 N.Y.S.2d 876, 2003 N.Y. Slip Op. 11712


 

*Past results should not be construed as an indication of future results.

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