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Springfield, IL



  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2004
  • Western Illinois University, B.A. in Communication, magna cum laude, 2001


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the
    • Central District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Michael P. Murphy focuses his practice in the area of environmental law, including litigating enforcement matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, assisting clients with environmental compliance questions involving federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, and assisting clients in permitting, rule-making, and regulatory relief. He also has experience in the defense of a wide variety of cases, including those involving:

  • premises liability
  • automobile accidents
  • school bus accidents
  • construction injuries
  • contract disputes
  • insurance coverage
  • wrongful death
  • products liability
  • property damage

Mr. Murphy spent his first five years with HeplerBroom in its Edwardsville, Illinois, office, practicing in Madison and St. Clair Counties, as well as in counties throughout Southern Illinois. In 2009, he joined the firm’s Central Illinois office in Springfield.

He has acted as lead counsel and as part of the trial team in jury and non-jury trials. He has prevailed on motions for summary judgment in both federal and state courts. Mr. Murphy has argued and prevailed in appeals in both the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Appellate Court for the Third District. He has also prepared briefs in several appeals in the Illinois appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Illinois that resulted in decisions in favor of the firm’s clients.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court
  • Sangamon County Bar Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer (2015-2020)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers (2021)
    • Rising Star (2011-2019)
  • Named one of 2015 “40 Business Leaders Under Forty” by the Springfield Business Journal.

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Valedictorian
  • Award for Academic Excellence
  • Southern Illinois University Law Journal member
  • Judicial Clerkship Extern, United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Honorable Michael M. Mihm

Published Legal Writing

  • “Environmental Justice Becomes Part of Federal Climate Change Policies,” HeplerBroom Blog (February 23, 2021). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “PFAS on Illinois EPA’s and U.S. EPA’s Radar,” HeplerBroom Blog (February 16, 2021). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “What Do Recent Environmental Enforcement Decisions Mean for Your Company?” The Illinois Manufacturer (Fourth Quarter 2019). (Co-author with HeplerBroom partners Jennifer Martin and Alec Messina) (This article can be read here.)
  • “Midwest Generation Seeks Reconsideration of Pollution Control Board Ruling Constricting Effective Period of Groundwater Management Zones to Duration of Active Remedial Work,” HeplerBroom Blog (October 15, 2019). (This blog post can be read here.)
  • “New USEPA Clean Water Act Guidance on Groundwater Previews Supreme Court Position and Applies in Illinois, Missouri, and 34 Other States,” HeplerBroom Blog (April 22, 2019). (This blog post can be read here.)

A complete list of Published Legal Writing is available here.

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Latest Developments on Environmental Justice,” Chemical Industry Council of Illinois’ January Enforcement Seminar (virtual) (2021). (Co-presenter)
  • “Environmental Enforcement: Avoid if Possible, Navigate if Necessary,” Environmental Basics Conference sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Springfield IL, 2019). (Co-presenter)
  • “Illinois’ Time-Limited Water Quality Standards,” HalfMoon Education Inc., Illinois Water Laws and Regulations Seminar (Naperville IL, 2019).
  • “The Long Lost Public Notice Requirement: Illinois’ Settlements Entail NPDES Permit Enforcement Actions,” Illinois State Bar Association’s 18th Annual Environmental Law Conference (Chicago, 2019).
  • “Public Notice for NPDES Settlements in Illinois,” Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group, Water Basics seminar (Springfield IL, 2017).
  • “Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases: Impaired Earning Capacity (from the defense perspective),” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminar (January 31, 2014).

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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