Richard B. Murphy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Murphy Cordier PLC
 | 2025 N. 3rd Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-274-9000
Fax: 602-795-5896
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (30%),
  • Real Estate: Business (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Surety (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Richard B. Murphy is an attorney and the managing partner of Murphy Cordier PLC, a construction, real estate and business law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Murphy’s practice primarily focuses on construction, real estate, surety and business litigation matters. He also handles a wide range of commercial litigation cases. His clients come from throughout Arizona and include contractors, developers, owners, specialty contractors, suppliers and others in the construction and development industries.

    In addition to his extensive experience as a litigator, Mr. Murphy serves as a private arbitrator and mediator in commercial litigation matters and regularly defends licensed contractors in hearings before the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. Recognized for his accomplishments in the legal profession, he is an AV Preeminent* peer review-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and a fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

    Active in the community, Mr. Murphy is involved with the Arizona Builders Alliance and the Knights of Columbus. He is a former chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s construction law section,  past president of the St. Francis Xavier School Board, chair of the St. Francis Pastoral Council, and serves on the St. Francis and Xavier Colleg Prepartory capital campaing committees. He lectures on a variety of legal topics, including alternative discovery methods, Arizona lien laws, contractor license bonds, contractor licensing laws and additional construction litigation topics.

    Mr. Murphy earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Arizona and received his law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. He obtained his license to practice law in Arizona in 1993 and is qualified to appear before all Arizona state courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 30%Construction Litigation: Business
    • 30%Real Estate: Business
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Surety
    Focus Areas

    Construction Defects, Non-Compete Agreements, Contracts


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    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021

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    About Richard Murphy

    Admitted: 1993, Arizona

    Professional Webpage:


    • Martindale AV© Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of Arizona, Member – Construction Law Section (Chair, 2000-2001)
    • Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1993

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • St. Francis Capital Campaign Committee, 2017
    • Xavier College Preparatory Capital Campaign Committee, 2019
    • St. Francis Xavier Parish Pastoral Council (Chair 2019 - 2021), 2017
    • Knights of Columbus
    • Arizona Builders Alliance
    • School Advisory Board, St. Francis Xavier Elementary School (President 2012 - 2014)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lien Laws in Arizona
    • Various Construction Litigation Topics 
    • Contractor License Bonds
    • Payment and Performance Bonds
    • Contractor Licensing Laws
    • Alternative Delivery Methods

    Educational Background:

    • Loyola University New Orleans Masters of Pastoral Studies (anticipated graduation date: 2021), 2018
    • University of Arizona Bachelor of Science, Political Science, 1989

    Industry Groups

    • Business
    • Construction
    • Real Estate Development
    • Surety
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    Office Location for Richard B. Murphy

    2025 N. 3rd Street, Suite 200
    Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Phone: 602-274-9000

    Fax: 602-795-5896

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    Last Updated: 4/9/2021

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