William F. McMurry

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Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Louisville, KY

William F. McMurry
 | 624 West Main St, Suite 600
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-326-9000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (60%)

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The principal attorney at William F. McMurry & Associates, William F. McMurray is a widely respected civil litigation attorney. William McMurry is the only attorney in Kentucky who  is certified as a "specialist" in Medical Malpractice and Legal Malpractice.  This level of expertise increases the clients monetary recovery. Attorney McMurry served four years as the National President of the American Board of Professional Libility Attorneys (ABPLA.ORG). From his office in Louisville, Kentucky, he focuses his practice primarily on plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death cases, representing clients throughout the state who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. Mr. McMurry places a particular emphasis on medical malpractice, and he has been certified as a specialist in that area of the law by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, the only organization that has been accredited by the American Bar Association to do so. He also has experience in legal malpractice, and the ABPLA has certified him as a specialist in that field as well. Mr. McMurry has been certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and he has been certified as a specialist in civil trial law by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education of The Florida Bar.

Mr. McMurry has lectured extensively on topics related to his practice areas, and he has received accolades from his fellow attorneys for his track record and high degree of professionalism. Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, he holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. His successful results have included a $2.25 million verdict in a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit and a $2.05 million settlement in a case involving a defective medical device.

Mr. McMurry received his Juris Doctor from what was then known as the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980. He spent more than two years as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney before entering private practice. Admitted to practice in Kentucky and Florida, he is also admitted to practice before several federal courts, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 11th Circuits.

*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 in Medical Malpractice and Legal Malpractice and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (40%): Medical Malpractice

Professional Liability (60%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board Certified

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About William McMurry

Admitted: 1979, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: https://courtroomlaw.com/attorneys/william-f-mcmurry/

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 10% in the USA – Recognizing Excellence in Medical Malpractice Law, 2018, Lawyers of Distinction
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Kentucky, 2007-2018, designated by The American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • Peer-selected for Kentucky Super Lawyers, designation of the top five percent of lawyers in Kentucky, 2007-2018
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2001-2018 designated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law, Bancroft-Whitney Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., 1977
  • 2014 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Florida Bar Association
  • Inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame for Exemplary Leadership in Civil Rights by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, October 16, 2014

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1991, recertified 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016
  • Board Certified as a Civil “Pre-Trial” Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2012 - 2014
  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1993, recertified 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013
  • Board Certified as a Legal Malpractice Trial Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 1994, recertified 2000, 2006, 2011, 2016
  • Board Certified as a Medical Malpractice Trial Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 1994, recertified 1999, 2006, 2011, 2016
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1993-2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  •  Electronic Medical Records:  Proving the Medical Malpractice Case, presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Chicago, IL, May 3, 2018, 2018
  •  Legal and Ethical Considerations in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases – Automobile crash trauma, presented by Neurosurgery/Pain Management, Louisville, KY, May 25, 2018., 2018
  •  Legal Malpractice:  The Case within the Case, presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), Miami, Florida May 1, 2014., 2014
  •  Legal Ethics:  Ethical Dilemmas of Multiple Client Representation, co-presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), Miami, Florida May 3, 2014., 2014
  •  Legal Liability and Ethical Dilemmas:  The Case within the Case, presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), New Orleans, LA, April 27, 2013.  , 2013
  •  Masters in Trial, presented by the Foundation for the American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA) and the Nashville Bar Association, April 27, 2012.  Performed the Direct Examination of the Plaintiff’s expert witness and the Closing Argument for the Plaintiff’s case.  Mock jury verdict/deliberations in favor of Plaintiff for combined compensatory and punitive damages of $6.6 million.  , 2012
  • Legal Liability and Ethical Dilemmas:  The Case within the Case, presented to the Annual Convention of the California Bar, Monterey, California, October 13, 2012.  , 2012
  •  “Opening Statements in Legal Malpractice,” American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, San Diego, CA May 11, 2011.  , 2011
  • Rethinking the Value of Emotions:  A Trial Lawyer’s Quest for Better Decision-making,” Tennessee Trial Lawyers, Chattanooga, TN – June 16, 2011., 2011
  •  The Exercise of a Lawyer’s Professional Judgment (The Judgmental Immunity Defense), an adaptation of How We Decide, by author Jonah Lehrer, State Bar of California Annual Convention, Long Beach, California, October 11, 2011.  , 2011
  •  “Using the New Science of Decision-Making:  The Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Better Decisions,” Louisiana Trial Lawyers, Carmel, CA – June 27, 2010., 2010
  •  “Fight Hate Now More Than Ever,” an in-depth review of William F. McMurry’s work with co-counsel Morris Dees in the case of Gruver vs Imperial Klans of America, presented at the Annual Convention of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, February 20th, 2009., 2009
  •  “Legal Malpractice:  When Medical Malpractice is the Case within the Case,” American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA - June 8, 2009.  , 2009
  •  “Legal Malpractice Disasters Stemming from the Handling and Litigation of Mass Tort Cases,” American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 7, 2008.  , 2008
  • “Legal Malpractice: When Society Loses Trust in Authority,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 6, 2007., 2007
  • “Fresh Approaches to Medical Malpractice: Liability when Treatment Policies Conflict with Hospital Advertising,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 4, 2006.                                                            , 2006
  • “Fresh Approaches to Medical Malpractice: Liability when Treatment Policies Conflict with Hospital Advertising,” Advanced Litigation Symposium, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 30, 2006., 2006
  • “Litigating Beyond Borders: Justice in a Global Society,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen Colorado, January 5, 2005., 2005
  • “Holding the Vatican Accountable for Its Worldwide Problem of Childhood Sexual Abuse,” Center for International Legal Institute,                                                            , 2004
  • “News Media Relations and Case Management in High Profile Cases,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 2004.  , 2004
  • “Keeping Your Clients Informed through the Web,” Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys Annual Convention, Louisville, Kentucky, September 9, 2004.  , 2004
  • CILS Conference on Negligence and Damages in the International Setting, Salzburg, Austria, September 24, 2004., 2004
  • “Crime and Punishment in the Free Market Economy,” Moscow Social and Psychological Institute of the Moscow State Sociological University, Moscow, Russia, December 9, 2004.  , 2004
  •  “Overcoming the Statute of Limitations in Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 2003.  , 2003
  • “Ethical Issues Surrounding Use of Courtroom Technology,” Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Louisville, Kentucky, March 2003.  , 2003
  •  “Legal Ethics in Kentucky,” Lorman Education Services, Louisville,                                              Kentucky, May 2003., 2003
  • “Medical Malpractice in Kentucky,” National Business Institute, Louisville, Kentucky, December 2003.  , 2003
  • “Jury Bias in the 21st Century,” Chairperson, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Louisville, Kentucky, May 2002. , 2002
  • “Solutions to the Most Common Ethical Challenges,” Eminent Domain Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2002, 2002
  • “Practical Legal Ethics in Kentucky: Issues and Answers,” National Business Institute, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2001., 2001
  •  “Medical Professional Liability, Failure to Properly Treat Carbon Monoxide Exposure,” American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Annual CLE Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2000, 2000
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Member
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), Member
  • Kentucky Justice Association (KJA), Member
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Louisville Bar Association (LBA), Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association (KBA), Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), Member
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA), Member
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1983
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1985
  • United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1979
  • Florida, 1981
  • Kentucky, 1979
  • Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Board Member, 2004-2007
  • Trial Practice Editor, The Advocate, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2005
  • Bylaws Committee Chair, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 2018
  • Board of Governors, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 2006-2018
  • Chairman of the Legal Malpractice Credentialing Committee, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 2008-2018
  • President, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, June 2010 – 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • International Academy of Integrative Psychology, Board Member, January 2005
  • Paul L. Adams Center for Psychoanalytic Education, Founding Board Member, Sept 2003

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Masters in Trial, presented by the Foundation for the American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA) and the Nashville Bar Association, April 27, 2012. Performed the Direct Examination of the Plaintiff’s expert witness and the Closing Argument for the Plaintiff’s case. Mock jury verdict/deliberations in favor of Plaintiff for combined compensatory and punitive damages of $6.6million
  • The Exercise of a Lawyer’s Professional Judgment (The Judgmental Immunity Defense), an adaptation of How We Decide, by author Jonah Lehrer, State Bar of California Annual Convention, Long Beach, California, October 11, 2011.
  • “Rethinking the Value of Emotions: A Trial Lawyer’s Quest for Better Decision-making,” Tennessee Trial Lawyers, Chattanooga,TN – June 16, 2011
  • Legal Liability and Ethical Dilemmas: The Case within the Case, presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), New Orleans, LA, April 27, 2013.
  • “Opening Statements in Legal Malpractice,” American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, San Diego, CA May 11, 2011.
  • “Using the New Science of Decision-Making: The Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Better Decisions,” Louisiana Trial Lawyers, Carmel, CA–June 27, 2010
  • “Fight Hate Now More Than Ever,” an in-depth review of William F. McMurry’s work with co-counsel Morris Dees in the case of Gruver vs. Imperial Klans of America, presented at the Annual Convention of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, February 20th, 2009
  • Legal Malpractice: The Case within the Case, presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), Miami, Florida May 1, 2014
  • Legal Liability and Ethical Dilemmas: The Case within the Case, presented to the Annual Convention of the California Bar, Monterey, California, October 13, 2012.
  • “Winning During Difficult Times,” The Advocate, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Vol. 32, No. 4, July/August 2005
  • “Litigating UIM Cases After Earle v. Cobb,” The Advocate, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Vol. 32, No. 6, November/December 2005
  • “Trying the Automobile Accident Case in Kentucky (The Plaintiff’s Perspective),” National Business Institute, Louisville, Kentucky, February 1994
  • “Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Kentucky (The Plaintiff’s Perspective),” National Business Institute, Louisville, Kentucky, March 1995
  • “Medical Malpractice, The Plaintiff’s Perspective,” National Business Institute, September 1996
  • “Medical Professional Liability, Failure to Properly Treat Carbon Monoxide Exposure,” American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Annual CLE Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October2000
  • “Practical Legal Ethics in Kentucky: Issues and Answers,” National Business Institute, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2001
  • “Jury Bias in the 21st Century,” Chairperson, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Louisville, Kentucky, May 2002
  • “Solutions to the Most Common Ethical Challenges,” Eminent Domain Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2002
  • “Overcoming the Statute of Limitations in Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 2003
  • “Ethical Issues Surrounding Use of Courtroom Technology,” Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Louisville, Kentucky, March 2003
  • “Legal Ethics in Kentucky,” Lorman Education Services, Louisville, Kentucky, May 2003
  • “Medical Malpractice in Kentucky,” National Business Institute, Louisville, Kentucky, December 2003
  • “News Media Relations and Case Management in High Profile Cases,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 2004
  • “Keeping Your Clients Informed through the Web,” Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys Annual Convention, Louisville, Kentucky, September 9, 2004
  • “Holding the Vatican Accountable for Its Worldwide Problem of Childhood Sexual Abuse,” Center for International Legal Institute, CILS Conference on Negligence and Damages in the International Setting, Salzburg, Austria, September 24, 2004
  • “Crime and Punishment in the Free Market Economy,” Moscow Social and Psychological Institute of the Moscow State Sociological University, Moscow, Russia, December 9, 2004
  • “Litigating Beyond Borders: Justice in a Global Society,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen Colorado, January 5, 2005
  • “Fresh Approaches to Medical Malpractice: Liability when Treatment Policies Conflict with Hospital Advertising,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 4, 2006
  • “Fresh Approaches to Medical Malpractice: Liability when Treatment Policies Conflict with Hospital Advertising,” Advanced Litigation Symposium, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 30, 2006 
  • “Legal Malpractice: When Society Loses Trust in Authority,” National Civil Litigation Conference, Law Education Institute, Aspen, Colorado, January 6, 2007
  • “Legal Malpractice Disasters Stemming from the Handling and Litigation of Mass Tort Cases,” American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 7, 2008
  • “Legal Malpractice: When Medical Malpractice is the Case within the Case,” American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA - June 8, 2009
  • Legal Ethics: Ethical Dilemmas of Multiple Client Representation, co-presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), Miami, Florida May 3,2014.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  •   2018 $500,000  Settlement of lawsuit against Jefferson County Schools for a sexual assault committed on a school bus., 2018
  •   2017  $1.5 Million Settlement Arising out of a highspeed police chase resulting in a crash and the deaths of four innocent children., 2017
  •  2011    $2.05 Million Medical Malpractice/Products Liability Settlement Arising out of an injury caused by an allegedly defective medical device product., 2011
  •   2011 [Confidential Settlement Amount – after fourth day of trial ]  Legal Malpractice settlement arising out of large regional law firm’s failure to properly meet pleading deadlines resulting in client’s loss of commissions from a lucrative business-finding agreement.  Loss of claimed commissions totaled $93 million.   , 2011
  •  2010 $2.250 Million Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death Arising out of the death of a thirty-three year old woman hospitalized for constipation., 2010
  • 2008 $1.4 Million Products Liability Settlement Arising out of house fire related death caused by a consumer product defect in a cordless phone., 2008
  •   2008 $2.5 Million Verdict against the Leader of the Imperial Klans of America and other Klan Members William F. McMurry served as co-counsel with Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center in representing a 16-year old Native American who was beaten by a group of Klan members engaged in recruitment activities at the Meade County Fair in Brandenburg, Kentucky.                                                             , 2008
  • 2007 $3 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement Arising out of failure to diagnose kidney cancer. Case was settled during jury deliberations., 2007
  •   2007      $950,000 Legal Malpractice Settlement Arising out of negligent handling of Client’s medical malpractice claim.  Case was settled during trial., 2007
  • 2006  $1.5 Million Sexual Abuse Settlement Arising out of sexual and physical abuse of 45 children, now adults, at an orphanage between the late 1940’s through 1984. Only settlement arising out of sexual abuse perpetrated by nuns at an orphanage in the United States.  , 2006
  • 2006 $2.1 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict Arising out of the failure to diagnose and treat a stroke patient., 2006
  •   2006 $16 Million Legal Malpractice/Living Trust Scam Settlement Arising out of a nationwide scam where over 15,000 elderly class members fell victim to lawyers involved in a living trust and life insurance scam. This is the only nationwide class action ever certified by a Circuit Court in Kentucky.  , 2006
  • 2005 $450,000 Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings/Malicious Prosecution Verdict Arising out of the filing and prosecution of a frivolous medical malpractice suit against an orthopedic surgeon. Largest such verdict in Kentucky., 2005
  •  2005 $2.9 Million Automobile Accident Verdict Arising out of the “mild” traumatic brain injury suffered by a lawyer in a rear-end collision. Insurance company for lawyer refused to pay UIM claim and argued he was malingering. Largest “mild” traumatic brain injury verdict in Kentucky., 2005
  • 25.7 Million Class Action Settlement in Lawsuit arising out of priest sexual abuse of children. , 2003
  • 2000 $1.5 Million Insurance Bad Faith Settlement Arising out of automobile insurance carrier’s violation of the Kentucky Unfair Claims Practice Act., 2000
  • 1999  $2.35 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict Arising out of emergency room physician’s failure to properly treat carbon monoxide poisoning., 1999

Educational Background:

  • University of Kentucky, B.G.S. with high distinction, 1976

Industry Groups

  • American Board Of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA.ORG)
Office Location for William F. McMurry

624 West Main St
Suite 600
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-326-9000

 

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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