Dennis E. Murray, Sr., is a senior lawyer and officer in the Sandusky, Ohio, law firm of Murray & Murray. Murray & Murray is a plaintiffs' trial firm which has, for more than 85 years, focused on complex litigation; litigation related to automobiles, airplanes and boats; toxic torts; securities/stocks matters; insurance related issues; and for wrongful death and injury cases. Murray & Murray is comprised of 13 lawyers, 8 of whom are members of the Murray family; and, as such, it is believed to be one of the largest and oldest law firms of family origin.
Dennis E. Murray, Sr., is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the College of the Holy Cross. Mr. Murray is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Murray has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the State of Ohio and in federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Murray has had multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts for trials involving bad faith insurance company misconduct, tortious interference with contractual rights, negligent training and negligent discharge of firearms; and for automobile, motorcycle and nursing home liability. Mr. Murray has been lead counsel in multi-million dollar resolutions of litigation concerning security litigation, leveraged buyouts, insurance litigation and motor vehicles. He has litigated numerous class actions in the areas of employment discrimination, securities, toxic tort, and commercial litigation in state and federal courts for more than 50 years. Some examples of his class action cases are: Warner, et al. v. Waste Management, Inc., et al., 36 Ohio St. 3d 91 (1988) (environmental); Bettis v. Ruetgers-Nease, No. 4:90-CV-0502 (N.D. Ohio 1990) (environmental contamination); Miner, et al. v. Figgie, et al., No. 93-CV-001575, C.A. No. 94-L-069 (Lake Cty., Ohio 1993) (derivative stockholder litigation); McConocha v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio, No. 3:93-CV-7534 (N.D. Ohio 1993) (consumer insurance); Shaver v. Standard Oil Co., 89 Ohio App. 3d 52 (Huron Cty., Ohio 1993) (consumer; antitrust); Everett v. Verizon Wireless, et al., No. 3:00-CV-7763 (N.D. Ohio 2000) (consumer); Toledo Blade Pension Plan v. Investment Performance Services, No. 3:04-CV-7123 (N.D. Ohio 2004) (breach of contract/ERISA); Miller, et al. v. Volkswagen of America, 2004-CV-558 (Erie Cty., Ohio 2004) (consumer/automobile protection); and Kreidler v. Western Southern Ins. Co., No. 95-CV-157 (Erie Cty., Ohio 1995) (insurance fraud).
Mr. Murray is a member of the State Bar of Ohio, and an inactive member of the bars of Michigan, and Florida and is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a past president of the Erie County Bar Association; he served five years as a Bar Examiner appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court and on the Ohio Supreme Court's Committee for the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
Mr. Murray has lectured at seminars in various parts of the State of Ohio concerning class action maintenance as to motor vehicles; security litigation, toxic torts and insurance company duties. Mr. Murray's name appears as lead counsel in numerous cases decided by the Ohio Supreme Court in the last 35 years, including the issues of class certification for many issues including toxic torts; jury trial entitlement; insurance company duties to insureds and to injured parties; duties owing to minority shareholders; exclusivity of "fair cash value" in squeeze out mergers; whistle blower protection; labor organization liability for tortious misconduct; punitive damage standards and many other extremely significant legal issues.
Dennis E. Murray, Sr. and his wife Peggy were both born and raised in the Sandusky, Ohio area and have been married for more than 54 years. Peggy and Dennis have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. Four of their five children are lawyers and members of Murray & Murray.
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