Partner Ken Murphy has been named to the 2018 Minority Business Leaders list by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The list honors the Philadelphia region’s top minority leaders who have demonstrated business success and active civic involvement such as community leadership and philanthropy.
Ken has more than 25 years of experience defending product liability and other tort claims, including unfair trade practice and off-label promotion claims, on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and other commercial entities. An experienced trial lawyer, he has litigated and tried to verdict cases involving claims of professional malpractice, breach of contract, defamation, wrongful termination, premises liability, sexual harassment and tortious interference with contract, in federal and state courts.
Ken is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and in 2016, was awarded the J. Austin Norris Award by the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia for distinguished service to the legal profession and the community at large.
Since 2003 he has been a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention, which is the entity responsible for investigating and vetting candidates who seek judicial office in Philadelphia County (Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court).
Between 2013 and 2017, Ken served as a Commissioner of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). Former Mayor Michael Nutter appointed him to the Board of Commissioners, as the local Housing Authority emerged from receivership under the federal parent organization, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). In this role, Ken was part of a new leadership team at PHA, charged with correcting many of the past practices that led to the federal oversight.
The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Ken and other honorees at a cocktail reception on August 16.