Michael D. Murphy

Michael D. Murphy


Mr. Murphy who joined the firm in 2012 is a member of Sheehy, Ware and Pappas, PC’s marine and energy, LHWCA/DBA and insurance litigation sections. He has over 30 years’ first chair experience in State and Federal courts, Federal Courts of Appeals and Administrative courts administering LHWCA/DBA matters.

Mr. Murphy’s career began in 1984 with a boutique admiralty firm in Houston, Texas. He was recruited to join the national firm Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP where he practiced in the firm’s admiralty section. His practice post Fulbright expanded to include oil and gas matters arising aboard MODUs and offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Murphy continues to handle matters arising under the General Maritime Law, the Jones Act, OCSLA, and the LHWCA.

In May of 2018, after 30 years of  defending various matters,  Mr. Murphy completed the 40 hour mediation course at  the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center.  He is a now a member of the TMCA, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association and is expanding his practice to include mediations.

Mr. Murphy regularly represents:

  • Domestic and foreign insurance companies and their assureds in third-party litigation
  • Offshore companies in matters arising on mobile offshore drilling units and stationary platforms
  • Employers and insurers under the LHWCA and its extensions, the Defense Base Act(DBA) and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act(OCSLA)

Community Activities

  • Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church – Jr. and Sr. high Sunday school teacher and confirmation class leader; men’s bible study and member of Palmer church choir.
  • SFL – youth football little league assistant coach and team trainer.
  • Houston Bar Association “Night Court” production – participated in this key fundraiser for the HBA.
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston – member of the chorus for multiple shows at the Wortham Theater.


  • University of Houston Law Center, (J.D., 1984)
  • Texas A&M University, (B.S., 1981)

Legal Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Washington (inactive)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Houston Mariners’ Club
  • The Longshore Claims Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Houston Bar Association ADR Section
  • Texas State Bar ADR Section
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association – Candidate for Credentialed Mediator

Honors and Awards

Marindale – Hubbell Peer Review AV (preeminent rating) for 20+ years


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • All Courts in the State of Texas