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William McMurry
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Biography

WILLIAM F. MCMURRY specializes in medical and legal malpractice matters, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith litigation. He served four years as President of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), the only organization to be accredited by the ABA to certify specialists in legal and medical malpractice.

Recently, Mr. McMurry received a $2.5 million verdict against the Imperial Klans of America on behalf of a young Native American boy, severely beaten by members of the Klan's world headquarters, located in Kentucky. In this case Mr. McMurry, served as co-counsel with Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLCenter.org). Mr. McMurry is the only lawyer to co-counsel with Morris Dees and be asked to conduct the direct exam of the plaintiff, present the damages proof and conduct the closing argument.

He has also recently obtained a $2.9 million verdict on behalf of a small town attorney who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident; and a medical malpractice jury verdict of $2.1 million arising out of the failure to diagnose and treat a stroke patient. Mr. McMurry recently settled the only nationwide class action ever certified by a Circuit Court in Kentucky for an estimated value of $16 million. The class action involved 15,000 elderly class members who fell victim to lawyers involved in a living trust and life insurance scam.

Mr. McMurry has devoted much of the past ten years to victims of the Roman Catholic Church childhood sexual abuse scandal. He represented 213 victims who filed complaints against the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky and was named lead counsel for the settlement class of 243 victims who settled their claims in June 2003, for $25.7 million. That settlement was then the largest payout to victims consisting exclusively of the assets of a diocese or archdiocese. In 2004, McMurry sued the Vatican in a nationwide class action, in an attempt to hold the Vatican accountable for the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy. From this case McMurry's appellate work led to the only ruling of its kind in the US; that the Vatican can be held accountable under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act for the failure of US Bishops to report known or suspected child sexual abuse to police authorities.

Mr. McMurry is recognized in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the fields of legal and medical malpractice and has been awarded the "AV" rating by that organization. Mr. McMurry is also Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1979
  • Florida, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2003

Education

  • Louisville Bar Association (LBA), Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association (KBA), Member
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Member
  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), Member
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA), Member
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA), Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), Member
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Kentucky Justice Association (KJA), Member

Practice Areas

  • Legal Malpractice 50%
  • Automobile Accidents 20%
  • Medical Malpractice 20%
  • Personal Injury 10%

Honors

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law, Bancroft-Whitney Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co, 1997
  • Inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame for Exemplary Leadership in Civil Rights by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, 2014
  • Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Florida Bar Association, 2014

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer: "Medical Malpractice"
  • Lecturer: "Medical Negligence in the Treatment of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning", American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys Annual Meeting
  • Lecturer: "Practical Legal Ethics in Kentucky"
  • Lecturer: "Ethics Considerations For Eminent Domain and Land Use Practitioners"
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