Stephen M. Murphy is a Shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix. He focuses his practice in the area of business litigation, with a particular emphasis in insurance law (coverage and bad faith) and professional liability. Steve’s practice encompasses trial and appellate work in State and Federal jurisdictions. He is a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice and Complex Litigation Team, Insurance Coverage Team, and Professional Liability Team. He represents a diverse clientele, including large businesses, professionals, and individuals.
Prior to law school, Steve was an insurance agent for several years, which provides him with a unique perspective for handling coverage matters, bad faith claims, and when defending insurance brokers or agents. Steve’s prior experience as an agent allows him to efficiently and effectively lead our team of attorneys who defend insurance agents and brokers. He also leads the defense of design professionals.
Steve has handled all phases of litigation, from claim investigation, commencing litigation, discovery, motions for summary judgment, mediation, trial and appeals. He has also successfully resolved cases through arbitration. Steve frequently authors articles for various publications on a wide range of topics, which keeps him abreast of new developments in the law.
Steve values efficiency. To increase value to his clients, he successfully pursued certification by the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance as a Litigation Management Professional.
Steve is the proud father of a young daughter. When he is not spending time with his daughter and wife or practicing law, Steve can be found exhibiting Angus cattle at state and national shows.
Steve earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2004 and was a member of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. While a member of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Steve served on the Board of Editors and co-authored, Survey of Illinois Law: Civil Procedure, with a practicing attorney.
He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995.
Howard v. Eaton Corp., 16-0055, 2016 WL 6651592 (W. Va. Nov. 10, 2016): affirmance of summary judgment for a manufacturer, in a suit alleging that the manufacturer’s product was inherently dangerous, and that the manufacturer breached an implied warranty and a duty to warn.
Stoddard Equip. Co., Inc. v. American Safety Indem. Co., et al., 6:13-cv-03271-JFM, 2013 WL 6255387 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 4, 2013): dismissal of insured’s declaratory judgment action seeking a defense and indemnity under a commercial general liability policy.
Co-author, “Expanded Duties: What an Insurance Professional Should Know Before Making Promises,” Insurance Journal (November 19, 2018)
Co-author, “Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability in Missouri – It’s Not Just for Bodily Injury Claims Anymore,” CLM Magazine (November 2017)
“Additional Things to Know About Being an Insured Under Another’s Liability Policy,” IDC Quarterly, Volume 27, Number 2, ISSN-1094-9542 (Second Quarter 2017)
“Limited Liability Partnerships” – Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2013 Limited Liability Companies and S Corporations Practice Handbook, Chapter 11. (2013)
“When Is Exhaustion of Policy Limits Not Really Exhaustion? The Cautionary Tale of Schmitz,” Insurance E-News (Dec 2011)
“An Insurer’s Second Bite at the Apple: Challenging Coverage Despite a Failure to Reserve Rights,” Insurance E-News (Feb 2010)
Survey of Illinois Law: Civil Procedure, 28 S.Ill.U.L.J. 683 (2004).
Panel Presenter, “Insurance Law Seminar,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (May 2018)
“Insurance Coverage Institute: Springfield,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (April 2018)
“Proving and Defending Claims,” National Business Institute’s Insurer, Adjuster, Agent and Broker Liability: A-Z Seminar (May 2016)
Stephen M. Murphy joined Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard in 2004. He focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation and insurance law (primarily coverage and bad faith). Steve has handled all phases of litigation, from claim investigation, commencing litigation, discovery, motions for summary judgment, mediation and trial. He has also successfully resolved cases through arbitration. Steve routinely authors featured articles for the firm’s Insurance Coverage Team’s E-Newsletter and is responsible for authoring the E-Newsletter’s Missouri Case Spotlight for each edition, which keeps him abreast of new developments in Missouri insurance law. He represents a diverse clientele, including large businesses, professionals, and individuals.