John Frank Murphy
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
December 23, 2022
Appointed byJoe Biden
Preceded byLawrence F. Stengel
Personal details
Born1977 (age 46–47)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
EducationCornell University (BS)
California Institute of Technology (MS, PhD)
Harvard University (JD)

John Frank Murphy (born 1977)[1][2] is an American lawyer who is a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education

Murphy earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Cornell University, summa cum laude, in 1999, a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2002 and 2004, and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2007.[3]

Career

From 2008 to 2009, Murphy served as a law clerk for Judge Kimberly A. Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. From 2007 to 2022, he was a partner with the Philadelphia office of BakerHostetler where he focused on intellectual property litigation.[3]

In 2019, Murphy represented a number of plaintiffs suing to block the Pennsylvania Secretary of State's certification of ExpressVote XL electronic voting machines, challenging the security, reliability, and accuracy of the machines.[4][5][6][7]

Since 2014, he has worked as an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers Law School, where he teaches patent litigation.[8][9]

Federal judicial service

On July 12, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Murphy to serve as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Murphy had been recommended by Sentor Patrick Toomey and was nominated as part of a bipartisan package of nominees which included Kelley B. Hodge, Kai Scott, and Mia Roberts Perez.[10] President Biden nominated Murphy to the seat vacated by Judge Lawrence F. Stengel, who retired on August 31, 2018.[11] On September 7, 2022, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[12] On September 28, 2022, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 18–4 vote.[13] On December 7, 2022, the United States Senate confirmed his nomination by a 63–28 vote.[14] He received his judicial commission on December 23, 2022.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Biden nominates five, including former Philly DA, to federal courts in Pa". MSN. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees" (PDF). United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "President Biden Names Twenty-First Round of Judicial Nominees" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: The White House. July 12, 2022. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  4. ^ "Nat'l Election Def. Coal. V. Boockvar, 266 A.3d 76 | Casetext Search + Citator".
  5. ^ "Why Big Law Gets Involved in the Voting Rights and Gerrymandering Fight".
  6. ^ "Prisoner Civil Rights Panel and Plaintiffs' Employment Panel | Eastern District of Pennsylvania | United States District Court".
  7. ^ "Toth v. Chapman, CIVIL 1:22-CV-00208 | Casetext Search + Citator".
  8. ^ "John F. Murphy | Rutgers Law". law.rutgers.edu. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  9. ^ Roebuck, Jeremy. "Biden nominates five, including former Philly DA, to federal courts in Pa". www.inquirer.com. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  10. ^ Vorugant, Harsh (August 4, 2022). "John Frank Murphy – Nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania". vettingroom.org. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  11. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: The White House. July 12, 2022.
  12. ^ "Nominations". Washington, D.C.: United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. August 31, 2022.
  13. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – September 29, 2022" (PDF). United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved September 29, 2022.
  14. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation: John Frank Murphy, of Pennsylvania, to U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania)". United States Senate. December 7, 2022. Retrieved December 7, 2022.
  15. ^ John Frank Murphy at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices Preceded byLawrence F. Stengel Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2022–present Incumbent