Jessica E. Murphy

Jessie is an experienced civil litigator concentrating on commercial disputes and construction issues.  She counsels and represents a variety of local and national companies, including manufacturing companies, construction companies, banking and financial institutions, and professional service firms.  She regularly appears in court handling all aspects of cases, from filing new actions, seeking prejudgment security, motion practice, trial and judgment recovery.  She critically evaluates the issues at hand and seeks practical solutions that are in the best interest of her clients.  Jessie is an aggressive advocate for her clients in and out of the courtroom.

She handles a broad range of business disputes involving commercial contracts, supplier and vendor relationships, banking and commercial landlord/tenant.  She provides legal services and advice to companies on credit and collection matters, and often lectures and writes on these topics as well.

Jessie has been named a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Boston magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2010.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Suffolk University Law School JD, magna cum laude (2005), managing editor, Suffolk University Law Review
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston BS, magna cum laude (2000)


  • “Protecting Your AR in Challenging Times,” BCI Webinar, March 2020
  • “Top Debt Collection Strategies,” BCI Webinar, June 2019
  • “Corporate Linkage: Understanding the Family Tree of Business,” NAWIC Webinar, May 2019
  • “Improving Your Communications,” NAWIC South Atlantic Region Spring Conference, April 2019
  • “Recovery of Attorney’s Fees and Costs in Construction Disputes,” On Solid Ground: The Mirick O’Connell Real Estate Law Blog, January 2019
  • “Houdini: Who Are You Doing Business With?” BCI Credit Summit, November 2018
  • “Credit Application: Best Practices,” BCI Summit, November 2018
  • “Ask Outrageously,” NAWIC Annual Conference, panel discussion, August 2018
  • “Negotiation: A Woman’s Perspective,” Women in Construction Building Connections Conference, June 2018
  • “Interlocutory Appeals,” Worcester County Bar Association, panel discussion, May 2018
  • “Credit Card Use and Collections,” Unilock Authorized Dealers meeting, Keynote Speaker, March 2018
  • “Best Practices for Collections,” BCI Annual Education Event, September 2017
  • “Dealing with Financially Distressed Customers,” BCI Annual Education Event, co-presenter, September 2017
  • “Top Issues in Private Construction Contracts,” NAWIC Education Summit, May 2017
  • “Juror Voir Dire,” MCLE 17th Annual Paralegal Conference, June 2015
  • “Breathing New Life into Worcester’s Former County Courthouse,” On Solid Ground: The Mirick O’Connell Real Estate Law Blog, April 2015
  • “Attorney Conducted Voir Dire,” Worcester County Bar Association program, February 2015
  • “ The Practical Difference Between the Massachusetts District, Superior and Federal Courts,” Worcester County Bar Association First Monday Educational Series, November 2014
  • “Best Practices for Getting Paid on Private Construction Projects,” NAWIC Image Magazine, April/May 2014
  • “On Solid Ground: The Mirick O’Connell Real Estate Law Blog,” 2012 to present, contributing author
  • “Best Practices for Getting Paid on Private Construction Projects,” NAWIC Image, April/May 2014, author
  • “Massachusetts Mechanic’s Liens: A Property Owner’s Perspective,” On Solid Ground: The Mirick O’Connell Real Estate Law Blog, December 2013
  • “Contracts, Credit and Collections in Massachusetts,” NAWIC Greater Worcester Chapter meeting, April 2013
  • “Getting Paid from a Customer in Financial Distress Might Not be the End of it,” Mirick O’Connell Business Law e-Report, April 2010


Professional / Community Affiliations

  • Habitat for Humanity of MetroWest/Greater Worcester, board president (2018-present)
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Greater Worcester Chapter, member, past Chapter president (2015-2017); Professional Development & Education Committee; regional chair (2016-present); national chair (2017-2018)
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Worcester County Bar Association, conciliator
  • Women's Bar Association
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