Jessica E. Murphy
Jessie is a civil litigator who concentrates 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 has significant experience handling construction disputes, from simple breaches of contract and non-payment for services, to complex construction defect cases, for client across the construction industry. She regularly advises owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers and handles matters under the Massachusetts Mechanic’s Lien Law, the Prompt Pay Act and the Massachusetts Retainage Law. She helps clients manage risk through contract negotiation and drafting, and provides advice on delays and disputes during construction. Jessie grew up in a construction family and uses her personal experience to advise and advocate for her clients, focusing on creating efficient and cost-effective solutions that provide real results.
Jessie also handles a broad range of business disputes involving commercial contracts, supplier and vendor relationships, banking and commercial landlord/tenant. She provides legal service and advice to companies on credit and collection matters, and often lectures and writes about these topics as well.
She handles domestication and enforcement of foreign judgments in Massachusetts and asset recovery for judgment creditors. She works with out of state counsel to obtain discovery from entities and individuals in Massachusetts.
Jessie has been named a Massachusetts “Rising Star” by Boston magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2010.
Bar & Court Admissions
- 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)
- "Best Practices for Getting Paid on Private Construction Projects," NAWIC Image, April/May 2014, author
- "On Solid Ground: The Mirick O'Connell Real Estate Law Blog," 2012-present, contributing author
- "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
- National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Greater Worcester Chapter No. 241, president
- National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Northeast Region Professional Development & Education Committee, co-chair, 2016-present
- Habitat for Humanity of MetroWest/Greater Worcester, clerk and board member, 2014-present
- American Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Worcester County Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association