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Elizabeth Farley Murphy


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Seton Hall School of Law, J.D.
Rutgers University, B.A.


New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


Ms. Murphy focuses her practice on the representation of management in education, special education, labor and employment law matters. Ms. Murphy has regularly advised boards of education on matters related to student rights and responsibilities, student domicile, school ethics, public contracts, public meetings, public records, school elections, construction projects, and the like. Ms. Murphy represents boards of education in all aspects of compliance with IDEIA 2004 and its implementing regulations, including development of IEPs, participation in mediation, and litigation of due process hearings. Ms. Murphy also represents and advises clients regarding various employment issues such as tenure, laws against discrimination, family and medical leave, wage and hour laws, labor disputes and contract interpretation. Ms. Murphy negotiates with employees and employee representatives regarding employment contracts and related terms and conditions of employment.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Murphy was a partner at Zucker Hatfield LLC , in Springfield, New Jersey; counsel to the firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., in Woodbridge, NJ; an associate with the firm of DeMaria, Ellis & Bauch, LLC in Newark, NJ; and in-house counsel for the Wall Township and Manasquan Boards of Education. Ms. Murphy has practiced general education, special education, and labor and employment law throughout her career.

Upon her graduation from law school, Ms. Murphy served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable John P. Arnone of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County in Freehold.


New Jersey State Bar Association
New Jersey Association of School Attorneys


New Jersey School Boards Association Annual Workshop 2018, “Gender Bias and Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB)” – October 23 & 24 2018, Atlantic City, NJ

New Jersey School Boards Association Annual Workshop 2017, “Student Religious Expression and Practice” – October 25, 2017, Atlantic City, NJ

New Jersey School Boards Association Annual Workshop 2017, “Student Speech and Religious Expression” – October 24, 2017, Atlantic City, NJ

New Jersey School Boards Association Spring 2016 School Law Forum, “Ethics in Mediation” – June 8, 2016, Monroe, NJ

New Jersey Personnel Administrators Association, “Family Leave: Highlights and Recent Developments” – May 13, 2008, Hamilton, NJ

Lehigh University Special Education and Law 32nd Annual Conference, “Students with Disabilities in Homeschooling and Charter Schools in New Jersey” – May 13, 2004, Bethlehem, PA

Lorman Education Services Seminar, “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in New Jersey” – May 23, 2000, Parsippany, NJ