For nearly 30 years, Dan Murphy has been a civil litigator with an active litigation practice. Mr. Murphy has tried more than 125 jury trials and more than 50 bench trials. He has achieved an AV-Preeminent Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating recognizing preeminent legal ability and ethical conduct. He has been recognized as a “Colorado Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine every year from 2010 to the present.

Mr. Murphy is a dynamic trial lawyer who brings a “common sense” approach to every case. He understands the unique objectives for each case and works with his clients to develop a game plan for reaching the best result. Mr. Murphy has substantial expertise in the area of construction law. He represents developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in a wide variety of construction litigation, arbitrations, and contractual matters. Over the years he has handled litigation involving hundreds of millions of dollars in claimed damages. Mr. Murphy is one of only a handful of Colorado lawyers who has obtained a complete defense jury verdict in a residential construction defect case.

Mr. Murphy is also well-experienced with the defense of catastrophic and large loss civil claims, including claims for wrongful death and significant personal injuries. In many cases, he is retained following a catastrophic loss before suit is even filed so that he can work with the client to minimize potential liability from the onset of a possible claim. Mr. Murphy stays up to date on the increasingly organized tactics being used by leading plaintiff counsel and develops strategies to neutralize them. Most recently, he obtained a complete defense jury verdict in a case against one of the most prominent plaintiff’s counsel in the Western United States where the claimed damages were over $10 million.

In addition to his active litigation practice, Mr. Murphy regularly speaks to trade and professional groups to provide them with updates on key legal areas and to assist with the development of risk management and mitigation practices.

Areas of practice

  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Liability
  • Auto
  • CGL
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction law
  • Commercial law
  • Insurance defense

Admitted to practice

  • Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Wyoming



  • University of Wyoming College of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • Regis University, cum laude

Community activities

  • Contributing author to The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law
  • Frequent lecturer on Colorado construction law

Professional associations

  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association