E. Stanley Murphy

E. Stanley Murphy

White Stone, Virginia
Legal Elite

Stan is our partner in charge of civil litigation, civil appeals and employment law. He brings to Dunton, Simmons & Dunton more than thirty years of trial experience with two of the nation's preeminent litigation firms. Stan has been selected as a top business litigator by Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite list, comprising less than 3% of practicing attorneys in Virginia.

During a rich and diverse career he has represented businesses and individuals in commercial, real estate and labor disputes, and has spent the past two decades trying high value injury cases throughout the Eastern United States. Stan has managed and tried cases in more than half of all Virginia counties and has taken more than 175 jury cases to verdict. He also has appeared as trial or appellate counsel in more than three dozen courts outside the Commonwealth of Virginia, including courts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and the District of Columbia. As a plaintiff's injury attorney, he has obtained several verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 Million.

His appellate work includes cases in the Virginia Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a frequent author on civil procedure and trial practice topics and formerly was a law lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Stan has represented businesses in cases involving all phases of development and construction, including owners, developers, contractors and architects. He also is experienced in a variety of real estate and riparian disputes. His non-injury labor practice focuses exclusively on management side representations.

He and his wife, Lesley Hollowell, are building a house in Lancaster County. They are avid outdoorsmen, enjoying sailing, kayaking and rambling about with their Welsh Corgis. Their daughter, Mary, recently graduated from the University of Toronto and is pursuing a master's degree at Columbia University.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2014

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation of all types
  • Management side employment law
  • Construction and development disputes
  • Real estate and riparian disputes
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Civil Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2013
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1983
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia, 1990


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Published in law review
    • Honors: Member, Phi Delta Phi honorary legal society
    • Honors: Winner of two book awards for academic distinction
    • Honors: Member of law school’s admission committee
  • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Major: Government

Published Works

  • Innocent Misrepresentation By Vendors: Is Strict Liability Really the Standard in Virginia? George Mason University Law Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1983
  • Virginia Civil Procedure, (Middleditch, et al.), Michie Publishing. Reviser and principal author of annual supplements, 1991-1993
  • “Guarding The Gate of Expert Testimony: The Daubert Conundrum,” Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers, Winter 1996/1997
  • “Federal Employers’ Liability Act,” Chapter 76 in LITIGATING TORT CASES, West Publishing, 2003 and multiple annual updates (sole author with acknowledgement)
  • “Gateway To Discovery,” Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2013 (lead article for two-issue series on civil discovery)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lower Northern Neck Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • McGuire, Woods, LLP
  • The Moody Law Firm

Pro Bono Activities

  • General Counsel, Portsmouth Humane Society, 2010 - 2014
  • Board Member and Corporate Organizer, Eastern Virginia Scholastic Rowing , 1994 - Present
  • Chairman, City of Portsmouth History Commission (commission appointment by city council), 2011 - 2014
  • Board Member for numerous schools and other charities, 1984 - 2014
  • Senior Warden and vestry member , Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Dunn Loring, Virginia, 1984 - 1990
  • Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Constitution and Canons Committee, 1986 - 1989


  • Phi Delta Phi