John J. Murphy


312.565.3100 ext. 228

708.917.1199 cell

Mr. Murphy is an experienced litigator with expertise handling teacher and administrator disciplinary issues; student residency issues, including issues related to school admission based on visa status; proper use of school funds, including tort funds; and litigation against school districts based on alleged sexual misconduct by district employees. Mr. Murphy also has extensive experience handling cases before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. Prior to joining Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, Mr. Murphy worked in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as a criminal prosecutor for ten years. Thereafter, he became supervisor of the labor and employment unit of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for ten years where he defended Cook County elected officials in labor and employment matters in federal and state appellate and trial courts. For several years, Mr. Murphy was an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the Chicago Kent College of Law. He has also served for the past 13 years on the Board of Advisors to the annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Program sponsored by Chicago-Kent College and was a presenter at the Illinois Council of School Attorneys annual conference in both 2005 and 2006. Mr. Murphy attended St Mary’s College, in Winona, Minnesota in 1971, graduating summa cum laude. In 1975 Mr. Murphy graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law cum laude. Mr. Murphy also attended the University of Chicago from 1986 to 1987 as a Benton Fellow while working as a member of the WBBM-TV investigative team. During the six-year time period he worked as a member of investigative team at WBBM-TV, the station won several major awards including two Peabodys, two DuPont Columbias, and seven local Emmys. Mr. Murphy is also a current member of the Board of Education of Glenview School District No. 34.

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois Supreme Court, 1975
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1975

Professional Appointments

2005-2013 Board Member, Board of Education of Glenview School District No. 34

Published Decisions

Citizens Organized to Save Tax Cap v. State Bd. of Elections, No. 1-07-2389, 2009 WL 1475488 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. May 22, 2009)

Bd. of Educ. of Park Forest-Chicago Heights Sch. Dist. 163 v Houlihan, 888 N.E.2d 619 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2008)

In re Objections to Tax Levies of Freeport Sch. Dist. No. 145, 865 N.E.2d 361 (Ill. App. Ct. 2nd Dist. 2007)

Toth v. Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215, 01-05-3193

Ruffino v. Sheahan, 218 F.3d 697 (7th Cir. 2000)

County of Cook v. Ill. Local Labor Relations Bd., 707 N.E.2d 176 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1998)

Cook County State’s Attorney v. Ill. State Labor Relations Bd., 684 N.E.2d 970 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1997)

Zimmerman v. Cook County Sheriff’s Dep’t, 96 F.3d 1017 (7th Cir. 1996)

Hernandez v. O’Malley, 98 F.3d 293 (7th Cir. 1996)

County of Cook v. Licensed Practical Nurses Ass'n of Ill., 671 N.E.2d 787 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1996)

McGrath v. Gillis, 44 F.3d 567 (7th Cir. 1995)

Eberhardt v. O'Malley, 17 F.3d 1023 (7th Cir. 1994)

Kolman v. Sheahan, 31 F.3d 429 (7th Cir. 1994)

County of Cook v. Ill. Local Labor Relations Bd., 639 N.E.2d 187 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1994)

Halleck v. County of Cook, 637 N.E.2d 1110 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1994)

People v. Griffin, 365 N.E.2d 487 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1977)

People v. Millan, 361 N.E.2d 823 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st. Dist. 1977)

In Interest of King, 359 N.E.2d 817 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1977)

People v. O'Neal, 358 N.E.2d 47 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1976)