Stephen W. Murphy

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Practices
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, Editorial Board Member, Virginia Law Review, 2010
  • University of Virginia, PhD, Religious Studies, 2008
  • University of Cambridge, MPhil, Theological Studies, 2002
  • University of Maryland, BA, History and Classics, with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
Admissions
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Steve’s practice concentrates primarily on estate planning, trust and estate administration, real estate, and business law. He advises individuals, institutions, executors, and trustees on complex estate plans, wills, trusts, estates, and the transfer and management of real estate and closely-held businesses.

He regularly lectures and publishes on a variety of legal topics relating to estate planning and trust and estate administration, including the use of arbitration clauses in wills and trusts; estate planning for owners of closely-held businesses; estate planning for artists; elder care and special needs trusts; and the formation and transfer of business entities.

Steve is a lecturer in law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches Trust and Estate Administration. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he taught a seminar on the interpretation of statutes and regulations.

He received his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review and received the Ritter Award for “honor, character, and integrity.”

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Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Estate & Probate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012, 2013
Co-author, Fiduciary and Trust Activities Workbook, American Bankers Association, 2014 Edition
Co-author, Tax Law and Tax Planning Workbook, American Bankers Association, 2014 Edition
Author, The Rule of Lenity and Hybrid Statutes: WEC Carolina Energy Solutions LLC v. Miller, 687 F.3d 199 (4th Cir. 2012), 64 South Carolina Law Review 1129, 2013
Author, "Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Trusts," Trusts & Estates, August 2013
Author, Qualified Immunity, Mistaken Shootings, and the Persistent Importance of Perspective: Henry v. Purnell, 652 F.3d 524 (4th Cir. 2011) (en banc), 63 South Carolina Law Review 1057, 2012
Author, Enforceable Arbitration Clauses in Wills and Trusts: A Critique, 26 Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution 627, 2011
Author, Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards Under State Law, 96 Virginia Law Review 887, 2010
Author, The Confrontation Clause and the High Stakes of the Court’s Consideration of Briscoe v. Virginia, 95 Virginia Law Review In Brief 97, 2010
Author, Case Summary, United States v. Vankesteren, 553 F.3d 286 (4th Cir. 2009), 61 South Carolina Law Review 683, 2010
Speaker, "Lessons from Virginia Fiduciary Litigation Cases," 35th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar, October 18, 2016
Faculty, "The Probate Process from Start to Finish: Probate Disputes and Litigation, and Handling Claims Against the Estate," National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar, October 27, 2015
Faculty, "Estate Planning in a World of Creditors and Predators: Asset Protection for Every Estate Planning Client," 34th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar, October 22, 2015
Co-presenter, "Uniform Prudent Investor Act: What Fiduciaries and Planners Should Know," In-House Continuing Education Webinar for Bank and Corporate Trustees, October 15, 2015
Co-presenter, "Uniform Prudent Investor Act, Uniform Principal and Income Act, Third Restatement Trusts: What All Estate Planners Need to Know," National Business Institute National Teleconference, June 19, 2015
Co-presenter, "Uniform Principal and Income Act: What Fiduciaries and Planners Should Know," In-House Continuing Education Webinar for Bank and Corporate Trustees, June 16, 2015
Speaker, Federal Fiduciary Income Tax Workshop, Foxmoor Continuing Education, November 21, 2014
Speaker, "Recent Developments in Trusts and Estates," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Law Alumni Weekend, University of Virginia School of Law, May 9, 2014