Thomas V. Murray

Tom Murray has handled numerous trials in state and federal courts, including related appellate cases, since 1972. His extensive litigation practice has encompassed complex business, commercial, labor and financial cases, insurance defense and personal injury litigation, insurance coverage litigation and real estate litigation.

Representative examples of litigation matters handled by Tom are:

  • In 2002, he represented Century Surety Company of Columbus, Ohio, in a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, against an Overland Park insurance broker for the unauthorized issuance of an insurance policy, receiving a verdict of $1.2 million for his client.
  • In 2004, Tom defended a prominent area hospital in a lawsuit brought by its former collection agency, in which damages in multiple millions of dollars were sought. He thereafter obtained partial summary judgment reducing the plaintiff's claims to $900,000. In 2006, approximately one week before final summary judgment arguments were scheduled to occur, the plaintiff wrote the CEO of the hospital informing him that the plaintiff would be dropping the litigation and apologizing that it had been filed.
  • In 2006, Tom was retained to represent a group of long-time shareholders in a prominent eastern Kansas golf course and country club operation concerning claims of corporate mismanagement. He executed a successful takeover of the company’s board of directors, which was accomplished only three and one-half months after the initial contact from the client group, four of whose members gained seats on the company's new board.
  • In 2009, Tom successfully defended a prominent Johnson County municipality in a highly complex commercial litigation case brought against it by a Florida real estate developer. The case, which took more than three years to get to trial and drew national attention, involved a claim by the plaintiff for $4.6 million arising out of its involvement with a major development project belonging to the city. After a trial to the court, Tom’s client received judgment in its favor on all claims that had been made against it by the plaintiff, completely exonerating the city. The plaintiff thereafter appealed. The case was affirmed in its entirety by the Kansas Court of Appeals in November of 2010. The plaintiff thereafter filed a Petition for Review with the Kansas Supreme Court, which was denied in September of 2011.

Tom has also defended numerous administrative claims and related litigation matters involving complaints of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and civil rights violations. In 2001, he successfully represented the Kansas Department of Revenue before the Kansas State Civil Service Board, and handled parallel Kansas state and federal court cases, resulting from the termination of the employment of the Department's chief corporate tax litigation attorney (the state court case, Prager v. Kansas Department of Revenue, is reported at 271 Kan. 1 (2001)).

In addition, he has defended legal malpractice claims of all kinds, and has also testified as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases on multiple occasions. 

Tom has also handled significant banking litigation matters, in particular lender liability cases. His depth of knowledge in this area of the law is enhanced by his having served on the board of directors of a national bank for twelve years. 


  • Numerous speaking presentations at local, state, national and international levels on topics related to trial practice, evidence, bank litigation (lender liability), finance and labor and employment.


  • Summary Repossession, Replevin, and Foreclosure of Security Interests, 46 J.B.A.K. 93 (1977)
  • Interest and Usury in Kansas: Current Developments, 50 J.B.A.K. 270 (1981)
  • Insurance Defense Counsel - Conflicts of Interest, 41 F.I.C.C. Quarterly 283 (1991)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Kansas Bar Foundation, Trustee, 1999-2005
  • Kansas Board of Law Examiners, 1995-2013; Chairman, 2006-2013
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Regional Vice President, 1994-1997; Director, 1997-1999
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Director, 1993-1998
  • Kansas Bar Association, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section, President, 1982-1983
  • University of Kansas School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1980 (Evidence); Lecturer, Bar Review Course, 1975-1982 (Evidence)

Community Involvement

  • The University of Kansas, The Hall Center for the Humanities, Advisory Board, 1988-2017
  • Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 1993-1995
  • Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497, Board of Education, 1991-1995


  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers 2013-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who In America
  • Named Chairman of Kansas Board of Law Examiners, 2006
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  • Overland Park

    10851 Mastin Boulevard
    Building 82, Suite 1000
    Overland Park, KS 66210-1669
F: 913.451.0875


Ellen McHone

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri 
  • U.S. Supreme Court


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1972

University of Kansas, B.A., 1969