Brian Murphy



Greenville, SC

Phone: 864-370-9400

Fax: 864-240-9292


Brian has maintained a Martindale Hubbell rating of AV, the highest rating available in the profession, since he was first eligible for review. Brian has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America, Super Lawyers, and Legal Elite of the Upstate.  These are honors bestowed on attorneys based solely on peer review processes. He is a past (student) member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court and a current executive board member of the Haynsworth=Perry Inn of Court.

Brian has been selected as being within the top 25 vote recipients in South Carolina (all practice groups) for Super Lawyers in three of the last four years (2013, 2015, and 2016).

Brian is a native of Pennsylvania and obtained his B. A. from Penn State in 1987. After graduation, he worked for Masland Industries in Carlisle, Pa. as an employee relations representative. He then transferred to Masland’s Toronto, Ontario plant as the employee relations manager until he left the company in 1989 to attend law school.

Brian graduated, with honors, from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was Associate Editor-In-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review (volume 43) and was appointed as a legal writing instructor. He was a member of the Order of the Coif, the Order of Wig and Robe, and the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court.

After graduation, Brian practiced with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Pennsylvania until he returned to South Carolina to join Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in 1994. In 1996, he left to start his own practice and, since that time, has represented individuals and small to medium sized businesses in employment litigation and business disputes.  Brian and Tom Stephenson formed Stephenson and Murphy in July, 2014.

Brian has authored one law review article on South Carolina employment law, 43 S.C. L. Rev. 387 (1992), is a contributing author to Labor & Employment Law for South Carolina Employers (S.C. Bar 2004), and has spoken numerous times to Bar and professional organizations on issues related to employment law and trial advocacy.

Brian is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, including the federal district courts for South Carolina and the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to practicing law, Brian also is a mediator and arbitrator for both state and federal-court cases.