In the world of awards for workers’ compensation, there are few honors more prestigious than the President’s Award from Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) in Santa Barbara, California. Thomas J. Murphy was one of only 6 attorneys in the US to receive this award on October 28, 2019.
Mr. Murphy’s recognition represents his dedication to protecting the rights of injured workers in Montana.
About Montana injury attorney Tom Murphy
A graduate from University of Montana Law School in 1985, Mr. Murphy has proudly served those injured on the job in Montana for the last 34 years. He founded Murphy Law Firm in 1998 after a successful 12-year career at a large law firm in Great Falls. Tom has had cases in federal and state courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Murphy has spread his knowledge of workers’ compensation by lecturing at many workers’ compensation seminars over the years to instruct other lawyers around the country how to be successful in pursuing workers’ compensation claims on behalf of their clients.
In addition to being awarded WILG’s prestigious President’s Award, Mr. Murphy has also received the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Appellate Advocacy Award and was the only Montana attorney to be a member of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.
Tom received the award after trying 2 cases that set precedents for cases that were found to be unconstitutional. The first challenged the denial of equal protection for elderly workers; the other challenged the denial of equal protection for deceased claimants.
Mr. Murphy has also been recognized as one of WILG’s top 100 injured worker’s attorneys. Nationally, Mr. Murphy also serves on the Board of Directors for WILG.
Locally, he co-founded the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Workers Compensation section of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. He also sits on its Board of Directors.
The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group is a nationwide non-profit organization that works to uphold the rights of workers and their families who suffer from work-related injuries (including occupational illnesses). Additionally, WILG supports attorneys and those working in non-profit groups with information on legal assistance, ways to obtain medical care and other relief efforts for those working through workers’ compensation programs to help workers and their families.
WILG began in 1995 with a small group of attorneys. It has now blossomed into a network of more than 1,100 members that spans the nation. Those members have committed to the task ensuring injured workers have the best quality legal representation possible. Additionally, WILG strives to ensure those injured on the job or those suffering from occupational illnesses have all the legal education they need.