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Employment Litigation Attorney

Larry is an experienced trial attorney concentrating on the defense of individuals and organizations in employment litigation, including matters involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and employment contracts. He has extensive experience advising employers on executive employment contracts, personnel policies and procedures, discipline issues, corporate downsizing, trade secret and non-compete agreements, and drug and alcohol testing.

The most recent issue of Chambers USA, which ranks top lawyers and law firms, notes that Larry “has extensive experience in contentious labor and employment matters. This includes cases relating to allegations of wrongful discharge and workplace discrimination.”

For more information, please contact Larry Murphy at 616/336-6814 or



Representing large retailing chain in workforce reduction and right-sizing measures in multistate region, including assisting with analysis and implementation of the reduction-in-force programs and with particular attention to ensure there is no disparate impact to women, minorities and other workers with protected status.

Secured a seven-figure resolution following aggressive litigation on behalf of a national trucking company against former employees who breached their fiduciary duties by removing confidential information and using it in their new employment with a competitor. 

Secured a large six-figure attorney fee reimbursement on behalf of a national logistics company following the court-ordered dismissal of a multicount complaint alleging millions in damages against the company.

Jury Trial Experience Highlights

Greatwide Cheetah Transport v. Medallion Transport and Logistics, Preston County Circuit Court, West Virginia, No. 14-C-106: (2017): Breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets claims.

Dedivanaj v. DaimlerChrysler Corp, Third Circuit Court No. 02-236941 CZ (2005): Sexual harassment, retaliation and race association discrimination claims.

Fillmore v. Citizens Bank, Circuit Court No. 00-68454-CL (2004): Post-firing retaliation claim.

Zink & Triest Company v. Lalani, Russo, Vanilla Corporation of America, and Daugherty, Civil Action No. 0202413 (2004): Breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets.

Elger v. Eaton Corporation and Navy Controls Division, Eastern District of Wis. Case No. 00-C-0941 (2001): Age discrimination.

Beadles v. Tower Automotive, Western District of Tenn. Case No.1-99-1322 (2001): Worker's compensation retaliation.

Major, Buckingham, Sansom, and Vandyke v. First American Home Care, Integrated Health Services, and A.B.C., Circuit Court No. 98-352 CZ (1998) Whistleblower retaliation.

DeClue v. Central Illinois Light Company, Central District of Illinois Case No.: 1:98-CV-01276 (1998): Sexual harassment.


Honors & Recognitions

American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow

Best Lawyers in America® since 2005

Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management (Grand Rapids), 2020

Chambers USA©: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leader in the field of Labor and Employment since 2005

DBusiness© magazine’s Top Lawyer, Litigation - Labor Employment Benefits, 2017

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers, Litigation - Labor Employment Benefits, 2019 and 2020

Leading Lawyers: ADR Law - Employment; Employment Law - Management

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan State Bar Foundation, fellow

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leader in the Law, 2019

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2006

Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment, 2013

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association

Indiana Bar Association

Michigan Bar Association

Transportation Lawyers Association

Wisconsin Bar Association

Community Involvement

Dégagé Ministries, Board of Directors

Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board, chair

Talent 2025 Board of Directors, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, co-chair

News & Publications



Presenter at seminars nationwide entitled "Jury Trial Litigation of Employment Claims," 1995 – 2006.

Frequent lecturer on employment and labor law topics.

Presenter of more than 75 seminars, speeches and round table discussions on labor and employment law topics.


Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., 1979

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.G.S., 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • All Illinois state courts
  • All Indiana state courts
  • All Michigan state courts
  • All Wisconsin state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Federal District of Nebraska
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern Distrrict of Wisconsin
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