n key legal adviser to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, 1958-1978.
n corporate litigator at Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Irvine in New York for 30 years before becoming partner and then head of the firm;
n senior vice president and general counsel, RCA Corp., 1984-1986; and
n general counsel and a director of Gulf Oil, guiding the company through its takeover by Chevron Oil.
His clients included Walt Disney, General Electric, Mobil Oil and American Home Products, and during the 1960s and 1970s he represented major pharmaceutical companies against price-fixing charges.
He argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and was admitted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also received the Thurgood Marshall Award for his pro bono representation of death-row inmates.
After his retirement he continued defending death-row inmates and was president of the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association. Murphy died Sept. 7, 2001.
Sam Murphy Park is a great place to enjoy reading the Gasparilla Gazette or any other newspaper.