Spotlight on . . . Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy, originally of Hershey, Pennsylvania, joined the firm’s Wilmington office in 2012. Peter and his wife Maja and their three children, Ben (13), Ania (9), and Misha (7) live in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Peter is a member of the firm’s Regulated Substances Group and advises clients establishing and operating legal marijuana businesses throughout the United States. He helps clients navigate licensing and other complex legal and regulatory issues surrounding the fast-growing medical marijuana industry.  Peter has drafted permit applications for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation operations in Pennsylvania and is well-versed in the nuances of medical marijuana law and its relationship with existing federal law. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of medical marijuana regulation in Pennsylvania and Delaware and has provided commentary on the topic for the Associated Press and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Peter is also a litigator in the firm’s Professional Liability and Mass Tort groups, where he represents clients in all aspects of tort litigation in Pennsylvania and Delaware state and federal courts. He is experienced in all phases of discovery, trial, and appeal.


What led you to pursue a career in law?

My interest in law started while attending undergrad at Indiana University. I had a class taught by a lawyer who previously served as a smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service. He was an excellent lecturer and storyteller. During class he used the Socratic Method to encourage dialogue among students and facilitate critical thinking. The class quickly became my favorite and motivated me to apply to law school.

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

I enjoy problem solving. I enjoy building strong personal relationships with my clients and coming up with creative and efficient solutions to their legal issues.

What is something your colleagues would be surprised to know about you?

I play multiple instruments and originally assumed I would have a career in music.

What is a book that you think everyone should read?

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (A non-fiction book by Michael Lewis about the build-up of the United States housing bubble during the 2000s.)

How do you spend your weekends?

Coaching youth soccer, playing music, and working in the yard with my wife and children.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Oral surgeon – like my dad.


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