Charles C. Spagnoli Attorney at Law


Thomas J. Murphy received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from LeMoyne College in 1972. He received his Master of Public Administration Degree from Syracuse University in 1975. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Syracuse University in 1986.

Mr. Murphy was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1988. He is admitted to practice before the Federal Courts, including the United States District for the Northern and Western Districts of New York. He is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. In 1992, Mr. Murphy argued the case of Bowen v. Niagara Mohawk before the Appellate Division in Rochester, New York, resulting in a seminal decision for the utility industry. It was unanimously held that electricity is a service and is not subject to strict liability standards.

Mr. Murphy is a member of the Onondaga County and New York State Bar Associations, New York State Association of Trial Lawyers and New York State Defenders Association. Mr. Murphy is a United States Army Veteran and a retired Police Officer having served twenty years with the Syracuse Police Department. Mr. Murphy is also a longtime member of the Adjunct Faculty at Onondaga Community College, having taught courses in Criminal Law and Homicide Investigation.

Mr. Murphy was the recipient of the Onondaga County Bar Associations Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award for his work in the Pro Bono Divorce Clinic in the evening and Saturdays resulting in judgments of divorce for numerous indigent clients.

Mr. Murphy has tried cases in both State and Federal courts. He has tried both jury and non-jury cases to completion. He has successfully defended police agencies and connected municipalities, National Grid a/k/a Niagara Mohawk, private corporations, and defendants in all aspects of defense litigation. He has also represented numerous criminal and vehicle and traffic defendants in Town, Village, City, State and Federal Courts. He has also represented numerous clients in New York Family Courts and State Supreme Courts.

Mr. Murphy is a Syracuse native and resides therein.