Norah M. Murphy

Senior Counsel

About Norah

Norah M. Murphy is Senior Counsel at Monaco Cooper Lamme & Carr, PLLC. She represents individuals, businesses, and the professions in business and corporate matters, and litigates construction and labor law, municipal and public sector law, environmental law, personal and premises liability, hospitality and retail liability, insurance defense, and estate matters.

Norah previously served in the role of Senior Counsel as a trial attorney for a national insurance company for 13 years where she had an active trial and appellate practice representing insureds in auto, premises liability, public sector, and construction matters. She was designated the New York Subject Matter Expert in construction utility strike cases and was a frequent presenter at state and national risk management training seminars in the areas of premises liability, labor law, public sector and law enforcement liability. Norah also spent over 20 years as a trial attorney in private practice, was an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Guilderland, and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Albany. 

Why Norah?

Norah grew up the seventh of eight children, looking up to her father who was a distinguished local litigation attorney in Albany. She inherited many of his greatest traits which she now hands down to her clients – intellect, preparedness, respect, advocacy.  

Norah’s unique combination of highly regarded experience in private practice, as in-house insurance counsel, and as municipal counsel, is advantageous to her clients who seek astute, valuable, and comprehensive representation.



  • Bukowski v. Clarkson University, 19 NY3d 353 (2012)
  • Branch v. Community College of the County of Sullivan, 148 AD3d 1410 (3rd Dept. 2017)
  • Foster v. Kelly, 119 AD3d 1250 (3rd Dept. 2014)
  • Appollonia v. Bonse, 92 AD3d 1170 (3rd Dept. 2012)
  • Franco v. Town of Cairo, (3rd Dept. 87 AD3d 799 (2011)


  • Outstanding Advocate Award – Travelers National Trial School (2010)
  • New York Subject Matter Expert, Construction Utility Strike Cases – Travelers (2014 – 2022)


  • J.D., Albany Law School of Union University (1987)
  • B.S., State University of New York College at Cortland, Biology (1984)


  • New York State (1988)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York (1988)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit (1998)


  • New York State Bar Association

Advocacy and Involvement

Pro Bono

  • We the Action/Election Protection volunteer



  • Speaker: Legal Severity Symposium – 2021
  • Speaker: Premises Liability Law – 2020
  • Speaker: Advanced Litigation Management – 2019
  • Speaker: The Emergence of the Reptile Theory – 2018
  • Speaker: NY Utility Strike Training – 2018
  • Speaker: NY Labor Law Training – 2018
  • Speaker: Fundamentals of Risk Management for Governmental Entities – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Speaker: Liability for the Safety Professional – 2015
  • Speaker: Underground Utility Suits – 2014
  • Speaker: NY Public Entity Torts – 2014
  • Medicare Debrief – ABC’s of Medicare Recovery – 2014
  • Speaker: Evaluation of Wrongful Death Claims – 2013
  • Speaker: Fundamentals of Risk Management for Law Enforcement – 2012-2019

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