Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Recognized as a Top Women of Law Honoree for 2022


Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is proud to announce that Attorney Kathryn Murphy, a Partner at the firm, has been selected as a Top Women of Law 2022 honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The honorees are selected based upon their “ significant contributions to the legal profession while also serving as role models for women entering the law.” Ms. Murphy is the first attorney at the firm to receive this prestigious honor. She has been practicing law at MHTL for over 30 years, and prior to joining the firm, she worked with the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, initially as a financial investigator in the Public Protection area, and later as an Assistant Attorney General in the Fair Labor Division where she handled criminal and administrative enforcement of labor laws including wage and hour matters. Prior to her decorated career as a lawyer, Ms. Murphy practiced as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and received the Award of Achievement for passing the exam in her first sitting.


Ms. Murphy’s practice focuses on the employment, litigation and corporate law areas. She has many years of experience representing employers in matters involving employment discrimination, wage and hour, contracts, whistleblowing, and other employment-related concerns. Ms. Murphy’s practice also focuses upon working proactively with employers to address matters before legal disputes arise. Additionally, she conducts internal investigations on behalf of employers, provides training, day-to-day counseling in employment areas, development of policies and procedures, and other advisory services.


Ms. Murphy graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School. She obtained a Senior Professional Human Resource (SPHR) certification in 2011. Prior to law school, she received her BS in accounting from the University of Massachusetts and practiced as a CPA for several years.


Congratulations to Kathryn Murphy on this well-deserved accomplishment.

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