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Jennifer Adams Murphy

Jennifer Adams Murphy

Shareholder and Senior Attorney
Saint Charles, Illinois

JENNIFER ADAMS MURPHY has over 30 years of experience in employment and commercial litigation. 

Ms. Murphy is a cum laude graduate of Marquette Law School where she served as Articles Editor of the Marquette Law Review.  Following graduation from law school, Ms. Murphy was appointed as the judicial clerk to the Hon. Justice Louis J. Ceci of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  After her clerkship, Ms. Murphy's career has included work as a litigator for a major Chicago law firm and 30 years of private practice in the areas of employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge, non-compete disputes, defamation and various other employment and commercial disputes and litigation. 

Ms. Murphy has represented clients before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois and U.S. Departments of Labor and various Illinois circuit and appellate courts as well as federal district and appellate courts in Illinois and throughout the Midwest.

Jennifer lives in Park Ridge, Illinois and spends most of her free time with her four children (two on opposite coasts, one in college and one in high school) and two dogs (a very large St. Bernard and a very small Pomeranian). She also enjoys cooking, gardening, art, and music.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Counsel and Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Non-compete Contracts and Litigation
  • Compensation Counsel and Wage Disputes and Litigation
  • Arbitration Agreements and Representation
  • Defamation Litigation
  • Commercial Counsel and Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1987
  • Illinois, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1993


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • J.D. cum laude
    • Honors: Top ten percent
    • Law Review: Marquette Law Review, Articles Editor
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science and Economics
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

Representative Cases

  • Dismissal of collective/class action FLSA overtime lawsuit based upon limited not-for-profit exemption (2019)
  • Dismissal of sex harassment case following trial before Illinois Human Rights Commission ALJ (2019)
  • Successful dismissal of arbitration proceeding (2018) and subsequent Nebraska court action (2019) arising out of commercial insurance dispute on jurisdictional grounds (2019)
  • Affirmance by 1st District Illinois Appellate Court of Summary Judgment dismissing claim of retaliatory discharge (2019)
  • Summary Judgment in Cook County retaliatory discharge case (2018)
  • Affirmance by 2d District Illinois Appellate Court of Summary Judgment dismissing breach of employment contract and tortious interference with prospective employment relations claim (2014)
  • Summary Judgment in Northern District Court of Illinois in a race discrimination and whistleblower lawsuit. (2014)
  • 2014 and 2013 dismissals with prejudice in two collective action lawsuits filed in Northern District Court of Illinois alleging claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (2014)
  • Dismissal with prejudice of state court lawsuit alleging breach of employment contract and intentional interference with employment expectancy (2013)
  • Dismissal with prejudice of state court lawsuit alleging disability discrimination and retaliation (2013)
  • Reversal of IDES successor determination resulting in reimbursement to client in excess of $160,000 (2013)


  • Diversity Training Seminar, DuPage County Bar Association
  • Bracing for Me Too, May 23, 2018
  • Dealing with depression and anxiety in the workplace, April 28, 2017
  • Best practices to avoid costly wage and hour litigation, October 17, 2016
  • What to do When Employees Steal your Trade Secrets and Customers!
  • The Disloyal Employee: 10 Keys to a Binding Non-Compete Agreement
  • Unpredictable Winds of Litigation: Arbitration Agreements (Value & Enforceability)
  • Time to [Re]Consider an Arbitration Policy?, October 31, 2014
  • Winning with Your Poker Face - Settlement Strategies
  • You Can't Take It With You - Drafting, enforcing and hiring employees subject to non-compete and trade secret agreements
  • “Sex in the City” (And in the Workplace): What to do when Porn, “Sexting” and other raunchy stuff shows up at work

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Illinois State Bar Association