John M. Murray is an internationally recognized defense lawyer, and one of the few lawyers in the state who has a dual certification as a civil trial lawyer and an aviation lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Certification. Mr. Murray focuses his defense practice on civil litigation in the areas of aviation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, general liability, and construction defect. He is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest peer review rating. An active pilot, Mr. Murray holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and flight instructor ratings.
Mr. Murray is admitted to practice in Florida and Alabama, including the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida as well as the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the Middle District of Alabama. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and successfully argued Eastern Airlines v. Floyd before that court. Mr. Murray is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Defense Research Institute, an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the Florida Bar Aviation Law Committee and the Aviation Insurance Association in which he is a past director. He has been a Board Member of the Florida Aviation Trades Association as well as a visiting team member for the Council on Aviation Accreditation. Mr. Murray has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers List. He is also conversant in Spanish.
Mr. Murray lectures extensively at law symposia and seminars in the field of defense litigation. He has presented various papers including “Defending Manufacturers and Fixed Base Operators”, “Consequences of the Destruction of Tangible Evidence,” “What Plaintiff’s Lawyers Do Wrong in Handling Aviation Cases,” and “Legal Liability of Airport Operators.”
Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Civil Trial and Aviation
AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Super Lawyer
Aviation Insurance Association, Past Director
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Defense Research Institute
American Board of Trial Advocates
Bar and Court Admissions
Florida Bar, Member, Aviation Law Committee
U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
U.S. Supreme Court
Memphis State University, J.D.
Auburn University, B.S.
Speaking and Publications
“Defending Manufacturers and Fixed Base Operators,” Sixth Annual Aviation Law and Litigation Seminar, The Florida Bar
“Consequences of the Destruction of Tangible Evidence,” Twentieth Annual Southern Methodist University Air Law Symposium