Jim Murphy (’77, ’81)

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

Jim Murphy graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1977 and the College of Law in 1981. An attorney in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, he has been listed as one of the best lawyers in America for several practice areas, including zoning, elections, telecommunications, and municipal law.

Before joining Bradley, Murphy spent 18 years in the legal department of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, serving as director of law from 1993 to 1999. He provided legal counsel to the mayor and Metro Council, playing an important role in economic development initiatives such as Opryland and the Nashville Predators.

Murphy is a passionate advocate for the University of Tennessee and served on the UT Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2016. As vice chair, he was instrumental in passage of the 2010 Vol Vision strategic plan and the creation of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He and his wife, Marie (’81), have established an endowed scholarship in UT’s Institute for Public Service and support the university in numerous other ways.
Jim Murphy
2016 Alumni Service Award Winner