Craig Murphey

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Erie, Pennsylvania




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Craig Murphey has been a trial lawyer for over 25 years. Before joining our team, Craig was a partner in one of Erie’s largest law firms and concentrated his practice on defending personal injury cases – especially car, truck, and motorcycle accident lawsuits involving deaths or catastrophic injuries.

Over the years, Craig has also represented and advised insurance carriers in numerous types of claims involving automobile, homeowners, or commercial general liability policies. He has also handled many cases that shaped Pennsylvania auto insurance law, especially in the arena of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

Craig also has a lot of experience with insurance bad faith cases. Since the Pennsylvania bad faith claim handling statute was enacted in 1990, he has represented and counseled both insurance companies and policyholders in bad faith claims.

With Purchase George & Murphey, P.C., Craig uses his education and experience to help accident victims, policyholders, and other insureds in all types of personal injury, property damage, bad faith, and other insurance claims. In addition, he protects the interests of those suffering from injury or medical mistakes and he represents companies and individuals in a wide variety of business disputes.

Craig has been honored by his peers and clients as an outstanding lawyer and leader. He was formerly the President of the Erie County Bar Association in 2017. He was also formerly President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, an organization comprised of leading insurance defense lawyers and insurance claim executives.  Craig is also currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

Craig has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© every year since 2012.  He was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Pittsburgh region “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury-Defense, and he received another “Lawyer of the Year” Honor for Insurance Law (Pittsburgh region) in 2019. This is quite an honor — The Best Lawyers in America© recognizes only one lawyer in each practice area and region as “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Craig has also been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2011. The  Super Lawyers designation is awarded to only the top 5% of all Pennsylvania attorneys – the honor is bestowed at the conclusion of a selection process that includes peer nominations, an evaluation of professional achievement, and independent research of the candidates.

 Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 99% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. – 1988
    • Honors: with Honors
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
    • B.A. – 1985
    • Honors: with Honors

Honors and Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – Present
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, 2017 Pittsburgh region, for Personal Injury-Defense
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, 2019 Pittsburgh region, for Insurance Law


  • Adjunct Faculty, Mercyhurst College
  • Murphey Serves as Panelist at ECBA Seminar on Changes Made to the Law of Joint and Several Liability, August 30, 2011 – Present

Personal Injury Case Results


Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.


Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.


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  • "There aren't enough words to express how elated we are with the end results Attorney Tim George delivered, he went above and beyond our expectations. Attorney George was always prompt in returning phone calls, straight forward about the facts and extremely empathetic with the horrible situation that our son was facing."

  • "Eric Purchase provided clear, logical guidance. He worked to understand the situation and circumstances (in a complicated matter) in order to provide accurate assessments and recommendations. Thrilled to partner with him. Also appreciated his updates on pertinent matters and professional counseling throughout the entire process."

  • "Craig Murphey handled my personal injury claim. He was extremely professional, but also took a personal interest in helping me through a very difficult process. Everyone in the Purchase, George & Murphey office was very kind and helpful. I would recommend Craig Murphey’s services to anyone who might find themselves in need of a top-notch lawyer."

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

Allison, July 8, 2017