Grace's Profile

Grace's practice focuses on complex civil litigation, managed health care, and ERISA litigation. In her ERISA litigation practice, she represents sponsoring employers, plans, plan administrators, insurers, and third party administrators in numerous federal and appellate courts. She regularly handles benefit claim disputes brought by plan participants and beneficiaries (including life, health, disability, and accidental death and dismemberment coverages and pension and retirement plans), fiduciary breach claims, and COBRA continuation coverage disputes. She is well-versed in preemption, standard of review, and ERISA remedy issues. Grace has been widely recognized for her many years of experience in ERISA litigation including being named Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation: ERISA.

Grace's Experience

  • Davis v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, 980 F.3d 541 (6th Cir. 2020)
  • Smith v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. CV 5:19-061-DCR, 2020 WL 4355068 (E.D. Ky. July 29, 2020)
  • Cofield v. Hartford, No. 4:18-CV-00607-SGC, 2020 WL 2218935 (N.D. Ala. May 7, 2020)
  • Meiman v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 2019 WL 5782099 (E.D. Ky. Nov. 5, 2019)
  • Griffin v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, 898 F.3d 371 (4th Cir. 2018)
  • Bales v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11180 (S.D. Miss. Jan. 24, 2018)
  • Quarles v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10506 (W.D. Ky. Jan. 23, 2018)
  • Griffin v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10295 (W.D. Va. Jan. 25, 2017)
  • Potts v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104432 (W.D. Pa. Aug. 9, 2016)
  • Quarles v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65188 (W.D. Ky. May 18, 2016)
  • Pugh v. El Paso Corp. Pension Plan, 617 Fed. Appx. 964 (11th Cir. 2015)
  • Melech v. Life Insurance Company of North America, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104898 (S.D. Ala. Aug. 10, 2015)
  • Glenn v. Am. United Life Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 6043 (11th Cir. Apr. 14, 2015)
  • Campbell v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137366 (W.D. Tenn. Aug. 5, 2014) adopted by 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136068 (W.D. Tenn. Sept. 26, 2014)
  • Cook v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64125 (M.D. Tenn. May 6, 2013)
  • Express Oil Change, LLC v. ANB Ins. Servs., et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43288 (N.D. Ala. Mar. 27, 2013)
  • Kelley v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154299 (E.D. Tenn. Nov. 8, 2011) adopted by 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39093 (E.D. Tenn. Mar. 22, 2012)
  • Greene v. Jefferson County Commission, 13 So. 3d 901 (Ala. 2009)
  • Ruple v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, 340 Fed. Appx. 604 (11th Cir. Aug. 11, 2009)
  • Greene, et al. v. Jefferson County Commission, 563 F.3d 1243 (11th Cir. 2009)
  • Vulcan Materials Co. v. Alabama Insurance Guaranty Association, et al., 985 So. 2d 376 (Ala. 2007).
  • Hayes v. Hartford Life Insurance Company, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 26682 (11th Cir. Nov. 15, 2007)
  • House v. Life Insurance Company of North America, 399 F.Supp.2d 1254 (N.D.Ala. 2005)

Grace's Awards

  • Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation: ERISA
  • Birmingham Magazine Top Attorney of Birmingham 2020 for ERISA Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation: ERISA (2017-present); Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2021)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employee Benefits (2016-2017)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employee Benefits/ERISA (2011-2014); Employee Benefits, General Litigation (2015)
  • Birmingham Magazine “Top Attorneys 2015”

Grace's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association: Federal Practice Section, Chair 2016-2017, Former Secretary/Treasurer; Women’s Law Section, Former Chair of the Leadership Development Task Force
  • Junior League of Birmingham: Teen Court Judge
  • Birmingham Children's Theater, Past Junior Board President
  • First Light Homeless Shelter for Women and Children

Bar Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

U.S. District Court: Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern), Florida (Northern), Tennessee (Western)

U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit

Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    • (2004, J.D., Journal of Law and Politics, Production Editor
  • Davidson College
    • (1999, B.A., cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa)


Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Monday, April 27, 2020

MAYNARD COOPER SHAREHOLDER NAMED TO LIST OF TOP ATTORNEYS OF BIRMINGHAM 2020

Maynard Cooper is proud to announce that Shareholder Grace Murphy has been recognized by Alabama Media Group and Birmingham Magazine as a Top Attorney of Birmingham 2020 in the area of ERISA Law. Birmingham Magazine conducts this annual peer-review survey to recognize Top Attorneys in the Birmingham area. Grace was...

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

130 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 130 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their practice areas in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 63 practice areas...

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