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Grace Robinson Murphy
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PROFILE
EXPERIENCE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS

Grace's Profile

Grace’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, 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

  • 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)
  • 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
CONTACT
T 205.254.1170
F 205.254.1999
C 205.427.5691
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Assistant
Peggy Jones
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)

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...
December 14, 2019
CLIENT ALERT - HO HO HO & BAH HUMBUG: IRS DELIVERS MIXED BAG FOR EMPLOYERS
The IRS is giving employers, insurers, and other coverage providers two gifts this holiday season, but one may seem more like a lump of coal. First, the IRS has extended the deadline for employers to furnish Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) reporting...
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 att...
March 8, 2019
CLIENT ALERT - WANT TO KEEP YOUR ACA GRANDFATHERED GROUP HEALTH PLANS?
Federal Agencies Want to Hear From You In an effort to minimize the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), various federal agencies are soliciting input from the public on the challenges that employers wi...
February 6, 2019
CLIENT ALERT – NEW IRS GUIDANCE ON TAXATION OF QUALIFIED TRANSPORTATION FRINGE BENEFITS
Overview Since January 1, 2018, and by reason of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (the Act), taxable employers have been denied deductions for their expenses for Qualified Transportation Fringe (QTFs) benefits provided to their employee...
April 20, 2015
REFORMATION: DEFENSES IN ERISA INDIVIDUAL BENEFIT CASES
December 18, 2018
CLIENT ALERT - SOFTENING THE RULES ON HARDSHIP DISTRIBUTIONS: IRS PROPOSES NEW REGULATIONS
Overview This month, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued eagerly-awaited proposed regulations regarding hardship distributions for 401(k) and 403(b) plans.  The recent passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2017 (“...
August 15, 2018
116 MAYNARD COOPER & GALE ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED IN THE 2019 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA©
Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 116 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their areas of practice in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Included in the dis...