The Honorable Lois E. Murphy, professional biography
Lois Murphy is a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, assigned to the Orphans’ Court Division. She has been serving since January 2010 and has been Administrative Judge of the Orphans’ Court Division since January 2015. The Orphans’ Court Division approves adoptions, and hears a wide variety of matters including terminations of parental rights, guardianships, will contests, trust and estate matters, and matters related to minor’s estates and non-profits.
Judge Murphy is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, and serves as the chair of the Orphans’ Court Section of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. She also serves as the co-chair of the Pennsylvania Courts Working Group on Public Access.
Judge Murphy graduated from Harvard College in 1984, magna cum laude and Harvard Law School in 1987, cum laude.
Judge Murphy served as a law clerk to the Honorable George C. Pratt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, then served as a trial and appellate litigator in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, and then as in-house counsel to a national non-profit organization advocating for women’s rights. Judge Murphy practiced law at Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia and at Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. She is a frequent lecturer on topics including Ethics, Guardianships, Access of Justice for Older Adults, End of Life Decisions, Orphans’ Court practice and procedure, and the Pennsylvania Uniform Trusts Act.