Thomas J. Murphy is an attorney located in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix, Arizona. His practice emphasizes estate planning, elder law (including nursing home issues), all probate matters (including contested matters and guardianships) and tax controversies. Mr. Murphy has regularly appeared before the Arizona Court of Appeals, litigating many of the cutting-edge appellate cases in probate law. He is also one of the most experienced trial attorneys in the Southwest, having been the sole or lead counsel in more than 100 jury trials. Mr. Murphy has successfully litigated cases in the U.S. Tax Court, the Arizona Tax Court and the Arizona Board of Tax Appeals. He has represented clients before all levels of the Internal Revenue Service and the Arizona Department of Revenue. Mr. Murphy is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the State Bar of Arizona (Tax Law, Probate and Trust Law, Mental Health and Elder Law sections) and the Arizona Medicaid Planning Council. He has served on numerous state and county bar association committees, and was selected as the state bar representative to the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Reform of Lower Jurisdiction Courts. Mr. Murphy has testified as an expert witness in cases before the Maricopa County Probate Court regarding probate practices in Arizona. He serves on the advisory board of the Phoenix Tax Workshop and the editorial board of NAELA News. Mr. Murphy has been published in many national, state and local professional journals, writing on a wide variety of legal and tax matters. His articles on the impact of the new HIPAA regulations on health care powers of attorney and related documents have gathered him wide recognition as one of the nation’s foremost authorities in this field, and he has been invited to speak before many organizations.
He was born and raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He is an honors graduate of Tufts University with a double major in economics and history. He received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School with a concentration in taxation. He is a former officer in the United States Air Force with assignments to the 314th Combat Support Group, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas and the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, Torrejon Air Base, Spain. He is married to the former Ana Maria Orrantia, a native Arizonan who is a faculty member at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. They have four children. Tom has coached many teams in the Ahwatukee YMCA, Mountain Pointe Pony League and Region 1046 of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He also served for many years as Outdoor Activities Coordinator in his sons’ Cub Scout Pack 179. His hobbies include running, cooking, blues and R&B music, modern art (Impressionism through Cubism), reading about the Civil War and World War II, and avidly following all Boston sports teams.