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Hannesson Murphy

  • 11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

Hannesson Murphy is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department.

Mr. Murphy has extensive experience counseling and advising employers in all aspects of managing the employment relationship with their workforce, including:

  • the crafting of employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements;
  • the creation and maintenance of effective policies and procedures to govern the workplace;
  • counseling employers with respect to disciplining and terminating employees;
  • counseling employers with respect to reductions in force and ensuring that group terminations comply with the requirements of federal statutes and regulations;
  • defending employers against all manner of contract, discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge claims that could be asserted against them.

Mr. Murphy has obtained successful results for employers in a wide variety of legal matters, including claims involving breach of contract, defamation, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge, among others. He has defended employers in connection with privately-negotiated settlements, arbitration proceedings and hearings, administrative proceedings, class and collective actions, and every manner of litigated claims in state and federal courts across the country, from the filing of a claim through trial and on appeal.

Mr. Murphy regularly conducts training for employers to improve their employment practices, and frequently presents at seminars for groups such as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Society for Human Resource Management. A sampling of recent topics on which he has presented include:

  • hiring and firing employees in Indiana;
  • the protection of a company’s intellectual property, trade secrets and confidential information;
  • how the Affordable Health Care Act will affect employers;
  • steps for effectively handling class action litigation;
  • properly classifying workers as independent contractors.

Additionally, Mr. Murphy has co-authored several guides for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, including the current editions of the “Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Indiana Employer’s Guide to Monitoring Electronic Technology in the Workplace” and the “Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Indiana Guide to Hiring and Firing.”

Mr. Murphy graduated cum laude from Florida International University in Miami, Florida with a B.A. in International Relations. He attended the University of Miami School of Law and graduated cum laude in 1997. Mr. Murphy clerked for the Honorable David M. Gersten of Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, he served as an attorney with the civil litigation firm of Clarke Silverglate Campbell Williams & Montgomery in Miami, practicing in all areas of general civil litigation, including employment, medical malpractice, products liability, commercial liability, insurance defense and personal injury. While in Miami, Mr. Murphy served as the president of the Dade County Defense Bar Association and was the Commercial Liability Chair for the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. For his efforts, Mr. Murphy was a recipient of the Exceptional Performance Citation from the Defense Research Institute.

Mr. Murphy is admitted to practice in Indiana, Florida, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and all U.S. District Courts for Indiana and Florida. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.