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MADISON – Governor Walker today appointed Attorney Shaughnessy P. Murphy to serve as a judge on the Eau Claire County Circuit Court, Branch 5, replacing retiring Judge Paul J. Lenz.

“Shaughnessy Murphy will be a strong addition to the Eau Claire County Circuit Court,” said Governor Walker. “His legal acumen and dedication to rule of law give me confidence he will serve as an asset to both the bench and surrounding community.”

Shaughnessy Murphy was an attorney at Ruder Ware L.L.S.C. where he advised clients on a wide variety of business and transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, real estate, corporate governance, and foreign sanction and trade regulation compliance. Prior to his work in private practice, Murphy served as a senior leadership aide in the U.S. House of Representatives where he advised members of Congress on a variety of public policy and legislative issues.

Murphy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he was a member of the varsity football team and Gonzaga University School of Law where he was a member of the Moot Court Honors Council. In addition to his legal experience, Murphy has been involved within his community as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association Board of Directors, Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce’s Good Government Council and Government Affairs Committee, Heart for the Arts Committee, and the Chippewa Valley Business Report editorial board. Murphy and his family are members of St. Patrick’s Parish in Eau Claire.

Circuit Court Judge Steven Gibbs wrote in support of Murphy saying, “Shaughnessy Murphy possesses the common sense Eau Claire values which will serve the citizens of Eau Claire County well. He grew up in Eau Claire, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is in tune with the pulse of the Eau Claire community. He possesses a strong commitment to constitutional principles.”

State Representative Warren Petryk highly recommends Murphy stating, “Shaughnessy Murphy is an honest, hard-working, caring man of integrity who will bring the wisdom and balance we deserve to the Eau Claire County judicial system. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Murphy's empathy and kindness to others will be demonstrated in each decision he will make as he carries out his responsibilities to his fellow citizens. He is a superb choice as our newest Eau Claire County judge.”

Murphy resides in Eau Claire County with his wife, Katie, and two sons.