Jim Murray '76
Degree: Philosophy, 1976
Profession: Partner, Dickstein Shapiro's Insurance Coverage Group
Lecture: Pre-Law Seminar
Jim Murray, a trial lawyer with a prominent national practice, is the professional development leader of Dickstein Shapiro’s Insurance Coverage Group, a member of the firm’s executive committee, and past chairman of the firm’s pro bono committee. The only insurance coverage attorney to twice be named national MVP in Insurance Coverage by Law360, he has assisted clients in securing well more than $1 billion in insurance recoveries in the last decade. Murray, who earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, became UM’s 20th Rhodes Scholar in 1976, earned two degrees at Oxford University and was a teaching fellow in the philosophy department at Harvard University while earning his law degree. He clerked at the United States Court of Appeals, became a litigation partner at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., and served as a special assistant to then-FBI Director William H. Webster. A founding partner of Gordon Murray Tilden in Seattle, Murray served on the Montana State Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for more than a decade and is a member of UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences External Advisory Board. In 2014, he was the recipient of UM's Distinguished Alumnus Award.