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Murphy, Peter M. Senior Counsel

Murphy, Peter M. Senior Counsel

Practice Focus

Peter Murphy has an extensive background in local government law including park districts, municipalities, libraries and school districts. He is a member of Tressler’s local government practice group with a focus on general government work and litigation.

As part of his work as chief legal officer for numerous local governments, Peter is lead counsel on bargaining agreements with FOP, Fire Unions and AFSCME. In addition to successfully negotiating and drafting these agreements, Peter has also arbitrated these matters before the ILRB (interest arbitrations). His experience includes resolving grievances at all levels and defending grievance arbitrations. Peter’s work also includes drafting and revising personnel policies and handbooks, including updates and compliance with associated State and Federal requirements. Peter advises his clients on a variety of legal issues, including tax and appropriations, land use and annexation, elections, FOIA, board procedures and voting requirements, ethics, contracts for bid and prevailing wage.  

During his career as a local government lawyer, Peter has represented his clients before the IDHR, EEOC, IWCC and in State and Federal Courts. He brings a wide range of practical employer defense experience to Tressler and his clients.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Tressler in 2017, Peter was in private practice, managing his own law firm since 1991. Previously, Peter was the City Attorney for Blue Island, Village Attorney for Posen and Senior Assistant City Attorney for Naperville. Peter has also practiced as an Assistant State’s Attorney and as an Associate Attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson. 

In addition to his work as a municipal attorney, Peter practices before Illinois State and Appellate Courts, Federal District and United States Court of Appeals the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission, IDHR/EEOC, IEPA and has filed pleadings before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Illinois Municipal League, Member
  • Southwest Illinois Bar Association, Member

Recent Publications

"School District Not Liable For Cheerleader’s Fumbled Tumble," Local Government Lowdown, September 5, 2019

"Exercise Of First Amendment Free Speech Does Not Prevent A Probable Cause Arrest," Local Government Lowdown, June 7, 2019

"Caveat Emptor – Contractors Beware!," Local Government Lowdown, November 5, 2018

"Legislative Changes to Municipal Accounting Audits," Local Government Lowdown, September 26, 2018

"Employee Termination: An Employers’ Reasons Make A Difference," Local Government Lowdown, July 31, 2018

"Sometimes a Felon Can Run for a School Board," Local Government Lowdown, May 15, 2018

"Supreme Court Holds Prisoners Must Pay Up To 25% Of Their Awards To Their Attorneys For Fees," Local Government Lowdown, April 19, 2018

"The Mayor Who Wasn’t There," Local Government Lowdown, April 16, 2018

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