Business: I've had the great benefit of serving as legal counsel to start-ups, small, family-owned businesses as well as multi-billion dollar global companies. Moreover, my experience in business led me to be the CEO of a $5B company with 100,000 employees. This combination of legal and business experience has given me both a deep and broad experience which I bring to my clients in their time of need. Whether reviewing a contract, forming a new business, assisting with a sale, merger or acquisition, helping negotiate a deal, or helping provide perspective on a conflict or lawsuit impacting the business, I believe my experience can help deliver unique insights and navigate the best course for resolving issues and closing out deals. This background also helps me support Beth's family law practice when business issues are involved in a divorce. Like Beth, when I see conflict in the form of an emerging or existing lawsuit, my years of experience tells me that finding a solution through negotiation, collaboration or mediation is most often the best way forward.
Mediation: Unlike going to Court where a judge or magistrate makes all the decisions, mediation is a venue where you keep control of the decisions impacting your life and your business affairs. In a mediation, a trained mediator helps disputing parties sort through the issues, provides a sounding board, delivers the occasional sense-check on the claims or demands of the parties, and brings closure to the issues by enabling both sides to collaborate and come to a decision... the mediator doesn't decide. I am a Mediator and have participated in hundreds of mediations which have settled frustrating, distracting and costly business disputes or matters involving liabilities into the eight-figure range. However, I must admit, I am a convert to the use of mediation. Many years ago, when the concept of mediation was starting to take hold, I was from a school of thought and worked in an environment where we said, "... drag it out, let them spend their cash, make it painful for the opposition, and fight to the bitter end." I nearly walked out of the first mediation I attended because the opening offer from the other party was so ridiculously low. The experienced mediator convinced me that I should stay, work through the process, hear the other side and let them hear our side of the case. After many patient hours, we settled, receiving several hundred thousand dollars in a compromise settlement which was much less costly and much less distracting to our business than going through a bloody trial. That early lesson changed my view. True, there are times when you cannot come to agreement with the other side, but I believe in mediation and enjoy the art and science of bringing parties together, so they can resolve the issues themselves rather than going to court for a judge or a jury to take the decision out of their hands.
- Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
- J.D. - 1989
- Honors: Moot Court Board
- Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
- B.A. - 1981
- Honors: cum laude
- Major: Political Science
- The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- M.A. - 1983
- Major: Labor and Human Resources
- Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Past Chairman of Board of Advisors
- National Safety Council and Chair of NSC Board of Trustees, Past Board Member
- Transdev Services, President, 2013 to 2018
- FirstGroup America, President & CEO, 2000 to 2010
- Murray Mediation Services
- Murray Business and Transportation Consulting
- American Bar Association
- Ohio Bar Association
- Cincinnati Bar Association
- American Arbitration Association
Current Employment Position
- Attorney at Law - Mediator
- Business, Contract and Commercial Transactions
- Government Contracting and Transportation
- Ohio, 1989
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1989
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
- National Safety Council Green Cross Medal - FirstGroup America
- Outstanding Alumnus - Chase College of Law, N. Kentucky Univ.
- Student of the Year - Chase College of Law, N. Kentucky Univ.