Judge Mary P. Murray graduated from Duquesne University in 1992 with a B.S./B.A. in marketing and a minor in psychology. In 1993, she began a joint MBA/J.D. program at Duquesne University, graduating in December of 1995 with her MBA and in May of 1996 with her Juris Doctorate. While at Duquesne Law School, she completed an internship for Judge Joseph L. Cosetti, S.J. for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She later worked as a research professor for Jagdeep Bhandari, working on immigration matters and research on economic damages in wrongful death and survival actions.
Recently, Judge Murray served the borough of Coraopolis and the townships of Crescent, Moon and Neville as a Magisterial District Judge from 2004 through 2017, when she was elected to the Superior Court. During this time, she heard over 75,000 civil, criminal, traffic and non-traffic cases.
Prior to being elected as a Magisterial District Judge, Judge Murray worked for LandAmerica and various general practice law firms. During that time, she handled cases involving commercial and residential real estate matters, estate planning and administration, family, civil and municipal law. She clerked in Beaver County for the late Judges Joseph S. Walko, Thomas C. Mannix and James E. Rowley. Since graduating from law school in 1996, Judge Murray has maintained a private estate planning and administration practice.
Judge Mary P. Murray was appointed to the Minor Court Rules Committee in 2008, serving six years and chairing the committee from 2012-2014. She is member of the Allegheny, Beaver, Florida and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Western District of Pennsylvania.
While serving as a Magisterial District Judge, Judge Murray was extremely active in both the Allegheny County Special Court Judges’ Association, having served as President, Director, Vice-President and Secretary; and on the Pennsylvania Special Court Judges Association, chairing the Rules Committee and serving on both the Computer and Court Administration Committees.
Outside of her legal pursuits, Judge Murray serves on the Board of Governors of Amen Corner, as Presiding Justice for the B.P.O. Elks #1090; as member of the Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a lector and Eucharistic Minister at her church. She was appointed as Auditor of Moon Township in 1998 and was elected to a six-year term in 1999.
Judge Mary Murray is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania and resides in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in Moon Township. She is grateful to her family, friends and all the good people who encouraged and supported her throughout her career. Judge Murray is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.