Frederick J. Murphy, Jr.
245 South Central Avenue
Bartow, Florida 33830
John received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan. While attending law school John served on the Wayne Law Review and published a note regarding Depositary Bank Liability under the U.C.C. Section 3-419(3) in 34 Wayne Law Review, 1988. John has practiced law in Bartow since 1989 with the same firm, now known as Boswell & Dunlap LLP. His general practice has become concentrated in the areas of Local Government Law as well as Commercial Litigation; Commercial Transactions; Real Property; and Real Estate. John has made presentations on Florida's charter school laws, annexation and related areas of the law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of local government law.
His community activities have included membership on the Board of Directors of the Bartow Chamber of Commerce and served as its President in 1995; Bartow Rotary Club 1989-2007 and served as its President in 1998; Central Florida Development Council 1997 and served as its Chairman from 1998 through 2000; Member of the City of Bartow's Community Redevelopment Agency from 1990 through 2000 and served as its Chairman from 1996 through 1998; President of Polk Association of Chambers of Commerce 1998; Bartow Regional Medical Center 1996-2007; Bartow Healthcare Foundation from 1996 to the present and as its Chairman from 2006 through the present; Military Academy Board appointed by the Honorable Senator Bob Graham 1996-2004;
John is currently the Assistant School Board Attorney for the School Board of Polk County, Florida holding this position since May, 1998; Town Attorney for the Town of Dundee, Florida, January 2004 to present; City Attorney for the City of Lake Alfred, Florida from January 2002 to the present; and City Attorney for the City of Winter Haven, Florida from May 2003 to the present. John served as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Bartow from 1989 until June 2007 when he served as its Interim City Attorney until September, 2007.
John is a member of the Florida Bar, City, County and Local Government Law Section; Florida Municipal Attorney's Association; Florida Association of Police Attorneys; American Bar Association; and Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC; and certified by the Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law since August, 2012. John is rated AV Pre-eminent by the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.
John is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, the Northern, Middle, and Southern District Courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. John is also an inactive member of the State of Michigan Bar.
John and his wife, Ann, have four children.
Assistant to John Murphy. Beth has been with the firm since 1988 working with Mr. Murphy since 1989. She has extensive experience in civil litigation, real property, and municipal matters. Notary Public.
Paralegal to George Dunlap, John Murphy and Seth Claytor, Teri joined the firm in March 2011. Teri is a Florida Registered Paralegal. Teri has extensive experience in probate and real property matters with a concentration in foreclosure. Notary Public.