Emma P. Murphy

Associate Buffalo

A member of Phillips Lytle’s Litigation Practice Group, Emma represents clients in a broad range of disputes.

Emma works in a variety of litigation areas, including commercial litigation, government operations, labor and employment, and education law. Emma has experience conducting internal investigations into issues such as employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She also represents clients in connection with election law disputes, special proceedings under Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law & Rules to review the decisions of state agencies, and challenges to the constitutionality of state statutes and municipal ordinances.


Education & Admissions

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. summa cum laude, 2022
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., summa cum laude, 2019
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Activities & Professional Associations

Past Activities

  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Acea M. Mosey, Erie County Surrogate’s Court, 8th Judicial District, 2020-2021

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Labor and Employment Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Women in Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, WNY Chapter

Articles & Publications


  • Co-Author, “New York State Education Department Requires School Districts to Replace Native American Mascots or Obtain Tribe Approval,” The Daily Record, December 2022