Navy Seaman Nicholas J. Murphy

Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic


On November 19, 2016, Nicholas James Murphy was killed as a pedestrian walking with his fellow sailors in the crosswalk in Pensacola, Florida. Nick is the third son of four children that Theresa and G. Edward Murphy have, the cousin of Jeffrey M. Dunn, and the nephew of Teri L. Dunn. Nick was living his dream of trying to become a Navy SEAL and had enlisted in the United States Navy to do so. Nick was a true hero on the day of his death and continues to be one. When he was killed by a motor vehicle hitting him, at the last second before he was killed, he pushed one of his sailor friends out of the way and saved her life. In addition, he continues to save more lives. Because Nick was so healthy except for his head injury, all of his organs were able to then be donated to save others in need. His organ donation has resulted and will result in an additional five other people being saved. All of his major organs were transplanted into other lives, of which three people were not expected to make it through the night without the transplant. As a result, the tragedy for the Murphy & Dunn family has resulted in the gift of life to numerous other families throughout the United States. You can see Nick's story by watching his video: American Red Cross Heartland Hero 2017


Although we do not know why bad things happen to good people like Nick, we do know that God has a plan for all of us and this is just part of that Plan. It was told to us that it is not the number of years that you live that counts, but the life in those years. Nick Murphy definitely lived a full life in the short 19 1/2 years he was alive. He was truly a great son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend to all who knew him. It is in his honor that we have created the Nicholas James Murphy Foundation and the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic to help military families in need. You can review all of the positive activities that are occurring on Nick's behalf by reviewing his Foundation web page at


The Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation Pro Bono Clinic is a pro bono clinic offering free or reduced rate legal services to those clients with a connection to the Armed Forces that we want to help to pay them back for their service to our country, or who may not be able to afford to pay our normal fees. Nick loved trying to become a SEAL and was working hard in that direction. He also loved children. That is why we have dedicated this clinic to helping those Armed Forces families in need that have cases involving children or family law related matters. The attorneys and paralegals at Murphy & Dunn will now honor Nick Murphy by giving back to the local community by undertaking a substantial amount of pro bono legal work each year on his behalf.  Nick fought his hardest every day to be the best he could be, and as he loved, to be "The Man in the Arena".  We are going to support those like him. To date in 2017 we have taken on 13 cases and given away over $51,000.00 of free legal services.


Please contact our office today to learn more about using our volunteer services if you are  connected to the military and Armed Forces. Please complete our Client Contact sheet as well to start the process. We will review your circumstances to see if you qualify and contact you to see if we can help. Please include a statement as to why you are requesting free or reduced rate legal services, your legal issues and your connection to the Armed Forces.


As well, we hosted the "Fairways for the Armed Forces" Charity golf outing to support the Nicholas J. Murphy Foundation on June 12, 2017 at Mt. Hawley Country Club. It was a huge success raising over $50,000.00 for educational, military, legal and charitable giving through the Foundation. Next years event will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018. 


Here is a also cool news post from May 4, 2017 about Nick Murphy.