Murphy McCoubrey traces its roots back to 1930's when Attorneys Thomas D. Murphy, Sr. and William K. McCoubrey were admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. It was the beginning of two legal careers and the beginning of a practice that would span over seven decades, outlasting 13 presidential terms and weathering several economic downturns.
Mr. Murphy and Mr. McCoubrey founded the Chicopee firm in 1953. Before opening their doors, Mr. Murphy served as both a trial attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in New York and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston. Mr. McCoubrey, a 1933 graduate of Chicopee High School, graduated from Northeastern University Law School in 1938, and served in the Pacific in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. McCoubrey worked as the Chicopee City Solicitor and had his own practice until the two decided to form Murphy McCoubrey. The two served the community for many years and invited other notable attorneys, such as former State Representative and District Attorney Candidate, Francis G. Gregory, to join them. Over the years they represented many local clients, organizations and corporations, including serving as General Counsel to Chicopee Savings Bank, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.
The firm has witnessed several milestones, none more important than the addition of Michael J. and Thomas D. Jr., Mr. Murphy's two sons, and Arthur T. McCoubrey, Mr. McCoubrey's son. After both Murphy sons returned from Vietnam, they attended Suffolk University School of Law via the GI bill and set out to begin their legal careers. Michael joined the firm in 1971, and Thomas joined the firm in 1978, after serving two years in the district attorney’s office in Hampden County. Arthur Joined the firm in 1983, after studying at both the University of Massachusetts and Holyoke Community College.
Over time many other notable local attorneys joined the firm, such as Thomas G. Costello, Sabino Bilotti and Norman J. Guz, Jr.
Firm members serve the community by being active on several boards, such as the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club, the Chicopee St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, Chicopee Savings Bank, the Chicopee Rotary Club, Baystate Medical Center and Elms College. The attorneys also received many honors such as the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award, an Honorary Degree from Elms College, Citizen of the Year, and all three Murphys served as Marshalls representing Chicopee in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Holyoke. In fact, Mr. Murphy Sr. was a Founding Father of Chicopee’s Chamber of Commerce.
The firm has been committed to fair and just legal representation ensuring that their clients receive excellent service and efficient disposition of their matters. Supported by a team of experienced lawyers and paralegals, the firm continues to be a leader in both the legal and business communities.