Murray Plumb & Murray - Attorneys at Law, Portland, Maine

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Peter L. Murray

Of Counsel

Contact Information

direct: 1.207.523.8220

Peter Murray is a staple of the Maine legal community, having been practicing in the Portland area – and internationally – for almost 50 years.

In 1968 Peter became associated with the firm now known as Pierce Atwood and was made partner in 1972. He left Pierce Atwood in 1973 to co-found the firm of Murray Plumb & Murray with Peter S. Plumb and E. Stephen Murray. From 1973-1993 Peter practiced law as a partner in Murray Plumb & Murray, focusing on general law practice and tending more toward trials and litigation as time went on. During these years he handled a number of major civil cases, including patent infringement trials, shipbuilding cases, industrial defect litigation, public utilities investigations, reorganizations, and constitutional litigation for both public and private clients.

Starting in 1973 Peter became co-consultant (with Prof. Richard H. Field) to the newly formed Maine Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence. He has continued to serve as sole consultant since the death of Prof. Field in 1978. He and Prof. Field assisted the Committee in drafting the Maine Rules of Evidence (1973-1975) and shortly afterward they published the treatise, Field & Murray, Maine Evidence. Peter has since revised the treatise several times. The current edition is the 6th, which appeared on March 24, 2008.

From 1978 through 1993 Peter held a part-time appointment as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he taught Evidence, Legal Ethics, Federal Litigation and Commercial Law, and served as the Director of the Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop. In 1993 he was appointed a full-time Visiting Professor and in 1996 became the Robert Braucher Visiting Professor of Law from Practice, a chair which he held until June 2010. Until January 2008 he carried a substantially full time law-teaching load at Harvard, where he regularly taught Evidence, Trial Advocacy, The American Legal System (for foreign jurists), Skills and Ethics in Law Practice and Comparative European and American Civil Procedure. He also served as the Faculty Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Currently he continues to teach Evidence at Harvard on a part-time basis as a Visiting Professor. He is the author or co-author of 7 law books and numerous articles on academic law topics.

Over the years Peter Murray has worked extensively in comparative law, with particular reference to civil procedure in Germany and Europe. He taught at the University of Freiburg, Germany as a Senior Fulbright Professor for the spring semester 1998 and regularly returns to Germany, Switzerland and Austria to teach short courses, lecture and participate in academic meetings, arbitrations and moot courts. In 2004 he published German Civil Justice (with Rolf Sturrner), a comparative description and analysis of the German civil litigation system. He is fluent in both standard and legal German.

Throughout the years of his academic work in Cambridge he continued to conduct a small law practice in Maine serving long-time clients, consulting in complex litigation, and serving as arbitrator and referee in international arbitrations and domestic dispute resolution matters. As of July 1, 2007, he has returned to the firm of Murray Plumb & Murray as of counsel to continue his practice in these areas.

Peter and his wife, Deborah, reside in Portland, Maine.

Practice Areas


  • Harvard Law School
  • Harvard College

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Edward T. Gignoux, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Supreme Court