Dr. John E. Murray, Jr.


Dr. John E. Murray, Jr. is widely regarded as the foremost authority in the United States on the law of contracts. He is the author of Murray on Contracts (Lexis Publishing, 4th ed. 2001, 5th ed. to be published in October 2011), used by law students and practicing attorneys across America. Murray on Contracts has been cited as authority in judicial opinions by numerous courts across America, including the United States Supreme Court.  Dr. Murray is the principal author of the biannual supplements to the landmark multiple volume treatise Corbin on Contracts (Lexis Publishing).  He is also the author of the Corbin on Contracts Desk Edition (Lexis Publishing 2011), a single-volume compendium of contract law.  He is the author of nineteen books, including Sales, Leases and Electronic Commerce: Problems and Materials on National and International Transactions, (West Group, 3d ed. 2009) (co-authored with H. Flechtner), and numerous law review articles on contract and commercial law. He is a life member of the American Law Institute.

Dr. Murray is a partner at Murray, Hogue and Lannis, and has represented and advised many of the best known commercial entities in the world in contract matters over the course of his illustrious career, including U.S. Steel, Alcoa, General Motors, Nissan, Bayer and Electrolux, among many others.

Dr. Murray also serves as Chancellor and Professor of law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  He served as President of Duquesne University from 1988 to 2001, capping what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called an “extraordinary tenure” that set “a standard of excellence and achievement that is truly remarkable and may prove hard to equal.” (Post-Gazette, August 18, 2001.) The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote that some call the turnaround of Duquesne University under Dr. Murray's regime "the ‘miracle on the Bluff.’” (Tribune-Review, February 20, 2005.)  Dr. Murray previously served as Dean and Professor of law at both the University of Pittsburgh and Villanova University, and as acting Dean at Duquesne University’s School of Law. 

In 2001, a building at Duquesne University’s School of Law was named in his honor, the Dr. John E. Murray, Jr. Pavilion.  WQED and Pittsburgh Magazine named Dr. Murray one of the top 100 Pittsburghers of the 20th Century. A charismatic teacher, Dr. Murray is much in demand as a lecturer on contract law and civic matters.  His extensive involvement in civic affairs includes his chair of ComPAC 21 (Committee to Prepare Allegheny County for the 21st Century), whose recommendations led to reforming Allegheny County government and replacing the three commissioner governing body with a single county executive. In 2004, Dr. Murray was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to the five-member Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to oversee the finances of the City of Pittsburgh. Dr. Murray chaired that oversight board, which helped bring fiscal responsibility to the City of Pittsburgh. He has chaired the County’s United Way campaign, and serves on numerous charitable, civic and corporate boards. He has served on various corporate boards and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including, among many others, honorary degrees from three universities; the Vectors/Pittsburgh Man of the Year Award; the Art Rooney Sr. Award; the B’nai B’rith Great American Award; the St. Thomas More Society Award, and the Leadership Award from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross.

Dr. Murray received his Juris Doctorate from Catholic University of America and his Doctorate of Juridical Science from the University of Wisconsin.