sfmSHARON F. MURPHY
Senior Attorney
Indianapolis, IN
P:317.818.1360
F:317.818.1390
sfmurphy@kopkalaw.com

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Sharon Funcheon Murphy has over 30 years of litigation experience, primarily representing employers in workers’ compensation controversies. She appears regularly before all Members of the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board, the Full Board, the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities, and small business owners, many of whom she has represented for more than 20 years.

Sharon has held leadership roles in local, state and national legal organizations in recognition of her extensive experience, her hard work, and her belief that she should give back to the profession. On a local level, she has chaired the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel Section of Workers’ Compensation Law and has been a frequent lecturer for various organizations and clients on workers’ compensation issues. She has been an active member of the Indiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee, including Chair of the committee, and she has been awarded the prestigious Rabb Emison Award for commitment to Diversity in the Profession.

Sharon is a founding Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, and she has served as a Board Member and President of the College. In the American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Sharon has held numerous leadership positions including WC Newsletter Editor, Chair of the Workers’ Compensation and Employer Liability Committee, Council Member and Secretary of the Section.

RECENT CASE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sharon successfully advocated before the Indiana Court of Appeals for the termination of an employee’s workers’ compensation benefits based on his repeated failure to comply with discovery deadlines established by the Board. The published decision that was rendered has been used to establish the availability of sanctions for non-cooperation in the litigation rules set by the Board and the Indiana Trial Rules.
  • Sharon also prevailed before the Indiana Court of Appeals in obtaining the dismissal of an employee’s workers’ compensation claim based on his failure to file his Application before the Board within one year of the last day for which compensation was paid to him. This decision helped to clarify the “bright line” cut off of benefits based on an alleged change of condition.

MEMBERSHIPS
Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Indiana Workers’ Compensation Institute
Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

ADMISSIONS
Indiana

U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
United States Supreme Court

EDUCATION
Indiana University, McKinney School of Law , J.D. summa cum laude
University of Dallas, B.A.