HONORABLE ROBERT M. MURPHY served on the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson from 1997 until 2012 and is presently serving on the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. He earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1971 and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School. Following his graduation from Loyola in 1974, he co-founded the law firm of Gauthier & Murphy and practiced with the firm until his election to the district bench.

Judge Murphy has served on the Judicial Council of the Supreme Court of Louisiana as both attorney and judge, was vice-chairman of the Trial Court Task Force, and chaired the Judiciary Commission of the State of Louisiana. He served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Judicial College. Judge Murphy was also on the Jefferson Parish Charter Advisory Board and was on the original Louisiana Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Commission. He is a former director and chairman of the East Jefferson General Hospital Board of Directors on which he served 14 years. He served on the Judicial Budgetary Control Board and is past chairman of the Louisiana Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters. He co-authored the Louisiana Appellate Practice Handbook. He is a past president of the 5th Circuit Judge's Association.