5 Fast Facts
ON THE WEEKENDS you can find me outdoors! I love spending time with my family, being active and in the fresh air whenever possible.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME are outgoing, fierce (in a competitive way) and driven.
MY ADVICE TO YOUNG PROFESSIONALS is to find time to do things that are just for you—it’s important to always be true to yourself.
I LIKE GIVING BACK because it’s the right thing to do. Simple as that!
MY MOST EXHILARATING EXPERIENCES include the time I stepped out of a plane in mid-flight (with a parachute, of course!) and when I first crested the top of a ski slope in the Swiss Alps — both offered a quiet and a beauty that were truly surreal.
Who first inspired you to become a lawyer?
FJM: My father has always been an inspiration to me. Since I was a young girl, I would hear him talk about cases and trials at the dinner table much in the same way he would listen to his father tell stories as well. For the Murrays, our love of the law is definitely a family affair. My grandfather first started the firm with his brother in 1931. My father and uncle followed into the practice and now it continues with a third generation for a total of nine Murray family members who are ready and willing to represent our clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.
Other than the law, what are you passionate about?
FJM: I like to learn. If someone recommends a book to me, I read it. When I travel, I like to try and learn the language first—it’s a great way to immerse yourself in the culture while visiting. In fact, I often listen to language lessons in the car while driving. This is how I learned both German and Italian. Currently, I’m working on Gaelic for my next trip to Ireland!
What’s it like living and working in Sandusky, Ohio?
FJM: It’s a great place! What I like best is being on Lake Erie, we have a great view of the lake from our offices. I’m looking out my window right now at the Sandusky coal docks—a historic part of our city that has helped supply coal from this area to the rest of our nation for over 120 years. In the distance, I can also see Cedar Point. Another place that holds a lot of history, it’s the second-oldest operating amusement park in America that resides on a peninsula extending out into Lake Erie. It also has the second-most roller coasters in the world—a total of 17! I’m a big fan of the ones that go high and go fast, not so much of the ones that go round and round. I make it a point to get a season pass every year, as our entire family likes to go out to the park and have fun.
It sounds like community is an important aspect of your life. What do you do to give back?
FJM: We’re very involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Erie County. In fact, we were recently at the Club as part of the 2016 IB Day of Action. We brought in food for all the kids and then played games and kickball with them—it was a lot of fun! It’s really great to see some of the same kids from one visit to the next as you can witness how they are growing and developing. My background is in education, and I often want make sure that our youngest generation is learning all it can to mature into happy, healthy and productive adults.
The world today put an incredible emphasis on technology. Do you feel it plays a role in your day-to-day as a lawyer?
FJM: Well, you certainly have to embrace technology on some level as a trial attorney, because you need to relate to the jurors on your case and it’s a big part of their lives. We also use technology to be more efficient in our case management and research. Law is definitely a profession where you need to learn from those who have gone before you, and it’s so much easier now to share documents and more in this digital age.
In an era of information sharing, how has the Injury Board helped benefit your firm?
FJM: I think that being able to share ideas between like-minded attorneys is a great opportunity that you won’t find anywhere else. Everyone with the Injury Board shares a similar goal of always striving to better the law, so you don’t have issues with competitiveness as you might see with other legal organizations. So not only is Injury Board a friendlier way to interact with other attorneys, it actually encourages you to do so on a frequent basis—and that’s the kind of additional, positive input that can ultimately help you better serve your clients.