Cranay D. Murphy is an associate in the Baton Rouge office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. As a civil litigation attorney focusing on insurance defense, Ms. Murphy handles various related matters, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, and other personal injury cases. She also possesses extensive experience with municipal law, governmental liability defense, professional malpractice, and medical malpractice defense.
With nearly 10 years of service to multiple municipalities throughout Louisiana, Ms. Murphy was most recently appointed Assistant Attorney General for the Louisiana Department of Justice. In this role, she defended the State of Louisiana and its agencies, officers, employees, higher education institutions, universities, and boards of supervisors in litigation. This litigation spanned personal injury and automobile accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice claims, and civil rights litigation in federal courts. Ms. Murphy handled motion appearances, oral arguments, and pre-trial hearings, addressing various issues such as venue, service of citation and process, prematurity, and motions to strike. She ensured compliance with procedural laws, engaged in dispositive motion practice, and asserted applicable defenses.
Ms. Murphy has represented government entities in municipal liability, police liability, and civil rights claims brought under constitutional amendments and acts such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act. Notably, she developed, drafted, and implemented municipal ordinances, policies, and procedures on issues related to workplace ethics, sexual harassment, emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, business continuity, and appellate briefs. She also handled supervisory writ applications to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal for Louisiana and the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Throughout her practice, particularly in cases related to insurance and medical malpractice claims, Ms. Murphy advocates for physicians, professional corporations, hospitals, residential healthcare facilities, surgery centers, and various healthcare providers, safeguarding them against accusations of professional malpractice and negligence.
In 2015, Ms. Murphy earned her Juris Doctor, graduating magna cum laude and ranking in the top 10 percent of her class. During her time at law school, she also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Southern University Law Review. Before entering law school, she received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in 2012, majoring in English and focusing on pre-law.
Ms. Murphy is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and is admitted to the United States Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana. She is also admitted to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Areas of Practice
- Civil Litigation
- Commercial Liability
- Automotive Liability
- General Litigation
- Governmental Liability Defense
- Insurance and Insurers
- Medical Malpractice Defense
- Personal Injury Defense
- Premises Liability
- Professional Malpractice Defense
Southern University Law Center, J.D. Magna Cum Laude (2015)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.A. (2012)