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Robert A. Murray

Robert A. Murray is beginning his 34th year as a criminal defense attorney. For over 14 years, he has the distinction of being the ONLY attorney in State of Missouri whose practice is devoted solely to DWI/DUI Defense. Mr. Murray began his career as a trial attorney in the Boone County Public Defender’s Office, from 1985-1989. He was assigned to handle felony cases in multiple jurisdictions throughout Missouri, including eight Capital Murder cases. In May 1989, Mr. Murray decided to go into private practice. He formed his own Law Firm at that time.

Mr. Murray became a Member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) in 2004. The NCDD is a true teaching college, not merely just an association. At that time, he elected to only handle DWI/DUI cases from then on. In May 2007, Mr. Murray opened the DWI Traffic Defense Center in Columbia. In 2008, he was recognized as the “BEST of Columbia 2008: Attorneys” by the US Local Business Association. This award is determined on the basis of Client Satisfaction for his Legal Representation.

Mr. Murray was selected by the National College of DUI Defense to serve as the Missouri State Delegate from 2010-2013. He is now serving a second term as Missouri’s NCDD State Delegate, from 2015 to the present time. In 2017, Mr. Murray was selected to be an honorary Faculty Member of the NCDD, in recognition for his leadership in teaching and mentoring younger attorneys during breakout sessions at NCDD’s Summer Session, which is conducted annually by the NCDD at the Harvard Law School. He has attended these Summer Sessions Advanced Trial Skills programs for the past 14 years. Mr. Murray also attended 14 the NCDD’s “Mastering Scientific Evidence” seminars in New Orleans. These programs are an intensive 3-day trial skills program.

Attorney Robert A. MurrayThe publication of MISSOURI DWI Defense: The Law and Practice (2017), was a career highlight. Co-authored by Mr. Murray, NCDD Dean James Nesci, and Murray associate Stephen Wilson, this 357-page treatise explores and explains every aspect of DWI Law in Missouri, from the Defense perspective.

Mr. Murray’s focus in this area of practice began in May 1998. While preparing to take a speeding case to trial, he discovered that when Boone County became a Class A County in 1990, it never enacted its own Speeding laws, as required by state statutes. Mr. Murray’s motions to dismiss all speeding cases then pending in Boone County were sustained by a Boone County Circuit Judge. This eventually led to the dismissal of over 400 speeding cases, before Boone County’s newly-enacted speeding laws finally went into effect.

Mr. Murray has successfully tried and defended cases in over 90 of Missouri’s 114 counties. He was a longstanding member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), the Missouri Bar Association, and the Boone County Bar Association. Since 2001, Mr. Murray has presented over 20 seminars for the Missouri Bar in the areas of DWI, Traffic, and Criminal Defense, and was the Planning Chairman and Moderator of 4 Defending DWI/DUI seminars held statewide in 2002. Mr. Murray was on the DWI Law and Practice Planning Committee for the Missouri Bar’s first Continuing Legal Education Book for DWI Defense, published in 2004. He has attended over 40 National DWI conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by the NCDD, all over the United States, from NCDD’s Summer Session for trial skills to dozens of MACDL seminars. Mr. Murray has been a guest Instructor regarding DWI Law for MU’s Trial Practice Program, along with presenting annual lectures for his Legal Fraternity at MU School of Law. He has been a guest speaker dozens of times for student groups at local high schools and at MU. Mr. Murray completed the three-day National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) Standardized Field Sobriety Test Practitioner Course in Orlando, Florida in November 2007. In December 2007, he presented two informational DWI podcasts for the Missouri Bar, directed toward private citizens and attorneys.

Mr. Murray was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1957. He is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1981. Mr. Murray then attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1985. He was admitted to the Missouri Bar in October 1985. Mr. Murray resides in Columbia, along with his four children. He knows that he is blessed by working in a profession that he truly enjoys, knowing that he has positively impacted the lives of a countless number of people among the 12,000+ cases he has defended.


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The Only Attorney In Missouri Exclusively Practicing DWI Law

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  • NCDD Faculty
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What Sets Murray Law Firm Apart

  1. Our attorneys are local to Columbia and have been representing the rights of Missourians since 1985.
  2. Lead attorney Robert A. Murray has tried cases in 90 of Missouri's 114 counties and is the only attorney in Missouri exclusively dedicated to DWI defense.
  3. Our clients are never charged for their initial case evaluation and we offer flexible payment plans.
  4. Our team takes the time to get to know you and your case because we truly care about the outcome.
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