Gary L. Murphy

Gary Murphy, Charlotte criminal defense attorney

About me

I am a founding partner of Dozier Miller Law Group, and although I am now retired from the firm, I continue to refer clients to my accomplished former colleagues.

My practice included criminal defense in state and federal courts. I represented individual clients charged with every type of crime and traffic offense, from first-degree murder to DWIs and speeding tickets, and any type of white collar or drug offense. I was a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, and was recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers® as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state.

Professional activities & awards

Awards and recognition

  • AV Preeminent® peer rating – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • “Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney” – Super Lawyers®
  • Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law in both federal and state courts, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Criminal Justice Section)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Former Assistant District Attorney, 26th Judicial District North Carolina (Mecklenburg County)
  • Clerked for the Honorable Carlisle W. Higgins, North Carolina Supreme Court and the Honorable James G. Exum, Jr., North Carolina Supreme Court


  • J.D., 1974, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
  • B.A., 1970, Washington & Lee University


  • USMC Reserves, 1970-1976

Civic involvement

  • Mecklenburg County Civil Service Board (former member and Past Chair)