Judge Mary Murray has served the borough of Coraopolis and the townships of Crescent, Moon and Neville as Magisterial District Judge for the last 13 years. During this time, she has ruled on thousands of civil, criminal, traffic and non-traffic cases. Judge Murray has practiced law for over 20 years specializing in estate planning and administration. She is licensed in the states of Pennsylvania, Florida, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Supreme Court. Judge Murray has been involved in our Special Courts Judges Association for 12 years serving as chair to the Rules Committee. The Judge also serves as a member of both the Computer and Court Administration Committees. She was appointed by Justice Todd to a six-year term as a member of the State Minor Court Rules Committee; serving as Chair for two years. Judge Murray served as President of the Allegheny County SCJA for three years. She has also served as Director, Secretary and Vice President of this organization. These civic engagements illustrate how Judge Murray’s legal expertise is valued on various levels of the law.
Judge Murray started her career as an intern for the Unites States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania for the Honorable Joseph L. Cosetti, S.J. She then became a research assistant to Professor Jagdeep Bhandari at Duquesne University. Her next move was to Goldberg & Kamin as a law clerk. Judge Murray subsequently became an associate for Dodaro, Kennedy & Cambest specializing in residential and commercial real estate. At the same time, she was an associate with Gobel & Beisler handling cases involving worker’s compensation, bankruptcy, municipal law, wills, estates, immigration, corporate law and civil litigation. At that point in her career the Judge transitioned as a law clerk for the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. There she clerked for the late Honorable Joseph S. Walko, Thomas C. Mannix and James E. Rowley. Judge Murray assisted with then President Judge Reed and Kunselman. She worked with Land America, handling agents and approved attorneys title questions, underwrote both commercial and residential title commitments and policies. Her time spent with Witherel & Kovacik she practiced real estate, estate administration, criminal and family law. Judge Murray did this while maintaining her sole practice of estate planning and administration while serving the citizens as Magisterial District Judge.
Judge Murray is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, Beaver County Bar Association and Florida Bar Association. Judge Murray is a former member of the Women’s Business Network, Financial Women International, Pittsburgh Women in Commercial Real Estate, Vectors Pittsburgh and the West Hills Area Women’s Club. Today she is a member of The B.P.O. Elks 1090, Amen Corner, as well as a member of both Phi Sigma Epsilon and Phi Delta Phi.
Judge Murray is an alum of both Our Lady of Sacred Heart High School (OLSH) and Duquesne University. She graduated with a B.S./B.A. in Marketing and a Minor in Psychology ’92, M.B.A. ’95, and J.D. ´96 She was named “Who’s Who: American Law Students” from 1994-1996. Her strong Catholic upbringing, her solid Catholic education and her dedication to St. Margaret Mary Parish carries through in her everyday values. She serves her parish as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Judge Murray’s service to non-profits includes her efforts with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), The Amen Corner Board of Governors, Women for Wine Sense as Membership Chair, and the Catholic Funeral Security Association Board. Her public service also includes being appointed as Auditor of Moon Township in 1998. She was subsequently elected to that post from 2000-2004.