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Melissa Hanley Murphy


Melissa Murphy is a shareholder and director of Perkins Thompson. She began her practice by concentrating on all matters pertaining to real estate acquisition, ownership, development and financing, with a special emphasis on legal issues pertaining to condominium, timeshare and mixed-use projects and senior, affordable and other specialized housing. As the clients she works with have grown and expanded their core businesses, her practice has grown with them and now includes advising both for-profit and non-profit real estate owners and developers as to their governance and operations relating to matters extending beyond their real estate holdings.


University of Michigan
J.D., magna cum laude | 1982
Order of the Coif

Ohio University
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa | 1979

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Maine | 1982

Publications / Seminars

Ms. Murphy has presented numerous seminars on condominium, affordable housing and general real estate matters.

  • Presenter, numerous state-wide seminars on Condominium Law, including the Maine State Bar Association’s Seminar on Maine Condominium Law: Déjá Vu All Over Again (2005)


  • Fellow, Maine Bar Foundation
  • Member, American, Maine and Cumberland County Bar Associations

Service / Achievements

Ms. Murphy is a Fellow of the Maine Bar Foundation, the past Chair of the Scarborough Housing Alliance, a past member of the Town of Scarborough Open Space Committee, and a past Trustee and Secretary of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. She also was the incorporator and a founding Board member of the Scarborough Education Foundation.

Ms. Murphy is AV Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2015 in the field of Real Estate Law for Maine.