Liam L. Murphy

Liam L. Murphy


MSK Attorneys

Recognized since 2003

Burlington, Vermont

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Environmental Law

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation - Construction

Litigation - Environmental

Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Litigation - Real Estate

Municipal Law

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Real Estate
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Liam maintains a broad practice grounded in all types of real estate matters. Liam’s litigation practice focuses on property law, including disputes involving title and boundary issues, easements, adverse possession and prescriptive easements; public and private road issues; title insurance claims; land use, zoning and Act 250; construction, condemnation and tax appeals. In the course of his practice, Liam has represented landowners, developers, municipalities and neighborhood groups in matters before the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, the Vermont Supreme Court (16 reported cases), Vermont Superior Courts, the Vermont Environmental Court, the Vermont Environmental Board, the Water Resources Board, multiple Act 250 District Environmental Commissions, and various municipal zoning and planning boards.

Liam’s transactional practice focuses on representing property owners and developers to establish and manage their operating entities, to acquire, finance, permit, manage, lease and/or sell (including “1031 exchanges”) a wide variety of commercial, residential, hotel, recreational, office and shopping center properties, and to establish condominiums and common interest communities.

REPRESENTATIVE RECENT ENGAGEMENTS:

-Special Counsel to the City of Winooski in connection the largest urban redevelopment project in the state’s history, involving the acquisition of 125 acres from multiple owners through sales and condemnation, obtaining master plan approval to construct over 300,000 sq. ft. of retail/commercial space, a 250-room hotel, a 43,000 sq. ft. municipal center, 800 units of housing, and 3,100 parking spaces in multiple parking garages, and then working with private developers to implement the City’s vision for a redeveloped downtown.

-Represent developers in connection with acquisition, development, permitting, financing and leasing of numerous commercial and multi-family housing projects.

-Represent property owner in 1031 exchange involving the sale of a commercial stable and the acquisition of an existing self-storage facility.

-Represented a municipality in Environmental Division and Supreme Court appeals that upheld the municipality’s position that blasting, drilling, and crushing ledge rock for gravel product does not qualify as “gravel extraction” as permitted under the municipality’s zoning regulations.

-The Supreme Court also addressed the statutory “deemed approval” remedy for municipal panel decisions.

-Represented land owners in the Environmental Division and Supreme Court appeals involving issues of collateral attacks on zoning decisions and remedies of land owners relying on incorrect decisions made by zoning administrators.Represented parties in Probate Court involving disputes between executors, trustees and legatees of will and beneficiaries of trusts.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Liam has served as a member of the boards of the Lake Champlain Land Trust, the Greenbelt Alliance, Goddard College and also provides volunteer legal services to a variety of Vermont land trusts and conservation organizations.

Location

  • 275 College Street
    P.O. Box 4485
    Burlington, VT 05406-4485

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Drew University, BA, graduated 1976

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Vermont, Vermont Bar Association

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Construction Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Land Use and Zoning Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Real Estate, Burlington (2023)
  • Litigation - Construction, Burlington (2022)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, Burlington (2021)
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Burlington (2019)
  • Construction Law, Burlington (2017)
  • Environmental Law, Burlington (2016)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, Burlington (2013)
  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Burlington (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Construction Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Municipal Law

Special Focus

  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Condemnation
  • Construction
  • Development
  • Eminent Domain
  • Hospitality
  • Land Use
  • Litigation
  • Real Property Law
  • Residential
  • Tax Certiorari
  • Title Matters
  • Zoning

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in 2012 for Litigation Real Estate, in 2017 for Construction Law and in 2019 for Litigation - Land Use & Zoning.
  • Ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell 2017 and 2018.
  • Selected to Super Lawyers as Top Rated Real Estate Attorney 2008-2018.

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"Liam is a highly-skilled, intelligent, thorough advocate with the highest standards and integrity. Liam loves the Law and sees his way through the issues clearly. He has advised us well through many complex contracts, negotiations, and litigation. He has represented our company successfully from the board room to the Supreme Court with the utmost competency and professionalism. We are always confident with Liam on our side."

"Liam Murphy has an excellent understanding of real estate law and extensive experience in the issues associated with ownership, development, and the many transactions in real estate. Liam is a pragmatic advisor and skillful in negotiating successful solutions to complex and difficult issues. Liam is a joy to work with. He is highly intelligent and brings a sense of reasonableness to every task. He is very approachable and responsive to his client's needs. He is loyal to his clients and does his absolute best to produce good outcomes for them."

- Derrick Davis (Davis Company), Stowe, VT

"Liam has an excellent legal mind that he combines with worldly common sense to provide exactly the type of counsel a business person needs."

- Tim Sampson (Infill Group), Burlington, VT

"Mr. Murphy has been my attorney since 1993 and has not only handled my corporate legal work, but commercial and personal real estate investments as well. Liam is a true professional; he is very knowledgeable in the field of real estate development and business law, and he is someone I would refer an associate or friend to."

- Earl Wertheim (Evergreen Development Two, Inc. dba The UPS Store), Burlington, VT

"Liam is an involved lawyer and a decided credit to the profession. His expert legal advice to the Winooski City Council during a five-year Downtown Revitalization Project, the largest in Vermont history, was critical to the City's time-sensitive condemnation proceedings, environmental permit processes, land acquisition, and construction contracting. Liam worked as a trusted partner throughout and the fact that this award-winning project finished on time, and on budget, provides testament to a lawyer (and a firm) that gets the job done!"

- Gerry Myers (City of Winooski), Winooski, VT

"Admired by his adversaries, respected by the Courts, trusted and loved by his colleagues and clients - that is the essence of Liam Murphy. His reputation as an expert in real estate law is well known, and well deserved. Liam is a brilliant litigator whose power emanates from his innate ability to reason, and his expertise and his vast experience in Real Estate law. Liam is the hardest-working, most-zealous client advocate that we have ever observed. Liam is able to sympathize and empathize with his clients, yet keep them focused on the realities of their own particular situation."

- Al and Nancy Dahm, Williston, VT

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