Kolb, Murphy & Givens

Attorneys at Law, LLC

Timothy Ward Murphy entered private practice in Sumter, South Carolina in 2007 after his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps.  Mr. Murphy handles the following types of cases:

Admitted:      1986, Pennsylvania (inactive); 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; 2000, U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals; 2001, U.S. Supreme Court; 2006, South Carolina and U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2007, US Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, US Court of Veterans Appeals

Law School:   Duquesne University, J.D.

Member:        Sumter County Bar Association; South Carolina Bar.

Biography:    Omicron Delta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha. Assistant Public Defender, Sumter County, 2007-2012; Chief Public Defender, 2012-present, Sumter County.  Member, Duquesne Law Review. Awards: U.S. Air Force Academy Outstanding Educator in Law, 1996-1997. Author: "A Matter of Force: The Redefinition of Rape," 39 AF Law Rev. 19 (1996); "Corroboration Resurrected: The Military Response to Idaho v Wright," 145 Military Law Rev. 166 (1994); "Preparing, Prosecuting, and Understanding Spouse Abuse Cases," 19 The Reporter 7 (1992).

Born:             Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July, 1958


Service:         Lieutenant Colonel, USAF retired;

                      USAF Judge Advocate General Corps, 1987-2007

Mr. Murphy also serves as the Chief Public Defender in Sumter County, where he has defended individuals accused of numerous crimes; including murder, armed robbery, sexual assault, and burglary.  

He is certified by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification as a mediator in Circuit, Family and Probate courts and an arbitrator in Circuit Court.

Mr. Murphy is a 1986 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law (JD) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  A native of Pittsburgh, he also has BA, cum laude (1980) and MA (1984) degrees in Political Science from Duquesne University.

He is admitted to the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina, the US District Court, District of South Carolina, the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (inactive), the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the US Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Murphy was employed as the Law Clerk for the Circuit Court for Allegany County in Cumberland Maryland.   After entering the US Air Force in 1987, he served as a base medical-legal advisor, a criminal defense counsel, a circuit trial counsel (military prosecutor), an associate professor, a staff judge advocate (senior supervising attorney) the Chief Appellate Defense Counsel for the Air Force, and the Chief of Civilian Employment Law for the Air Staff.

Mr. Murphy was stationed at Royal Air Force Greenham Common in the United Kingdom, Travis AFB in California, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, Dover AFB in Delaware and the Pentagon.

He moved to Sumter in 2004 when he was assigned to Shaw AFB as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters 9th Air Force and United States Central Command Air Forces. He served three deployments to Southwest Asia between 2004 to 2006 as the Staff Judge Advocate of the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) supporting air combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During his military career, Mr. Murphy prosecuted or defended courts-martial at trial and on appeal, including cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for murder, rape, robbery, child sexual abuse, assault, drug distribution and drug use. Mr. Murphy was the military trial prosecutor in United States v. Scheffer, a case in which the US Supreme Court determined on appeal whether excluding polygraph evidence helpful to a defendant was constitutional. As a trial defense counsel, Mr. Murphy was cited by his superiors as the top-ranked Air Force defense attorney in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Murphy has lectured on trial advocacy, homeland security law and employment law at various military educational institutions, authored articles on military justice and international relations, edited and co-authored a legal textbook, and authored eight published Civil Law Opinions of the Air Force Judge Advocate General. He was named the United States Air Force Academy Outstanding Educator in Law for the 1996-1997 academic year.

Mr. Murphy is married to the former Jody Henderson of Falconer, New York.  They have two sons, Sean and Brendan, who are Air Force officers.  They are members of Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Faith Community on Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

ISLN: 902278392

Criminal Defense, Military Law, & Litigation

Personal Injury, Accidents, Family Law, & Probate

Social Security Claims, Employment Discrimination

General Practice, Mediation & Arbitration Services

Timothy Ward Murphy

Official Air Force Photograph of Timothy Ward Murphy from 2000.  Mr. Murphy served on active duty as an Air Force Judge Advocate from 1987 to 2007.

Member of Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Faith Community, Shaw AFB, SC; Lector, (2010-present); Eucharistic Minister, (2010-present); Pastoral Advisory Council (2012-present); Shaw AFB Chapel Finance Committee (2012-present)

Saint Anne Catholic School; Catholic Strategic Management Committee (2011-2013); School Advisory Board (2012-2013, President); Attorney-Advisor, Middle School Mock Trial Team (2006-2009, 2012)

Sumter-Palmetto Rotary Club (2007-present); Board member (2013-2015)

South Carolina Bar Association Law Related Education Committee (2007-present); Chair, We the People Competition Sub-committee (2012-present)

South Carolina Bar Association Military and Veterans Section Council (2012-present); Secretary (2015-present)

Sumter County Bar Association (2007-present)

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Santee-Wateree Chapter (2011-present); Vice-President (2012-2013); President (2013-present)

Sumter-Shaw Community Council (2007-present)

Sumter County Tennis Association (2008-2013)

Paralegal Advisory Committee, Central Carolina Technical College (2008-present)

Sumter County Community Concert Band (2010-2011)

Wilson Hall High School Mock Trial Team, Coach (2006-2009)

Member of Saint Anne Catholic Church; Lector (2004-2010); Parish Council (2006-2010, Chair); Basketball and Softball Teams (2007-08)

Air Force Association (AFA), Swamp Fox Chapter #298 (2012-present)

Community Involvement

Contact Tim at TimMurphy@LawSumter.com or (803) 418-0800, ext. 112, and please be sure to leave your telephone number with your message.