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40 Under 40: Brendan Murphy

Alan Flurry

Cobb County Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy, Double A.B. Dawg and Franklin Residential College resident, used his UGA experience to begin a legal career and move through the Solicitor General and Attorney General offices, a public service career already well worthy of of the 2022 class of the 40 Under 40.

Professional Experience

  • Started legal career at a Marietta law firm that counseled school districts—including Cobb County and Marietta City Schools—on a wide variety of legal matters.
  • Left a career in private practice to serve the people of Cobb County as a prosecutor, first working as an assistant solicitor general in the Solicitor General’s Office. Served as lead prosecutor for the Domestic Violence Court.
  • Subsequently moved to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, serving as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) and later as a Senior ADA in the Trial Division. A strong supporter of the Accountability Court and internship/apprentice programs.
  • Appointed as Chief Magistrate in 2019 before being elected in 2020.

 Community Involvement

  • Appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Georgia Magistrates Retirement Fund, serving as vice-chair.
  • Serves as the chair of the legislative committee of the statewide Council of Magistrate Court Judges and as a member of the statewide Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Judicial COVID-19 Task Force.
  • Member of Leadership Cobb class of 2022, a community leadership program run by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.
  • Serves on the boards of the Cobb County Law Library, Cobb County Child Abuse Protocol Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Office, and the Cobb Justice Foundation.
  • Member of the Cobb County Bar Association; previously served on the board of trustees 

Congratulations Judge Murphy! Keep up the great work. Congratulations to all of this year's 40 Under 40 – we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!


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