Fifty Making a Difference Profile: Brooke Smith Murphy, Crowe & Dunlevy

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After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1967, Brooke Smith Murphy decided to follow in her father's footsteps by entering law school, though few women were in the profession at the time.

Her father, Judge Homer Smith, was a judge in Oklahoma County for many years and taught his daughter that she could do anything she set her mind to.

Murphy graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Law in 1975 and joined Crowe & Dunlevy, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, that same year. She has served as a shareholder and director of the Oklahoma City law firm since being named its first female partner in 1981.

She specializes in civil litigation such as commercial disputes, health law matters, insurance defense and class-action litigation.

My mentors at Crowe & Dunlevy, Bill Paul, Harry Woods, Clyde Muchmore and Andy Coats, had the same philosophy my father did about the abilities of women, Murphy said. …