For Andrea Murdock, every case is something different. Working in insurance and construction litigation, the managing shareholder at Halloin & Murdock S.C. in Milwaukee said she enjoys the challenges each new case brings.
“I literally learn something new on every case,” Murdock said. “I’ve worked on cases ranging in size from someone’s home to Camp Randall Stadium and Lake Michigan breakwaters. It’s all very different.”
Murdock first became interested in insurance and construction litigation when she worked as a clerk for an attorney who practiced in those fields.
“I was then fortunate to find a firm that allowed me to develop a practice in those areas,” said Murdock, adding she wasn’t afraid to jump into a specialty in which men are more commonly found. “I really focus on research and haven’t been afraid to ask questions of other attorneys.”
Sheila Shadman, an attorney at Halloin & Murdock, called Murdock a “triple threat.”
“She is skilled in the areas of oral argument, at trial and brief writing,” Shadman said. “She is a zealous advocate for her clients and will always go the extra mile to ensure that she is producing her best work.”
Coaching played a big role in helping Murdock develop her career and she is now willing to assist others.
“You can’t learn everything in law school. It’s important to ask questions and do what you can to help your client,” she said. “You’re learning and your client benefits, too.”
At Halloin & Murdock, she encourages the hiring of local students, many of whom she has helped pursue either law school or a paralegal program. Kimberly Finnigan, a paralegal, said Murdock, in her role as managing partner, has helped establish an office environment that supports an employee’s career and family life.
“Andrea understands the pressure on women who wish to pursue both a career and have a family,” Finnigan said.
Helping others goes beyond the office for Murdock. She volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run, a non-profit program that encourages pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through an afterschool running program.
“I’m a runner myself and was attracted to the program and how it helps girls with making healthy choices and their self-esteem,” said Murdock, who was asked by a colleague to be a coach. “It’s a really cool program, and I see it as a way of helping out that next generation.”