Don Murray attended Williams College where he majored in History. After Williams, he attended the University of Florida College of Law (now named the Levin College of Law), from which he graduated with honors.
Mr. Murray became fascinated by criminal defense while clerking for a prominent criminal defense attorney in Florida. It was through this experience that Mr. Murray was able to participate in a criminal defense practice of the highest standards. And it was during this experience that Mr. Murray became passionate about devoting his career to defending people accused of crimes.
After law school, Mr. Murray parlayed his experience to land a job as a trial lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in New York City, where he took on a substantial caseload of criminal cases. While at the Legal Aid Society he was engaged by the Publisher Matthew Bender to prepare a chapter on the cross examination of witnesses with criminal convictions for a multi volume series of books for criminal defense lawyers called "Criminal Defense Techniques."
After six years at the Legal Aid Society, in 1996, he formed the law firm Shalley and Murray with friend and colleague at the Legal Aid Society, James Shalley.
LEGAL CONSULTANT TO ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Over the years, Mr. Murray has been consulted by a variety of television and movie producers and writers on small points of New York criminal law and procedure for television programs, movies, articles, and novels.
Most recently, he was engaged to consult more directly on the NBC miniseries "The Slap" to help them understand how an arraignment in New York City would look and sound. If you haven't seen the show, one of the characters (played by Zachary Quinto) is arrested and must be arraigned. They invited Mr. Murray to the set to be there to answer questions about things like who would stand where and to make sure that the things people said at the arraignment made sense.
At the end of the day's shooting, they asked Mr. Murray to be in a scene (in the background). He actually made it into the show for about six seconds, in a hallway scene where the actor Peter Sarsgaard walks by him on the way to the courtroom while Mr. Murray pretended to have a conversation with an extra playing his client.
Mr. Murray is a bit of a geek. He taught himself computer programming from a book he borrowed from the library because his family couldn't afford a computer when home computers were new and expensive in the early 1980's. Since then he learned a variety of computer programming languages (on an actual computer).
Mr. Murray owns and throws boomerangs. He is also a tournament level Scrabble player, and former Scrabble champion of Gainesville, Florida. He plays the mandolin, the guitar, and a little Irish tin whistle.
After reading Moonwalking with Einstein, Mr, Murray taught himself some memorizing techniques and learned how to memorize a deck of cards in short order. His best time for memorizing a deck of cards was just under ten minutes.