justice e murray retirement

We are honored to celebrate the distinguished career of Justice Robert E. Murray Jr. (affectionately known as “Buddy”), who is retiring at the end of this month. Justice Murray’s career is a testament to his dedication, leadership, and service to the community.


Justice Murray was a valuable member of the Rudman Winchell team from August 1988 through December 30, 2003. He departed the firm for a judicial appointment in the Maine District Court. During his time here, he made significant contributions and left a lasting impact on his colleagues and clients.

Robert E. Murray Jr. was appointed as a Superior Court Justice for the Waldo County Superior Court in Maine on July 30, 2010, by Governor John Baldacci. His appointment was confirmed by the Maine Senate Judiciary Committee on August 16, 2010, and subsequently by the full Maine Senate. He was reappointed for another seven-year term by Governor Paul LePage on September 20, 2017.

Career Highlights

  • Education: Justice Murray received his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 1985. He also holds a B.A. from Boston College, which he earned in 1981.
  • Legislative Service: He represented Bangor in the Maine House of Representatives from 1982 to 1986 and the Maine Senate from 1996 to 2000.
  • Commissioner Role: From 2002 to 2004, he served as the Commissioner of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation under Governor John Baldacci.
  • Judicial Appointments: He joined the Maine District Court in 2004 and was appointed to the Maine Superior Court in 2010, where he has served with distinction for over a decade.

Justice Murray was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. He comes from a family with a rich history in public service. His brother, Fr. Frank Murray served in the Maine Legislature. His great uncle, Edward P. Murray, also served with distinction as a justice of the Superior Court, and his cousin Ann Murray is currently serving as a Superior Court Justice in Maine.

Reflections and Future

Throughout his career, Justice Murray has been esteemed in the community for his commitment to justice and his thoughtful approach to the law. His tenure on the bench has been marked by fairness, integrity, and a deep understanding of the law. As he retires, we reflect on his numerous contributions and the legacy he leaves behind.

Rudman Winchell Attorney, Ed Bearor, reflects on his friendship with Justice Murray, saying, “Buddy and I met in law school and began our careers at RW on the same day in 1988. As a friend, colleague, attorney, and judge, Buddy always, without fail, has exhibited an even temperament, patience, kindness, and understanding for everyone. He is a role model for all lawyers and judges.”

Justice Murray’s official retirement is at the end of this month. In honor of his retirement, the Waldo County Bar Association will be hosting a retirement dinner on May 30th at the Shriner’s Club in Belfast. We encourage everyone who knew him to join in celebrating his remarkable career and wishing him well in his retirement.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Justice Murray for his years of service and dedication. His career has been an inspiration to many, and his wisdom and guidance will be greatly missed.

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