J Murray Egan has been practicing law for nearly sixty years. His vast experience includes work in the planning and administration of estates, trusts, and guardianships, and as an individual co-fiduciary with a large bank.

He has acted as the co-trustee and co-guardian of several significant guardianship estates. Murray’s father, a judge, often spoke about his work at the dinner table, and believed that a law degree was valuable even for those who don’t intend to practice. Murray’s early dealings with banking led him to his estates and trust work. “It’s nice to put something together and explain away the problems of other people,” he says.

He has five children and eight grandchildren. He claims to have been “culturally challenged” before meeting his wife, but now enjoys opera and theatre immensely.

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Representative Matters

  • Obtained court approval of estate planning for incapacitated persons in Pennsylvania and Texas.
  • Demonstrated coverage for counterfeited warehouse receipts under Bankers Blanket Bond to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The primary supporting authority was secretary's high school grammar book. Judge Goodrich commented approvingly on his counsel's "ingenious diagram" of the controlling provision.
  • Served as counsel for fiduciaries of several estates and trusts with oil and gas interests in a number of states and foreign countries.

Professional Affiliations & Honors

  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Recognized as an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell peer review


  • 2002  Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe LLC
  • 1952  Weller, Wicks, and Wallace, P.C.


  • 1951  J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Note and Case Editor, University of Pittsburgh Law Review
  • 1948  B.S., Yale University


  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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