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Kevin Patrick Murphy

Managing Partner


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Kevin is the Managing Partner of Walter Haverfield. Prior to his Managing Partner role, he was Administrative Partner of the Firm as well as Section Head of the Firm’s Business Services Group. Kevin represented public and private companies on major real estate transactions including construction, development, financing, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, exchanges, zoning, and entitlements. He also focused on negotiating acquisitions, dispositions, buyouts, and joint ventures and advised on structuring transactions and corporate governance matters. Additionally, Kevin represented financial institutions and corporate borrowers in connection with commercial loan transactions. He also represented marijuana business owners, individuals looking to enter the legal cannabis industry, and clients looking to effect change in marijuana laws and regulations.


  • Selected for inclusion in the Irish Legal 100, 2021-22
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers©, 2022-24
  • Selected for inclusion to Ohio Super Lawyers list, 2014-24
  • Recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40, 2014



  • Represented a regional port authority in connection with fixed-rate financing, structured leasing and infrastructure financing
  • Represented New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed banks, leading global investment banks, asset management firms, and life insurance companies on commercial loans, including whole loans, mezzanine loans and bridge loans
  • Represented a regional mutual bank on commercial loan transactions
  • Represented a private developer in connection with the formation of a real estate private equity fund
  • Represented one of the largest shopping center Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) in the United States in connection with portfolio shopping center divestitures, outlet sales, site assemblage and acquisition/development projects, easements with covenants and restrictions (ECRs), joint ventures and unwinds, and various financing transactions
  • Counseled a global chemical company in connection with the sale of legacy properties, leasing matters and the acquisition and development of manufacturing, processing and warehousing facilities
  • Represented a NYSE-listed REIT in the acquisition of a national self-storage portfolio
  • Represented various joint ventures in the negotiation of joint venture and operating agreements
  • Counseled a private developer in the acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of a residential, retail, entertainment and lifestyle center known as Pinecrest
  • Represented developers in connection with New Markets and Historic Tax Credits
  • Represented the owner of the Flats East project in Cleveland
  • Represented private developer in the preparation of a portfolio of 22 regional shopping centers for sale
  • Represented a public company in plant acquisitions and sales of plants in the following states: Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and in the following foreign jurisdictions: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Mexico, Slovenia, South Africa, and Venezuela
  • Represented several national NYSE-listed cellular service providers in the preparation and negotiation of cell tower leases in the Midwest


  • Member, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Leadership Council
  • Member, Cleveland Zoological Society Board of Directors
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Public Affairs Chair, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties of Ohio
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, St. Ignatius High School Alumni Association


  • “Real Estate & Cannabis: Financial Opportunity or Unmanageable Risk?” International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference, 2018
  • Medical Marijuana Seminar, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2017
  • “Exploring Public Easements, Utility Easements and Rights-of-Way,” HalfMoon Education Inc. seminar, 2013