J Murphy Townsend

J Murphy Townsend, Attorney-at-Law


Dependable and effective legal representation


A Trusted Advocate For You

Murphy Townsend provides reliable and dedicated legal representation for traffic citations (traffic lawyer, traffic attorney, speeding ticket lawyer), DWI charges and criminal cases (criminal defense lawyer, criminal defense attorney), as well as family law needs and civil matters.

Attorney Townsend personally serves clients in Greensboro, High Point, and the Piedmont Triad area.  He takes pride in being accessible and responsive, when clients need him the most.  His commitment and focus assures that your case will receive individualized attention.

About Murphy

“I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where I lived until 1996, when I headed north to Boone, North Carolina to attend college at Appalachian State University. During my time at A.S.U., I earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in English. I also became a serious outdoorsman. After completing my Master’s degree, I settled in the Piedmont where I taught English at North Carolina State University and at Elon University before pursuing a career in the Law. I am a proud graduate of the Elon University School of Law. While at Elon Law, I completed coursework in Criminal Law, Family Law, Litigation, and Estate Planning and I interned for the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office and the High Point District Attorney’s Office. My passion is to help people and law practice is my avenue for service. Now, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors cycling, hiking, backpacking, and fishing with my family.”
—Murphy Townsend


  • Appalachian State University: Bachelor of Arts in English, 2000

  • Appalachian State University: Master of Arts in English, 2005

  • Elon University School of Law: Juris Doctorate, 2014


  • North Carolina Bar Assoc., 2014-present

  • Greensboro Bar Assoc., 2014-present

  • Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc., 2016-present

Bar Member

  • North Carolina, 2014-present

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2014-present


From the Clients

“I found Mr. Townsend to be knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and accessible. He accurately evaluated my case and offered sound advice. He explained to me his plan for handling my case and kept me apprised at each step in the process. He answered my questions and always responded to my emails and phone calls promptly. The end result after my court date was even better than I had expected. I will definitely call him if I ever again have need of legal services."

Pursuant to the Rules of Professional Responsibility, the results of this client under their specific facts may differ from your results under the facts of your case.


Areas of Practice


Driving While Impaired (DWI / DUI)
Alcohol Possession
Assault Charge
Drug Possession
Larceny, Shoplifting
Trespassing Charge
Probation Violation
Juvenile Criminal Charge


Child Custody and Child Support
Car Accidents
Bicycle Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Premise Liability


Speeding Ticket Reckless Driving
No Operator’s License
Driving While License Revoked
Stop sign and Red Light Ticket
Insurance and Registration Ticket
Seat Belt Ticket Hit and Run