Committed to improving Albuquerque as
Judge for the 2nd Judicial District Court

Judge David A. Murphy was appointed to the 2nd Judicial District Court by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in July of 2022, after having been nominated by the bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission. Prior to joining the District Court bench, Judge Murphy served as a Metropolitan Court Judge, where he presided over the Community Veterans Court program. Judge Murphy serves on the Supreme Court's Equity & Justice Commission, and works at Adjunct Faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Judge Murphy works to run his courtroom with an emphasis on transparency and procedural fairness, ensuring that all voices are heard. 

Judge Murphy was raised in a military family, and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. After graduating from Albuquerque Public Schools, he continued his education at the University of New Mexico graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in History.  Judge Murphy attended the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor.  In 2008, he joined the Law Office of the Public Defender working to defend those who could not afford representation.  This was a pivotal career move for him as it was here Judge Murphy made the decision to dedicate his career to public service.  

In 2012 Judge Murphy began working as a prosecutor.  He focused on prosecuting violent and financial crimes, while placing additional emphasis on prosecuting financial exploitation of the elderly.  Judge Murphy joined the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud & Elder Abuse Division, working a statewide caseload to investigate and prosecute corruption in the healthcare industry. Most recently, Judge Murphy was recruited to lead a team of ten prosecutors combating the stolen vehicle problem in Albuquerque for the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  Under his leadership, and in cooperation with local law enforcement, his team’s efforts yielded a drop in vehicle theft in Albuquerque for 2018.

Judge Murphy and his husband, Damien DeMenno, are uncles to Zane, Wren, and Jaden.  Damien is a Project Manager for Century Sign Builders, a local, woman-owned corporation.  Many evenings you can find them riding their bikes or enjoying the Bosque trails with their dog Buster.