Paul Newman Murphy

Paul Newman Murphy was appointed by Justice William J. Crain in August 2020 to represent the First Judicial District on the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society’s Board of Directors.

Raised in Elmira, New York, Paul attended Notre Dame High School and Corning Community College.  He also attended the University of Colorado at Boulder as a Geology major.  Before settling in Hammond, Louisiana, Paul lived and worked in the Cariboo region of British Columbia; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Breckinridge, Colorado.  He started a construction company with his brother in 1975 which evolved into building their first restaurant in Hammond, Jacmel Inn, in 1977.  Three years later they  opened Brady’s restaurant in downtown Hammond, a more casual operation, and in 1983 opened Nuvolari’s restaurant in old Mandeville.  All three restaurants survived the 1986-1990 recession of the Tax Reform Act of ‘86, the S & L Crisis, and the $10.50/barrel of oil that crippled Louisiana.

In 1988, Paul was asked by Buddy Roemer to serve on the Louisiana State Racing Commission.  He also served on the Board of Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis Resort in Destin for six years.  Prior to that, he served for five years on the Board of Florida Parishes Bank, a community bank that recently merged with First Bancshares, a Mississippi Bank.  In the last 20 years, Paul has developed three premier properties in downtown Hammond with an architect partner – Longue Leaf Subdivision, Audubon Centre Office Park, and is currently halfway through building an upscale micro townhome development.

Paul is married to Tammy, a BSRN at North Oaks Hospital, and they have one daughter, Darby, who recently graduated with an MBA from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and is currently working with a marketing firm in Mandeville, Louisiana.