Murphy & McGonigle serves the litigation, enforcement defense, and regulatory counseling needs of clients across the full spectrum of the financial services industry, from national banks, brokers dealers, investment advisors and hedge funds to national and international markets and exchanges. In 2021, the firm was named “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation by U.S. News – Best Lawyer Firms, the first time a boutique law firm has been so recognized in that category.
Our attorneys collectively have more than 100 years of experience within the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. One of our partners was Executive Assistant to SEC Chairman John Shad before becoming an Associate Director in the Division of Enforcement and head of the SEC’s Bank Fraud Working Group, Chairman of the SEC Penny Stock Task Force and a member of the Justice Department’s National Bank Fraud Working Group and Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group. Another was the Principal Assistant Director for Enforcement. One partner served as Senior Counsel for Market Regulation to SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt. Yet another partner rose to the position of Senior Associate Director for Trading Practices and Processing in the Division of Trading and Markets before transitioning to private practice.
In all, 15 of our partners are alumni of the SEC and many were personally involved in some of the most significant actions brought by the SEC, including cases involving WorldCom, Salomon Brothers, and Prudential Securities. Since entering private practice, we have represented clients in a wide variety of high profile cases, including Enron, Tyco, Time Warner, Royal Dutch Shell, Sunbeam, Freddie Mac and many others.
Five partners formerly served as federal prosecutors at the U.S. Department of Justice, and three were previously at the CFTC. In forming our firm and expanding our talent pool, we have recruited talented, experienced, and dedicated attorneys who have practiced at leading law firms (including Shearman & Sterling, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Mayer Brown, O’Melveny & Meyers, Davis Polk, Jones Day and others). Some of our partners have served in senior corporate positions at major financial institutions, including Merrill Lynch, Archipelago, Instinet, MasterCard, UBS Financial Services, PaineWebber and Goldman Sachs. Our attorneys have served as lead counsel in many high-profile cases, including multi-billion dollar mortgage securitization litigation, PSLRA securities class actions, “cash sweep” cases, white collar criminal cases and numerous federal appellate cases.
Our sophisticated electronic discovery and data management consulting practice, StraDIM, backs up our litigation and enforcement practices and also assists some of our larger corporate clients in managing e-discovery as a stand-alone practice group. This dedicated group brings together some of the top minds in cutting edge electronic discovery combined with the very latest in technology in order to provide efficient document review and production that conforms to emerging trends in the case law and evolving standards for the proper handling of electronic data and documents. At Murphy & McGonigle, we don’t take our clients for granted. Although we are immensely grateful for the vote of confidence we have received from our existing client base, we know we must earn our clients’ trust and confidence every day. And that’s exactly what we intend to do.
Murphy & McGonigle operates in New York, Washington, DC., Virginia, Chicago and San Francisco.
- Best Lawyers - 2017 National Tier One Law Firm in Securities Regulation
- Best Lawyers - 2017 National Tier One Law Firm in Litigation Securities
- Best Lawyers - 2017 National Tier One Law Firm in Corporate Law
- Best Lawyers - 2016 National Tier One Law Firm in Securities Regulation
- Best Lawyers - 2015 National Tier One Law Firm in Securities Regulation
- Best Lawyers--2014 National Tier One Law Firm in Securities Regulation
- Best Lawyers--2013 National Tier One Law Firm in Securities Regulation
Firm Practice Areas
- Banking and Finance Law
- Corporate Compliance Law
- Corporate Governance Law
- Corporate Law
- Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law
- Litigation - Securities
- Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
- Securities / Capital Markets Law
- Securities Regulation