Mr. Murphy counsels some of the world’s best known brands, advertising agencies, and entertainment/media companies as they develop and produce advertising and entertainment programs across all media. His practice focuses on copyright, trademark, right of publicity/right of privacy, false advertising, unfair competition, and defamation. Mr. Murphy negotiates and structures celebrity and “influencer” talent agreements, agency-client contracts, sponsorship arrangements, product integration deals, and music, film, and other content licenses. He assists clients in the development and execution of complex contests, sweepstakes, and charitable promotions and programs, including those involving user-generated content that are developed for social media, interactive, and mobile platforms. He also regularly advises clients on issues pertaining to various SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreements. In addition, Mr. Murphy regularly advises clients on the development and production of branded entertainment projects such as television shows, films, live events, electronic games, webisodes, and websites.
Mr. Murphy is a frequent and popular speaker on advertising, entertainment, social media, and intellectual property issues. His recent presentations cover a range of topics and include: “The People are Revolting: Advertising in the Age of Review Sites,” “Married to the Mob: Crowdsourced Substantiation of Advertising Claims,” “What’s the Deal with Native Advertising? (and Why Should You Care?),” “Social Media and Infringement,” “Please Don’t Stop the Music!: Avoiding Infringement Claims When Using Music in Advertising,” and “The Glorious SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract.”
Mr. Murphy previously taught courses on entertainment, copyright and intellectual property at Fordham University Law School and New York Law School. He is a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Brand Activation Association, and the Association of National Advertisers. Mr. Murphy was named 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Advertising law by Best Lawyers in America and is recognized annually for Advertising and Entertainment. He has been named a New York-area “Super Lawyer” for First Amendment, Media, and Advertising law by Super Lawyers magazine, and has received praise in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and The Legal 500.
Mr. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, magna cum laude, 1989; Phi Beta Kappa) and New York University School of Law (JD, cum laude, 1992), where he was an editor of the New York University Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Murphy clerked for the Hon. Leonard B. Sand, United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York.