Paul Murphy’s practice focuses on representing individuals and entities in government investigations, criminal prosecutions, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. Mr. Murphy has represented directors and officers, executives, fund managers, entrepreneurs, chief compliance officers, and other professionals in connection with federal criminal prosecutions and investigations, as well as regulatory enforcement matters involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and other government agencies. He also has skillfully navigated clients through high-stakes internal investigations. He focuses on matters involving allegations of securities and commodities fraud, health care fraud, and corporate malfeasance, and he has deep experience in cross-border investigations and prosecutions involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and international fraud schemes from his more than 14 years of experience as a federal prosecutor. Mr. Murphy is an experienced trial lawyer, having conducted numerous trials in federal criminal and civil cases. He advocates on behalf of his clients with a keen sense of discretion and an appreciation of the importance of steering clients through difficult situations without any charges being filed.
From 2014 to 2019, Mr. Murphy served in the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where he became the Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit. He worked for the previous nine years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, where he served as Deputy Chief of the Financial and Public Corruption Unit. His work in both offices spanned securities fraud, tax evasion, wire fraud, market manipulation schemes, investment adviser fraud, commodities fraud, FCPA violations, international bank fraud schemes, and money laundering. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Murphy conducted and supervised major white collar criminal prosecutions involving an array of complex business crimes at publicly traded companies, hedge funds, and financial institutions. Mr. Murphy joined the Department of Justice days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, working on international terrorism investigations.
Mr. Murphy began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then was an associate at Williams & Connolly LLP. Most recently, he was a partner at a boutique firm in New York. Mr. Murphy graduated from St. John’s University School of Law cum laude, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.