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Michael P. Murphy

Michael P. Murphy


Michael Murphy is an American trial lawyer and a Senior Partner at DLA Piper. He has extensive experience in complex civil and corporate litigation, including high profile internal, SEC and OFAC investigations, bet the company insurance, reinsurance and financial services sector transactions and disputes, white collar litigation, antitrust and complex class action litigation. For more than three decades, prominent business figures, professional athletes, top talent, and leading global companies in a range of industries have entrusted their gravest legal challenges to him. Michael has expertise in the (Re) Insurance, Financial Services and Industrials sectors where, for 30 years, he has been widely recognized as one of the leading practitioners globally.

Bar admissionsNew York
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the Northern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the Western District of New YorkUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • B.A., Canisius College


  • Chambers USA
    2012-17 - Band 3, New York Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer
  • The Legal 500 United States
    2021 - Recommended, Insurance: Advice to Insurers
    2021 - Recommended, Insurance: Non-contentious
    2015-20 - Recommended, Insurance: Advice to Insurers
    2020, 2016-18 - Recommended, Insurance: Non-contentious

Intelligent Insurer has recognized Michael among the top eight re/insurance industry lawyers in the United States, based on an industry-wide survey of executives and general counsel. Based on that industry survey, Michael's team was named among the top three US litigation teams. In May 2011, Reactions ranked his team among the top two in the United States for insurance and reinsurance generally and for insurance litigation specifically. Euromoney consistently recognizes Michael in its Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers.

Insight Overview

Michael has written extensively on issues of importance to the insurance and reinsurance communities.

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Michael was a national law firm's seniormost partner, Chair of the firm's Insurance and Reinsurance practice and co-chair of its International Practice and Global Strategies group. He was responsible for the development of the firm's global platform and for its non-US operations. Michael was also a member of the firm's Policy Committee, its governing body.

Michael is also a venture capitalist and is a founding shareholder of Shadow Rock, a firm that invests in various sectors including the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, technology, real estate and entertainment sectors.

Memberships And Affiliations

Michael has served on the Insurance and Reinsurance Faculty of the Practicing Law Institute, the American Insurance Association, HB Litigation, Mealey's Insurance and Reinsurance, The State University of New York Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence and other educational institutions. He is a member of ARIAS-US.