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Michael P. Murphy

Michael P. Murphy


Michael Murphy represents financial services industry and other clients globally in a wide range of transactions and business litigation with particular emphasis on reinsurance and insurance-related litigation and arbitration.

Michael serves as international counsel for insurers and reinsurers in transactions and disputes throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Asia, Bermuda and elsewhere around the world.

Michael has been lead counsel in hundreds of high-stakes and precedent-setting insurance cases and reinsurance arbitrations, including cases involving securities, asbestos, environmental, pharmaceutical, technology, product liability, employment, breast implant, construction defect, professional liability, directors and officer liability, advertising liability, entertainment, and toxic and mass tort claims. He also has extensive first-party reinsurance arbitration experience and has represented reinsurers and retrocessionaires in disputes in the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Brazil, Australia and in the Netherlands.

Michael also has extensive experience representing insurance and reinsurance industry clients in high value claims relating to the energy and construction sectors, including on and off shore energy matters on all continents. In addition, he has experience representing industry clients in class action litigation; proceedings against agents, brokers and intermediaries; market conduct proceedings; commercial disputes; and complex one-of-a-kind litigations and transactions.

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.