David Murphy

Mediator/Arbitrator/Independent Panelist

(949) 760-5288

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David Murphy is one of the most seasoned litigators in America.  He joined Phillips ADR in April 2017, bringing three decades of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants before courts and arbitration panels all over the country.

A retired partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, David’s practice focused on litigating and resolving complex disputes involving investors, consumers, regulators and leading businesses.  He represented plaintiffs in securities law, breach of contract and defamation litigation, and also defended class action, shareholder derivative, tort, contract and antitrust disputes.

While at Wachtell, Lipton, David negotiated several key aspects of the landmark national tobacco settlement with the state attorneys general.  Later, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, he counseled major financial institutions, and represented individuals before Congress and a special legislative commission.  On several occasions, he was retained to conduct investigations on behalf of federal bank regulators, including the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  He also handled international investigations and settlements involving the FCPA, sanctions and anti-money laundering laws, and the USA Patriot Act.

After graduating with honors from Yale University, David attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he won the annual Hinton moot court competition, the Mulroy prize for oral advocacy, and the Beale Prize for legal research and writing.  After law school, he clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Judge Charles L. Brieant of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.

An avid racing sailor since childhood, David and his family reside in Rowayton, Connecticut.

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