Matthew T. Murphy

Matthew Murphy

Matt Murphy is an experienced litigator, trial attorney, and counselor who focuses his practice on complex white collar investigations and defense. Matt represents companies and individuals in a variety of industries, including financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, insurance carriers, and health insurers. He has practiced in courts throughout the country, including at trial. Matt’s extensive white collar investigations and defense work involves enforcement authorities that include the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), state attorneys general, and district attorneys’ offices.

Before joining Venable, Matt was an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and, more recently, in private practice at a major law firm.


Government Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Representative Matters

White Collar Investigations and Defense

  • Represented financial institutions and individuals in connection with investigations conducted by criminal and regulatory authorities, including U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, State Attorneys General, and District Attorneys’ Offices
  • Represented individuals in connection with alleged violations of securities laws
  • Represented a major health insurance company in an investigation regarding billing and reimbursement practices and procedures
  • Represented a private equity firm in an international bid-rigging antitrust investigation of a portfolio company
  • Represented a former bond trader in connection with an investigation concerning alleged price misrepresentations to counterparties
  • Represented a former senior media manager in connection with an anti-money laundering investigation into a financial institution
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with congressional and criminal investigations
  • Represented a publicly traded company in connection with an internal investigation of lobbying practices
  • Represented a trading desk supervisor in connection with an investigation into interest rate swap transactions
  • Represented a former board member of a publicly traded pharmaceutical company in a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation regarding a proposed merger
  • Represented an individual in connection with an investigation into alleged bond “parking” practices
  • Represented a financial institution in connection with a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation
  • Represented a college in an investigation of off-the-book payments to employees and expense fraud

Securities and Commercial Litigation

  • Represented a leading pharmaceutical company in nationwide litigation against state and local governments
  • Represented former board members in merger-related litigation in Delaware Chancery Court
  • Represented a sports and entertainment consulting company in matters related to franchise relocations and contract disputes in Federal Court
  • Represented a clean energy developer and operator in breach of contract litigation in Delaware Chancery Court
  • Represented a major mining company in connection with a federal antitrust lawsuit
  • Represented an investment bank and brokerage firm in connection with alleged Financial Industry Regulatory Authority violations
  • Represented a film equipment manufacturer in a dispute arising from an Intercreditor Agreement
  • Represented a global financial institution in several contract disputes

Trial Practice and Courtroom Experience

  • Represented an insurance company against a utility company during multiple jury trials in the New York Commercial Division
  • Conducted oral arguments before the New York State Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division, First Department




  • J.D. Boston College Law School 2009
  • B.A. English Boston College 2006

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Sanctuary For Families, Above & Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Award, 2019


Pro Bono

  • Maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing largely on the representation of children and victims of violent crimes. Partnered with organizations, including Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Legal Services for New York City, and Sanctuary for Families.