Thomas J. Murphy represents clients in white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, as well as in various quasi-criminal and regulatory proceedings. Mr. Murphy also handles internal investigations for clients concerning matters of statutory and regulatory compliance, and conducts fact-finding investigations for both governmental and private entities in response to allegations of misconduct by officers and employees. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers for his work in white collar criminal defense. In addition, Mr. Murphy represents clients in a wide range of civil litigation, including commercial disputes, qui tam claims, and personal injury actions, in court, arbitration, and mediation. In 2015, Mr. Murphy was inducted into the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Personal Injury Hall of Fame for his successful recovery at trial of a multi-million-dollar verdict in a wrongful death action. In 2018, Mr. Murphy was selected as a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and was also recognized as one of the 2018 Irish Legal 100 selected by the Irish Voice.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Murphy served from 1990 to 1997 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Murphy handled complex white collar prosecutions, spanning the breadth of federal crimes, from the grand jury investigative stage through trial and appeal. While at the United States Attorney’s Office in 1997, Mr. Murphy received the Executive Office of United States Attorneys Award for Superior Performance for his successful prosecution of the largest real estate investment fraud perpetrated in Connecticut.
From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Murphy was associated with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he represented individuals and institutions in a wide variety of civil and white collar criminal matters. Mr. Murphy served as the Chairman of the United States District Court’s Magistrate Merit Review Panel considering the reappointment of United States Magistrate Judges from 2008 to 2012. He formerly served on the Federal Grievance Committee of the United States District Court, and was a member of the Federal Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association. As a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Law, Mr. Murphy has taught both Appellate Practice and Criminal Procedure.
Mr. Murphy served as law clerk to the Honorable George C. Pratt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1985 to 1987. He graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the St. John’s Law Review. Mr. Murphy is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University.