Ellen M. Murphy


New York

Ellen Murphy is a dedicated advocate and trusted advisor.

Her practice focuses on advising financial institutions, public and private companies, boards and executives in a variety of regulatory, criminal, internal and civil investigations and litigations. Ellen has significant experience litigating every aspect of civil and criminal cases and has extensive experience handling mediations and arbitrations.

For more than 18 years, Ellen has represented clients in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, State Attorney General Offices, State District Attorney Offices and other regulatory agencies. She also conducts internal investigations on behalf of her clients and represents individual executives and employees in connection with those investigations. Ellen represents both individuals and corporations in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions and pursuing and defending complex commercial matters. Her cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, accounting fraud, mail and wire fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, and spoofing.

    • Represented Lumber Liquidators in connection with DOJ and SEC cross border investigation related to its public statements regarding the safety and compliance of its Chinese-made laminate flooring.

    • Represented a U.S. Treasuries trader in investigation by DOJ and SEC related to allegations of spoofing and manipulative trading

    • Conducted internal investigation for multi-billion-dollar hedge fund related to potential insider trading and represented the firm in related investigation by the SEC.

    •  Represented an ETF sponsor and registered investment advisor in an internal investigation related to alleged kickbacks and gratuities paid to individuals on the firm’s institutional trading desk.

    • Advising global investment bank that acted as underwriter for municipal bond offering related to underperforming bond, including investigating due diligence efforts and accuracy of offering materials and public disclosures

    • Represented the former Chief Financial Officer of Och Ziff Capital in a securities class action related to internal controls, accounting, and disclosure issues arising from an FCPA investigation

    • Represented former CFO of business unit of a multinational conglomeratein connection with SEC investigation related to revenue recognition and adequacy of disclosures in public filings.

    • Conducted internal investigation for private company related to importation of products from Vietnam, potential violations of the Enforce and Protect Act, and other related compliance issues

    • Represented lead and syndicate underwriter in connection with over 300 coordinated securities class actions related to the dotcom IPOs, In re IPO Securities Litigation.