Ellen M. Murphy


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Ellen Murphy has represented individuals and organizations in a variety of civil, criminal and regulatory matters.

Her practice focuses on white-collar defense and complex civil litigation. Her cases have involved allegations of public corruption, securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, SEC investigations, securities class actions and complex commercial litigations.

Ellen has significant experience litigating almost every aspect of civil and criminal cases and also has extensive experience handling mediations and all aspects of arbitrations. Ellen has tried criminal cases to verdict and arbitrations to final decisions. She has represented both individuals and corporations under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the District Attorney’s Office, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and FINRA. She also has represented both companies conducting internal investigations and individuals in connection with those investigations.

    • Representing a global food distribution company in a grand jury investigation related to alleged OFAC violations concerning transactions with a company purportedly owned or controlled by a global terrorist.

    • Representing a private equity firm and its partners related to an SEC investigation concerning alleged violations of the SEC’s registration rules.

    • 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.

    • Represented former Chief of Staff to President of University in an internal investigation related to allegations of improper gratuities.

    • Represented former audit committee members of a public company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations related alleged accounting improprieties and whistleblower complaint.

    • Represented a former investment banker in an insider trading prosecution by United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and parallel SEC civil and administrative actions.

    • Represented the Chief Executive Officer of a health network in trial and appeal relating to a bribery prosecution brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

    • Representing the former Chief Financial Officer of Och Ziff in a securities class action in the Southern District of New York.

    • Representing the former Chief Financial Officer of Hangar in securities class action in the Western District of Texas.

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