I am pleased to report that 2017 was another banner year for Murphy & McGonigle.
We were delighted to welcome three highly accomplished partners to our D.C. office. Michele Rose is a senior securities defense litigator and Carol Elder Bruce is a highly acclaimed trial lawyer and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Our third new D.C. partner, Lionel André, joined us directly from the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
In 2017, we continued to develop new client tools and solutions through our Innovation Lab. We launched a website, CapitalMarketsReform.com, which houses an interactive database we built to track the progress of the 91 capital markets reform recommendations issued by the U.S. Treasury Department. The database tracks the progress of each of the reform proposals through the legislative or agency rulemaking process.
We are continuing to participate with our clients in industry FinTech working groups such as the HyperLedger Project, an international open source collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technologies. We advised clients on a host of legal and regulatory issues surrounding new products and financial instruments such as ICOs (initial coin offerings) as well as derivative products and trading systems for cryptocurrencies.
We continued to be called upon to lead engagements on high-exposure and “bet the company” litigation and investigations for both foreign and domestic companies.
We were honored again this year to be selected by U.S. News & World Report as a National Tier One Law Firm in the areas of Securities Litigation, Securities Regulation and Corporate Law. Only 25 law firms in the world received National Tier One recognition in all three of these categories.
We moved to larger offices in the District of Columbia to accommodate our growing practices in SEC Enforcement, White Collar Criminal Defense, and Complex Civil Litigation. Our clients continued to show their trust and confidence in us by calling on our firm to handle some of their most important and sensitive legal matters in 2017. We never lose sight of the fact that we must earn that trust and confidence every day.
On behalf of all the lawyers and staff at Murphy & McGonigle, we thank you for your continued support.
James A. Murphy