James A. Murphy: Here at Murphy & McGonigle, our focus is on representing companies in the financial services industry. Specifically, that means commercial banks in the U.S. and abroad, investment banks, securities brokerage firms, hedge funds and private equity. We also represent stock markets and exchanges, along with public companies of all kinds and their officers, directors and boards in securities litigation and white collar criminal cases. Murphy & McGonigle is a different kind of law firm. When we started in 2010, we designed it from the ground up to be an efficient and bureaucracy free place, where our lawyers could focus on one thing: delivering world class service to our clients. We embrace technology to help us deliver solutions that are faster and just plain better. We started with just 14 lawyers in 2010 and have grown to 45 lawyers today. It's fair to say we have maintained a very high bar for talent. We have several attorneys who previously worked at the SEC, many of them in senior positions in enforcement and trading and markets. Others previously served in senior positions at the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan, FINRA, and the CFTC. We also have lawyers who served in senior positions within large financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, UBS and MasterCard. So our goal was to build an all-star team of legal talent here, and we are well on our way. The pace of innovation in the financial services sphere is faster than ever. As financial services firms expand their digital offerings, they need specialized advice from lawyers who are comfortable on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. We advise on a myriad of regulatory issues, from Blockchain applications to new digital products for clients who are looking for a trusted partner that can help them seize new opportunities through innovation. We even have an innovation lab of our own, where we create faster, more efficient solutions for our clients through technology. We create interactive databases that leverage client and law firm data for better insights leading to better decisions. We design legal apps and have hired our own full-time computer coder. It's an exciting time to be a trusted advisor to our clients that are leading the wave of innovation in financial services. From a culture perspective, diversity and inclusion has been a core value since the day we started, and we have a sincere devotion to meaningful community service. We are immensely grateful to our clients, who've called on us since the beginning to help them meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.
A Message from the Chairman
A message from James Murphy, CEO at Murphy & McGonigle.