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Sean M. Murphy '91 has been named a partner in the litigation department of the New York law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, he was a partner in the New York office of Clifford Chance LLP, where he was a member of that firm's securities litigation and antitrust practice groups.

Murphy's practice focuses on securities and antitrust matters; he has defended companies in class action and derivative litigation, often involving regulatory investigations by federal or state agencies. In securities litigation, Murphy has defended dozens of companies and financial institutions in multi-jurisdictional class actions on a wide range of issues under the federal securities laws. His antitrust experience involves defending litigation on issues including conspiracy or monopolization allegations; exchanges of information; deal structuring; trade association membership; and vertical agreements and relationships. He has also worked on antitrust investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, and has obtained regulatory clearance on numerous mergers and acquisitions involving assets of over $1 billion. Murphy has represented clients such as DuPont, Hearst Corporation, Nine West, Shell Oil and Tyco International, on a wide range of antitrust issues.

Murphy has spoken on a number of panels about litigation issues, and has written a number of articles, including "The Trial of a Securities Case" (1996), "Litigation Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act" (1997), "Recent Developments in Litigation Under the Investment Company Act of 1940" (2004) and "Mutual Funds Under Scrutiny" (2005).

He received his law degree with honors from Albany Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Albany Law Review. He earned his St. Lawrence degree in government, and participated in the London program while an undergraduate.

Posted: October 27, 2005

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