Michael Murphy > DLA Piper LLP (US) > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1104
United States
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Work Department

Insurance; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes


Partner; Global Co-Chair, Insurance Sector


Michael Murphy is the Global Chair of DLA Piper’s 300 plus lawyer Insurance & Reinsurance Sector Practice. He represents financial services industry and other clients globally in a wide range of transactions and business litigation with particular emphasis on reinsurance and insurance-related litigation and arbitration.

Michael serves as international counsel for insurers and reinsurers in transactions and disputes throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Asia, Bermuda and elsewhere around the world.

Michael has been lead counsel in hundreds of high-stakes and precedent-setting insurance cases and reinsurance arbitrations, including cases involving securities, asbestos, environmental, pharmaceutical, technology, product liability, employment, breast implant, construction defect, professional liability, directors and officer liability, advertising liability, entertainment, and toxic and mass tort claims. He also has extensive first-party reinsurance arbitration experience and has represented reinsurers and retrocessionaires in disputes in the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Brazil, Australia and in the Netherlands.

Michael also has extensive experience representing insurance and reinsurance industry clients in high value claims relating to the energy and construction sectors, including on and off shore energy matters on all continents. In addition, he has experience representing industry clients in class action litigation; proceedings against agents, brokers and intermediaries; market conduct proceedings; commercial disputes; and complex one-of-a-kind litigations and transactions.


J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law; B.A., Canisius College

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers

The ‘deeply knowledgeable and business-conscious‘ New York insurance department at DLA Piper LLP (US) is ‘one of the few practice groups that can provide outstanding legal advice with legitimate courtroom skills‘. It focuses on claims relating to securities, asbestos, environmental issues, product liability, D&O, fraud, tort and transaction liability, as well as international disputes in the London and Hong Kong markets. Aidan McCormack advised Brit Insurance on a $64m professional liability insurance coverage and bad faith claim against Lloyd’s and London Market insurers regarding an underlying legal malpractice claim. International business litigator Michael Murphy serves as global chair for insurance and reinsurance. Clients also recommend the ‘unflappable and incredibly creative‘ Joseph Finnerty III, who counts Beazley among his clients, and ‘consistently high performer‘ Megan Shea. The firm’s New York office was also boosted by the relocation of global insurance sector co-chair PK Paran from London in early 2019.