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: non-contentious

The insurance team at DLA Piper LLP (US) has particularly strong offerings in insurtech and venture capital, and also handles cross-border M&A, restructurings, product development, entity formation and dissolution, and investigations. Prakash (PK) Paran and David Luce managed a number of M&A transactions for the Zurich Insurance Group, including the acquisition of two intermediary businesses. Paran jointly heads the practice with Michael Murphy, who has experience in representing insurance clients in claims relating to the energy and construction sectors. Senior counsel and financial services regulatory specialist Nicholas Kourides is also noted. All named partners are based in New York.

United States > Industry focus > Insurance: advice to insurers

The New York team at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles coverage litigation relating to cyber insurance, fraud, personal injury, product liability, toxic and mass tort, environmental claims, and bad faith claims against insurers. The team has experience in representing industry clients in class action litigation, with practice co-chair Michael Murphy currently defending Catalina Holdings in a price fixing case alleging that Catalina conspired with bailbond agents and industry trade groups over a period of 30 years. Prakash (PK) Paran also co-chairs the practice. Aidan McCormack is recommended for ‘complex and high value cases.’