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Commodity Futures Trading Commission Counsel Joins Murphy & McGonigle

Brian Walsh, CFTC Enforcement Attorney, Joins Law Firm's Washington, D.C. Office

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Murphy & McGonigle, P.C. announced today that Brian Walsh has joined the firm's Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Walsh's arrival enhances the financial services law boutique's ability to serve futures market participants and marks the firm's continued attraction of top litigation and regulatory talent since first opening its doors in 2010.

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"We are delighted to welcome Brian and his expertise in the burgeoning field of derivatives-related regulation to our firm," said James Murphy, Chairman of Murphy & McGonigle.  "Brian's decision to join our firm further validates our commitment to building an All-star team of legal talent to advise participants in all sectors of the financial services industry," continued Murphy.

Mr. Walsh joins Murphy & McGonigle from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he served as a Trial Attorney in the Division of Enforcement.  While at the CFTC, Walsh handled investigations and litigation involving potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations related to trade practices, margin, segregation of funds and manipulation.   Prior to his time as Trial Attorney, Mr. Walsh served as an attorney and advisor to the CFTC's Director of Enforcement.  In this position, he participated substantially in the CFTC's initial inquiry into the May 6, 2010 "Flash Crash."  He also served on a number of Dodd-Frank rulemaking teams during his tenure, including those focused on anti-manipulation, disruptive trading practices and systemically important clearing organizations.

"We are pleased to add Brian's significant experience with futures trading practices and CFTC market regulation to our already deep equities and options markets expertise," commented Joseph Lombard, head of the firm's Trading & Markets Counseling practice group.  Walsh's arrival further expands the firm's capabilities with respect to complex derivatives-related regulatory investigations, building on the addition of Rob Park last year.  Mr. Park served as the liaison between the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and the CFTC, among other roles, during his tenure in the DOJ's Fraud Section.

"Murphy & McGonigle's impressive enforcement defense and market regulatory practices and commitment to world class service make it the ideal fit for me," said Mr. Walsh.  "It is truly a law firm with a focused mission and shared vision.  I am excited to be a part of it."

About Murphy & McGonigle
Murphy & McGonigle has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as a National Tier One law firm in Securities Regulation for 2014.  Three years ago, the firm was founded on an innovative law firm model that rigorously controls overhead while providing its attorneys and clients with state-of-the-art technology and litigation support to ensure both world-class service and maximum cost-efficiency.  In the years since the financial crisis, that model has become increasingly attractive for clients in the financial services industry.

Murphy & McGonigle serves the litigation, enforcement defense, and regulatory counseling needs of clients across the full spectrum of the financial services industry – from national banks, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and hedge funds, to national and international securities markets and exchanges.  Nine of the firm's partners formerly served in senior positions at the SEC and several have served in senior executive positions in major financial institutions on Wall Street and elsewhere. 

Murphy & McGonigle operates out of offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia.

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