Rachel Murphy



Rachel Murphy's practice centers on government investigations and proceedings, internal investigations, and civil litigation. She has represented individuals and companies in a range of government investigations, including criminal matters before the Department of Justice. Ms. Murphy also has experience advising clients on complex civil matters, including False Claims Act litigation and compliance. 

Ms. Murphy shares the firm's commitment to pro bono work. She successfully argued an ineffective assistance of counsel claim before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, securing a reversal of her client's sentence. In addition, she has represented nonprofit clients in appellate proceedings involving novel issues of criminal law.

Ms. Murphy joined the firm after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Morton I. Greenberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and to the Honorable Charles F. Lettow of the US Court of Federal Claims.

Before clerking, Ms. Murphy independently conducted criminal jury and bench trials while interning with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston. She also completed internships with the Economic Crimes Unit of the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts and the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice's Civil Division.

Publications & News


May 4, 2017

Corporate Governance in the Trump Era: A Note of Caution

In a recent article in Westlaw Journal Corporate Officers & Directors Liability, William R. McLucas and Rachel Murphy warn companies against relaxing their corporate governance and oversight standards due to expectations that under the Trump Administration, the government's law enforcement efforts with respect to corporate conduct may be less aggressive than what we have seen over the past decade or so. This article was also published in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

August 10, 2016

Separation Panes: Emerging Litigation Over Window Sealant

Brent Gurney and Rachel Murphy, in an article published by Law360, outline why litigation involving polyisobutylene has become a source of anxiety for building owners, contractors, subcontractors and PIB manufacturers.

January 13, 2014

Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Construction and Design Professionals

An article co-authored by Brent Gurney and Rachel Murphy, published in the January 13, 2014 edition of New York Law Journal.

August 6, 2013

Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance Promotes Pro Bono and Public Interest Lawyers

WilmerHale partner and co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee Kimberly Parker, served as a panelist at the Harvard Law School (HLS) Women’s Alliance of DC’s Public Interest and Pro Bono Panel on July 18, 2013, in Washington DC.

Professional Activities

Ms. Murphy is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims. 


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JD, Harvard Law School, 2010, Supervising Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation

BA, English and Spanish, 2007, summa cum laude, University of Florida, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia



The Hon. Morton I. Greenberg, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2011 - 2012

The Hon. Charles F. Lettow, US Court of Federal Claims, 2010 - 2011

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