Richard G. Murphy, Jr.: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Richard G. Murphy, Jr.

Of Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Nuclear
  • Labor & Employment
  • Insurance
  • Crisis Management
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0635
Fax: 202-637-3593
University Brown University, A.B.
Law SchoolVanderbilt University Law School, J.D. Order of the Coif
Admitted1973, Georgia; 2001, District of Columbia
BornSpringfield, Illinois, August 31, 1948

With a career that spans four decades, Rick Murphy helps clients develop legal strategies in complex commercial litigation. He represents organizations in various industries, including banking, telecommunications, transportation, oil and gas and nuclear energy.

Throughout his career, Rick has counseled creditors and other parties in interest in reorganization proceedings throughout the United States. In that capacity, he has appeared in Chapter 11 cases in federal bankruptcy courts in more than 15 states.

Rick is an advocate in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, including representing clients in arbitrations concerning remediation of radiological contamination in manufacturing facilities and interpretation of technology licensing agreements.

Rick served as Partner in Charge of the firm's Washington Office from 2007 to 2015 and as Co-Leader of the firmwide Litigation Practice Group from 2008 to 2014. The senior litigator on Sutherland's Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights team, Rick is also a member of Sutherland's Crisis Management and Complex Litigation team, which defends companies facing challenges on multiple fronts.

Selected Experience

Advised energy-industry clients on bankruptcies of major market participants, including Enron and Power Company of America.

Resolved favorably a $700 million dispute with a Japanese manufacturer on behalf of a global energy company through ICC arbitration in Zurich.

Represents a national transportation company in employment classification matters related to individual owner/operators of delivery vehicles.

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Counterparty Rights in Energy Bankruptcies
James M. Cain,Eric R. Fenichel,Catherine M. Krupka,David T. McIndoe,Richard G. Murphy, February 13, 2015
For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp decline of prices in numerous commodities and forecasts of higher...

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Richard G. Murphy, Jr.

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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