Richard G. Murphy, Jr.

Richard G. Murphy, Jr.: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP AV stamp icon
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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 Eversheds Sutherland's Washington Office from 2007 to 2015 and was Co-Leader of the firmwide Litigation practice from 2008 to 2014. The senior litigator on Eversheds Sutherland (US) Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights team, Rick is also a member of Eversheds Sutherland (US) Crisis Management and Complex Litigation team, which defends companies facing challenges on multiple fronts.

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•Crisis Response & Incident Investigation


“I’ve practiced law for 40 years, and I’ve found that developing relationships with clients is always rewarding.”


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.
Secured a $16 million remediation award for Westinghouse in a series of arbitrations related to a seller's obligations to remediate radioactive contamination.
Assisted in the BP oil spill litigation and guided the drilling contractor through crisis management and regulatory issues following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Represented a global energy company in series of successful arbitrations concerning radiological contamination.

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy
  • Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Nuclear
  • Labor & Employment
  • Insurance
  • Crisis Management
  • Energy Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • International Arbitration

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0635  Phone
University Attended:
Brown University, A.B.
Law School Attended:
Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; Court of Appeals of District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; Supreme Court of Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; District of Columbia; Georgia
Birth Information:
Springfield, Illinois, August 31, 1948

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