Irish Legal 100


ERIN E. Murphy is a founding partner of Clement & Murphy PLLC in Washington, D.C. She is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court and appellate advocates.

Murphy has argued dozens of cases in appellate and trial courts throughout the country, including the United States Supreme Court and nearly all of the federal courts of appeals. She has litigated appeals involving myriad provisions of the Constitution, including several cases involving the Constitution’s structural protections of liberty.

Murphy has litigated a wide range of statutory issues as well, including cases involving the Affordable Care Act, the Bankruptcy Code, the False Claims Act, the Federal Arbitration Act, the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and more.

The National Law Journal named Murphy a Litigation Trailblazer for her work representing institutional clients, which includes successfully arguing before the Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Wisconsin State Legislature. She has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s Outstanding Women Lawyers.

Murphy has an active pro bono practice through which she has successfully represented many religious organizations and adherents, criminal defendants, asylum applicants, adoptive parents, and more.

Murphy is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, a member and former officer of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and a frequent speaker on topics relating to the Supreme Court and appellate advocacy. In her spare time, she serves on the boards of directors of Street Law and the Mother of Light Center.

Murphy earned a BS from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and a JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Murphy is fourth generation Irish on both sides. Her maternal grandmother’s parents (Moran and Kennedy) came from counties Roscommon and Mayo. Her paternal grandfather’s parents (Murphy and O’Connell) both came from Co. Kerry.

“I have been to both Ireland and Northern Ireland. I still recall seeking out a Moran’s pub as kids that family lore has it was very close to where grandma’s family lived I’ve been told that we still have some extended Murphy family living in Ireland, but I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting them,” Murphy says.





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