Foley Hoag LLP litigation partner Martin F. Murphy has been named president of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) for a one-year term, effective September 1, 2020. As president, Murphy will be involved in many crucial advocacy efforts to improve and promote access to justice and racial equity in the legal profession and the City of Boston. He will also help the BBA further its mission to provide tools and opportunities to help its members develop successful practices and careers as well as help shape how lawyers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to his role as president, Murphy chairs and co-chairs several of the BBA’s working groups including the COVID-19 Response Working Group, Immigration Working Group, Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform, Death Penalty Working Group and the Task Force to Prevent Wrongful Convictions. He previously served as the BBA’s president-elect, treasurer and secretary.
“The firm congratulates Marty as he begins his term as BBA president,” said Foley Hoag Co-Managing Partner Kenneth Leonetti. “He is a seasoned courtroom advocate and negotiator whose pursuit of racial justice - in Boston and in the legal profession - will continue to support the BBA’s long tradition of defending the rule of law.”
Murphy takes office at a time when the legal profession faces unprecedented circumstances. “The global health crisis and the resulting economic issues create daunting challenges for lawyers, their clients and the courts. Violence against Black men and women have prompted many to call for a re-examination of our legal system’s approach to many issues,” Murphy said. “They are matters of principle that explore the core of what we as lawyers can do to ensure the law is a tool for seeking justice, not an instrument of oppression. I believe lawyers, now more than ever, must meet the call to make the pursuit of racial justice a defining focus of our work.”
A partner at Foley Hoag for over 15 years, Murphy represents companies, individuals, educational and other non-profit institutions and law firms in complex civil litigation, criminal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. He also conducts investigations for companies and non-profit institutions across a wide array of subjects, including reviews of university gift policies, institutional responses to sexual abuse, allegations of securities fraud, market manipulation, obstruction of justice, workplace hate crimes, and allegations of excessive executive compensation.
Murphy serves as the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Regent for the First Circuit and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. By appointment of the United States District Court, he serves on the Board of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. He also served as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission from 2010 to 2015.
Murphy follows a distinguished group of Foley Hoag partners who have previously served as BBA President, including Julia Huston (2014-2015), Michael B. Keating (2001-2002) and Sandra Lynch (1992-1993).
About the Boston Bar Association
The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.