John W.R. Murray

Partner - New York

John Murray
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John Murray is a partner in Foley Hoag's Securities Litigation and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations practices. His legal practice over the past two decades, at two global law firms and in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has focused primarily on government and corporate internal investigations, securities and commercial litigation and related compliance matters.

During his tenure at the SEC, John worked on multiple investigations and litigations spanning a wide range of substantive issues that arise in enforcement matters, including insider trading, the obligations of asset managers under the Investment Advisers Act and Investment Company Act, regulation of complex structured financial products, and broker-dealer regulation. Some of the more significant of these matters involved: alleged misrepresentations in the marketing and pricing of credit default swaps by a major investment bank and collateral manager; a complex alleged market manipulation scheme involving numerous individuals in several countries in the shares of multiple issuers; alleged offering fraud by a broker-dealer and related individuals in connection with the sale of shares in a factoring fund; alleged fraudulent cherry-picking of stock trades by a registered representative; and alleged insider trading and false Form 13D filings by an investor in a public company in an attempt to conceal the extent of his beneficial ownership. 

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  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1994



Professional Experience

  • Senior Counsel, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. At the SEC, he worked on a broad range of investigations and litigations involving insider trading, public company disclosure and financial reporting, investment adviser and broker-dealer regulation, market manipulation, and regulation of complex financial products.
  • Served as a program director for an international non-governmental organization focused on legal issues relevant to governments and civil society in the developing world, with an emphasis on anti-bribery and anti-corruption.

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  • Member, New York City Bar Association’s Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Member, New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee 
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Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York