John Murray

New York

I achieve optimal results for companies, investment advisers and individuals in complex, high-stakes government investigations and litigation.

John Murray works within Foley Hoag's White Collar Crime & Government Investigations and Litigation practices. His legal practice over the past two decades in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in private practice has focused 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.

At Foley Hoag, John has represented public companies, investment advisers and individuals in investigations by the SEC, U.S. Department of Justice and FINRA; counseled investment advisers in connection with SEC examinations; conducted corporate internal investigations; provided compliance training to clients on the federal securities and anti-corruption laws; and handled commercial disputes on behalf of corporate clients.

In the field of international development, John has considerable experience in legal issues relevant to the developing world, with a particular emphasis on anti-bribery and anti-corruption. As a former program director for an international non-governmental organization, he managed programs providing pro bono legal representation to governments, civil society organizations and individuals in the developing world. In that role, John supervised and coordinated legal advice to civil society clients in Myanmar, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Ukraine and Papua New Guinea and to the government of Mozambique on matters involving anticorruption/antibribery, business and human rights, infrastructure projects, oil and gas and mining development, land use and land tenure, and environmental issues.

John previously served as a law clerk to The Honorable Colleen McMahon, U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of New York.


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

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • 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


  • Represented major hedge fund in SEC insider trading investigation
  • Handled large-scale internal investigation on behalf of major mutual fund complex concerning issues arising under Investment Company Act and state law
  • Represented public company in insider trading inquiry by FINRA and related internal investigation
  • Counseled major hedge fund in connection with SEC examination and related compliance issues
  • Represented asset manager in SEC investigation concerning conflict disclosures and related SEC examination
  • Represented individuals in DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations
  • Represented investor in arbitration of commercial dispute
  • Represented large non-profit organization in DOJ investigation concerning trading activity
  • Conducted compliance trainings on insider trading for major hedge fund
  • Counseled non-profit organization on securities and anti-corruption compliance matters
  • Provided pro bono counsel to leading global non-governmental organization with respect to anti-corruption and anti-money laundering matters
  • Represented pro bono client with respect to state sentence mitigation program for defendants convicted by non-unanimous juries

  • Senior Counsel, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. At the SEC, John 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
  • John 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


Foley Hoag Publications

Publication 03/18/2021
Publication 09/28/2020

Honors & Involvement

  • Member, New York State Bar Association Task Force on Emerging Digital Finance and Currency
  • 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