Murphy & McGonigle Launches Commodities and Futures Practice

November 29, 2018 (New York, NY)

Murphy & McGonigle, the financial services and regulatory law firm, today launched its Commodities, Futures & Derivatives Practice. The group handles the full spectrum of legal and regulatory issues arising in connection with structuring, implementing, offering and trading commodities and derivatives, as well as advisory, litigation, and enforcement matters relating to those products.

The Murphy & McGonigle Commodities, Futures & Derivatives team includes former federal prosecutors and CFTC enforcement attorneys, who previously held senior roles as Chief Regulatory Officer of NYSE Liffe US, Chief Trial Attorney with the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement, DOJ Criminal Division Liaison to the CFTC and FERC, and Senior Associate Director and Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading and Markets).

“Since Murphy & McGonigle is laser focused on the needs of clients across the financial services industry, the new Commodities, Futures & Derivatives Practice is a natural extension of the range of capabilities we already offer,” said Thomas J. McGonigle, Executive Committee member.

Murphy & McGonigle’s lawyers in this area advise domestic and international financial institutions and individuals in investigations, examinations, enforcement actions, and litigation commenced by the Department of Justice, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, National Futures Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, exchanges, and other self- regulatory organizations.

“Because so many of our team members have been in leading futures and derivatives regulatory positions, we bring a highly informed perspective to clients in this area,” said Katherine Cooper, a shareholder in New York who previously served in senior roles at both the CFTC-registered futures exchange, NYSE Liffe US, and the CFTC.

The firm also introduced the Commodity Corner Blog,, which will serve as a resource that provides regulatory and enforcement updates and trends, along with insightful analysis and perspectives, in the commodities, futures, and derivatives area.

Murphy & McGonigle serves the litigation, enforcement defense, and regulatory counseling needs of clients across the full spectrum of the financial services industry – from national banks, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and hedge funds, to national and international securities markets and exchanges. It is recognized as a National Tier One Law Firm in Securities Regulation, Litigation – Securities, and Corporate Law by U.S News & Best Lawyers. The firm operates in New York, Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia.