Securities Litigator James K. Goldfarb Joins Murphy & McGonigle in New York

January 31, 2011

Murphy & McGonigle, P.C. announced that James K. Goldfarb has joined the firm as a partner in the New York City office, effective January 24, 2011. Mr. Goldfarb brings more than a decade of experience representing issuers, financial institutions, and professional firms in securities and complex commercial litigations. He has spoken and written broadly on securities litigation topics and currently serves as a co-chair of the ABA subcommittee on structured financial products litigation.

“We are delighted that James has joined the firm,” said James A. Murphy, chairman of Murphy & McGonigle. “James brings a wealth of securities litigation experience, particularly in mortgage-backed securities litigation, and underscores our commitment to providing to our clients exceptional representation in New York as well as nationwide.” Paul Merolla, managing partner of the firm’s New York office, added, “James has a track record of providing consistently outstanding client service during a time when the securities litigation and regulatory landscape is changing dramatically.”

“I am excited to be joining Murphy & McGonigle,” said Goldfarb. “The firm brings together a talented array of seasoned lawyers who have practiced together for years to provide to clients top flight legal representation in securities litigation and governmental enforcement actions. But beyond that, Murphy & McGonigle is committed to providing exceptional value to its clients at a time when corporate counsel is seeking new and creative partnerships with outside counsel. It is a fabulous platform for my client base.”

Mr. Goldfarb is a graduate of Duke University School of Law, where he earned a J.D. and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law. He holds an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Washington University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Before attending law school, Mr. Goldfarb worked for the federal government and Arthur Andersen. Following law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby (Maine). Mr. Goldfarb previously practiced at Weil and Jones Day.

Murphy & McGonigle represents public companies and their officers and directors in high stakes litigation matters as well as governmental investigations and enforcement proceedings. The firm’s Washington, D.C. based SEC Enforcement Group, led by Thomas J. McGonigle, includes six partners who formerly served in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.  The Litigation Group, headed by Murphy, has served as lead counsel for financial institutions in some of the highest stakes cases brought in recent years, including securities class actions, auction rate securities cases, the “bank sweep” cases and the current wave of mortgage securitization litigation.

Murphy & McGonigle operates out of offices in New York, Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia.