Keith R. Murphy

Partner

New York
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Overview

Keith Murphy handles a wide range of bankruptcy and other high-stakes matters, including financial fraud investigations, litigation and recoveries, director and officer defense and litigation, chapter 11 restructurings, cross-border insolvencies and creditor representations. He is a trusted advisor to his clients, with substantial experience representing court-appointed trustees and receivers in investment frauds, as well as clients in the financial, securities, healthcare, e-commerce, manufacturing and retail sectors during his 25-year career.

Having successfully litigated and mediated many cases, Keith provides clients with rational and creative solutions to complex issues, with an accomplished track record of recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients in a cost-effective manner. His weekly contributions to the firm’s Blockchain blog addressing cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and regulation issues add to his considerable experience.

Keith has been a speaker on panels relating to bankruptcy topics, including at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, is a former adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law, is co-Chair of the firm’s Mentor/Mentee Committee in the New York office, and has provided pro bono guidance to struggling New York companies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Following law school, Keith served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen D. Gerling, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York. During law school, Keith was an Articles and Notes Editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review.

Select Experience

  • In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC: Representing Irving H. Picard, Trustee for the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • SEC v. Stefan Qin, et al.: Representing Robert Musiala, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Receiver appointed in cryptocurrency investment fraud case.
  • In re Mallinckrodt, Plc: Represented hedge fund / investment advisor in chapter 11 matter.
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Experience

  • In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC: Representing Irving H. Picard, Trustee for the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
  • SEC v. Stefan Qin, et al.: Representing Robert Musiala, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Receiver appointed in cryptocurrency investment fraud case.
  • In re Mallinckrodt, Plc: Represented hedge fund / investment advisor in chapter 11 matter.
  • In re New England Motor Freight, Inc., et al.: Represented multiple Trinity Health Services LLC hospitals in fraudulent transfer actions.
  • In re PG&E Company, et al.: Represented the Official Committee for Tort Claimants in connection with chapter 11 case.
  • In re Grandparents.com, Inc., et al.: Defended multiple former directors and officers against breach of fiduciary duty and other claims.
  • Wesley Holdings, Ltd. v. 3si Systems LLC: Represented creditor and asset purchaser in a fraud receivership case.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration v. Feinsod, et al.: Defended former director against breach of fiduciary duty and other claims.
  • CFTC v. Diego Mariano Rolando, et al.: Represented Commodity Futures Trading Commission Receiver in international investment fraud case.
  • SEC v. Northshore Asset Management, LLC, et al.: Represented SEC Receiver appointed in financial investment fraud case.
  • SEC v. Yehuda Shiv, et al.: Represented SEC Receiver appointed in financial investment fraud case.
  • In re Magnatrax Corp.: Represented debtor in chapter 11 steel buildings manufacturer restructuring.
  • In re Integrated Health Services, Inc., et al.: Represented debtors in chapter 11 healthcare restructuring.
  • In re Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, Inc.: Represented creditor in avoidance action.
  • In re Caldor, Inc., et al.: Represented debtors in retail chapter 11 case.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • New York Metro "Super Lawyer" (2013 to 2022)

Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • St. John's University School of Law Alumni Association

News

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Publications

Articles

Blog Posts

Pro Bono

  • New York Covid-19 Small Business Clinic Assistance Project: Provided guidance and advice to New York small business owners in connection with financial challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Successfully represented a school child with behavioral issues in a case seeking funding for specialized school tuition.

Prior Positions

  • Kaye Scholer LLP: Bankruptcy Department
  • Winick & Rich, P.C.: Bankruptcy Department
  • Clerk for the Honorable Stephen D. Gerling, Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New York

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 1996; Articles and Notes Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1991

Blog

In The Blogs

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Blockchain Monitor
NFT Initiatives Launch; OFAC Adds Crypto Public Keys to SDN List; Treasury Dept. Publishes Crypto Reports; Crypto Enforcement and Hacks Continue
By Lauren Bass, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith
September 23, 2022
In this issue: • Non-Fungible Marketing: Brands Continue to Launch NFTs• OFAC Adds Crypto Public Keys to SDN List Related to Russian Group• US Department of the Treasury Publishes Digital Asset Reports and RFC• Republican Senator...
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Blockchain Monitor
NFT Endorsements Scrutinized; Bank Crypto Guidance Issued; DOJ, CFTC and SEC Bring Crypto Enforcement Actions; Research Finds Crypto Insider Trading
By Lauren Bass, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Kayley B. Sullivan
August 19, 2022
In this issue: NFTs Expand on Social Media, Celebrity NFT Endorsements Scrutinized Federal Reserve Addresses Crypto; Senator Inquires About Bank-Crypto Relations DOJ, CFTC and SEC Crypto Enforcement Targets Tax Evasion, Fraud and ICOs US...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Products Launch, Gain Approvals; OFAC Sanctions Crypto Mixer; SEC Publishes ICO Consent Order; Report Cites Criminal Use of Cross-Chain Bridges
By Lauren Bass, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Kayley B. Sullivan
August 12, 2022
In this issue: NY DFS Approves Crypto Platform, Prepaid Crypto Card to Launch in Argentina U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Major Virtual Currency Mixer SEC Publishes ICO Consent Order, Crypto Exchange Discloses SEC Investigation...
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Blockchain Monitor
Bitcoin Mining Difficulty Decreases; Crypto Addressed by CFTC Chair; Congress Addresses Crypto Tax, Accounting; Crypto Enforcement and Crimes Continue
By Lauren Bass, Christina O. Gotsis, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith
July 29, 2022
In this issue: Bitcoin Network Mining Difficulty Continues Downward Trend Amid Heat Wave CFTC Chair Addresses Crypto; Proposed Bill Would Simplify Crypto Tax Rules Congress Members Criticize SEC Bulletin on Crypto Accounting Treatment DOJ...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Platforms Achieve Foreign Approvals; DOJ Seizes Crypto Ransomware Funds; CFTC Adds Crypto Firms to RED List; Crypto Fraud and Threats Continue
By Lauren Bass, Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Maya E. Rivera
July 22, 2022
In this issue: • Foreign Regulators Approve Crypto Platforms; Ethereum Approaching PoS• DOJ Seizes $500K in Ransomware Crypto; CFTC Adds Crypto Firms to RED List• Fraud, Mixers, Ransomware and the Darkweb: Cryptocurrency Threats Continue...
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