Erin E. Murphy is a partner at Bancroft PLLC. Her practice focuses on Supreme Court, appellate, and constitutional litigation. Ms. Murphy has worked on numerous significant matters in the Supreme Court and successfully argued McCutcheon v. FEC, in which the Court held the federal aggregate limits on campaign contributions unconstitutional. Ms. Murphy also has argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals on important constitutional questions, including the scope of the recess appointment power and the application of the Ex Post Facto Clause to the Sentencing Guidelines. Ms. Murphy has briefed several high-profile Supreme Court cases, such as the landmark challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Bond v. United States, and American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo. She also has worked on a wide range of civil and criminal issues in the Courts of Appeals, including First Amendment, Second Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Seventh Amendment, Due Process Clause, SEC, FERC, copyright, tax, and complex administrative law issues.
Before joining Bancroft, Ms. Murphy served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Diane S. Sykes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Between clerkships, she served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, and afterward, she worked in the national appellate practice of King & Spalding. Ms. Murphy is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and a frequent speaker on topics relating to the Supreme Court and appellate advocacy. She has been profiled by the Legal Times for her work on the Affordable Care Act, and her role in McCutcheon has been featured in multiple news and other publications.
Ms. Murphy graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as Managing Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is a native of Naperville, Illinois.