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. She has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers” and a “Rising Star,” and has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as an “Up and Coming” appellate lawyer. Ms. Murphy also was named American Lawyer’s litigator of the week for her victory in McCutcheon.
Ms. Murphy’s work before the Supreme Court has included briefing such high-profile cases as NFIB v. Sebelius, Bond v. United States, and American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo. Ms. Murphy also has a robust practice before the Courts of Appeals, where she has presented argument on several important constitutional questions, including the scope of the Second Amendment, the Recess Appointments Clause, and the Ex Post Facto Clause. Ms. Murphy’s extensive appellate experience spans a wide range of topics and has included several cases dealing with labor law, energy law, legal issues arising under the Affordable Care Act, and property rights to submerged lands.
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 appeared on national television to discuss the Supreme Court on multiple occasions, and her work on McCutcheon and the Affordable Care Act litigation has been featured in several news and other publications. Before joining Bancroft, Ms. Murphy served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., of 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 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.