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Patrick M. Murphy

Patrick Murphy has practiced for many years in both the public and private sectors. From 1972-1979, Mr. Murphy served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office representing state agencies that included the  Department of Health Services (environmental enforcement), State Treasurer, Racing Commission, Superintendent of Banks and the Accountancy Board.

From 1979-1991, Mr. Murphy served as Chief Counsel of the Financial Fraud Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office where he was responsible for supervising more than twenty lawyers, and support staff, involved in the enforcement of Arizona’s Consumer Fraud and Racketeering laws and the representation of the Banking, Insurance, and Real Estate Departments as well as the Securities Division of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

While serving as Chief Counsel of the Financial Fraud Division, Mr. Murphy was chosen to represent the State of Arizona in its civil action against then Governor Evan Mecham to recover funds belonging to the state. The successful outcome of this case is reported at State of Arizona v. Mecham, 173 Ariz. 474, 844 P.2d 641 (Ariz. App. 1992).

In 1991, Mr. Murphy joined Mr. Guttilla, long time friends, and together they formed “Guttilla & Murphy, P.C.” Since that time Mr. Murphy has represented court-appointed receivers in state and federal receiverships brought by: the Securities Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, the Arizona Attorney General, the Securities Division of the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Insurance Department of Arizona.

Additionally, Mr. Murphy has represented business clients in commercial litigation and he has represented numerous homeowner associations in the Phoenix metro area.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Arizona Bar Association in 1972

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District Arizona (1972)
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1972)
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia (1972)
United States Supreme Court (1980)

Education

1968—Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)
1972—Juris Doctorate, Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona)

State Bar Committees

Served as a member of the Administrative Appeals Rules Subcommittee for one year
Served as a member of the Arizona Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility for two years
Served as a member of the Arizona Bar Appellate Handbook Committee for twelve years
Served as a member of the Arizona Bar Administrative Committee for fifteen years

Law Related Activities

Contributing author to “Arizona Appellate Handbook,” 1982-1989
Member of the International Association of Insurance Receivers
Member of the International Association of INSOL International

Recognition

Distinguished Public Lawyer for Maricopa County, 1990
Kappa Sigma, Gamma-Rho Man of the Year, 1990
Distinguished Citizen Award, University of Arizona, 2001

Community Activities

Board of Directors, University of Arizona, Alumni Association, 2001-2007
Board of Directors and President, Gamma Rho Housing Corporation, 1988-present
Vice-President, Kappa Sigma International Housing Corporation, 1995-1998
Board of Directors, Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation of Arizona, 1990-present
Coach, Little League Baseball, Paradise Valley, Arizona, 1979-1986

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