Attorney Profile

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JaneAnne Murray is a skilled advocate with over twenty years of experience representing clients in complex criminal, regulatory and civil matters. She has defended individuals in many sensitive and high-profile investigations and proceedings, and has tried over twenty jury trials as lead counsel. She has handled major matters involving insider trading, securities fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, RICO violations, computer and Internet-related crimes, tax offenses, embezzlement, terrorism, bribery and obstruction of justice.

Ms. Murray brings impressive advocacy and negotiating skills to all stages of a criminal proceeding. On numerous occasions, through meticulous investigation, marshaling of the facts and presentation of mitigating circumstances, she has successfully persuaded prosecutors to refrain from indicting her clients, to dismiss pending charges or to offer very favorable plea bargains. In trial cases, she has creatively and vigorously litigated discovery, suppression, dismissal and evidentiary motions, tirelessly investigated defenses, and won a substantial number of acquittals. In 2011 her motion to suppress the evidence obtained from the first individual subjected to a Title III wiretap in an insider-trading case resulted in an overhaul of its wiretapping procedures by the Southern District of New York’s U.S. Attorney’s Office. At sentencing, she has frequently challenged sentencing guideline calculations with success and, hiring mitigation specialists where appropriate, she has achieved a substantial number of sentences below the applicable sentencing guideline.

In addition to her work in criminal cases, Ms. Murray has represented whistleblowers, witnesses and targets before a variety of investigative bodies, including the U.S. Congress, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the New York Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Tax Department. She has also counseled individual and corporate clients with regard to internal corporate investigations.

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Previously, Ms. Murray was a litigation counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in New York and a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. She was also a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders’ Office for the Eastern District of New York for five years. In 1999, Ms. Murray spent a year in Cambodia working as a provincial human rights advisor with the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights.

A native of Ireland, Ms. Murray is admitted to practice in the courts of New York State and Minnesota, and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit.

  • University of Cambridge (England), LL.M, 1990 (First Class Honors)
  • University College Cork (Ireland), B.C.L., 1989 (First Class Honors)
Teaching Experience
  • Adjunct Professor in Legal Writing Program, Brooklyn Law School, 1996-97
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, 1995-96
  • Practitioner in Residence, University of Minnesota Law School since 2011; courses taught: Criminal Procedure, Corporate Investigations, Law and Terrorism, and Advanced Criminal Investigations
Other Professional Activities
  • Member, Screening and Training Committees of Clemency Project 2014
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, District of Minnesota (2013)
  • Member, ABA Taskforce to Reform Economic Crimes Sentencing Guideline (2013)
  • Vice Chair, NACDL Sentencing Committee (2013)
  • Member, NACDL National Security Committee (2012 – present)
  • Member, Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (March 2009-2012)
  • Member, Criminal Law Committee of the New York City Bar (2005-2010)
  • Member, Board of Editors, White Collar Crime Reporter (a West-Thomson Publication) (2007-2010)
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Irish-American Bar Association (2000-present)
  • Program Co-Chair, “Healthcare in New York’s Federal Prisons,” Roundtable Discussion at the New York City Bar, June 26, 2008
  • Program Chair, “Lawyers in the Dock: When Does Good Lawyering Become Criminal Conduct,” CLE Program at the New York City Bar, February 16, 2006
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, Southern District of New York (2006-2011)
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, Eastern District of New York (2004-2010)
  • Member, New York State Defenders Association