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Michael R. Murphy Joins Dykema’s Chicago Office

April 28, 2009

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announces that Michael R. Murphy has joined the firm as a Government Policy Advisor. Mr. Murphy’s practice is built on his extensive career in public service, health care and government relations. Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Murphy served in government relations leadership roles for WellPoint, Humana and the Illinois Association of Health Plans (IAHP). His private sector experience includes the development, execution and oversight of major governmental and regulatory affairs strategies that directly impact corporate objectives.

Respected by leaders in both political parties, Mr. Murphy capped nearly two decades of public service with an appointment by then-Governor Jim Edgar to serve as his Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. In this high profile capacity he coordinated the Edgar Administration’s health and human service agenda in Springfield.

Mr. Murphy’s other prominent governmental roles include stints as Chief of Legislation and External Affairs for the state Department of Public Aid (now Health Care and Family Services); Legislative Liaison for the state Department of Agriculture; Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the state Department of Rehabilitation Services; and as Press Secretary to the Mayor of Springfield.

A resident of Springfield, Illinois, Mr. Murphy received a B.A. from Western Illinois University. He remains active in a variety of Illinois civic and community organizations.