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Robert B. Murphy Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia


Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.

Villanova University, J.D.

University of Minnesota, M.B.A.

University of Notre Dame, B.A.

Robert B. Murphy is a member of Dykema's Business Services Department and its Public Company practice group. He regularly advises public and private companies on corporate and securities law matters, including private placement and registered securities offerings (initial, repeat, and secondary public offerings), PIPEs and RegulationS/offshore offerings, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, asset and stock purchases, venture capital financings and other commercial transactions.

He also advises public company directors and management on specific disclosure and corporate governance issues, including Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Act compliance, takeover defenses, shareholder relations, stock exchange listing matters, and general state law fiduciary duty issues.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Murphy was an Attorney-Adviser for the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C.


  • $300 million of 5.0% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2023 and subsequent registered exchange offer by a national automobile retailer
  • $200 million of 7.0% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2022 and subsequent registered exchange offer by a national automobile retailer
  • $35 million initial public offering of common stock by international telecommunications company
  • $12 million initial public offering of partnership interests by hotel and hospitality company
  • $30 million placement of convertible debentures and warrants by start-up international passenger air carrier
  • $31.5 million repeat public offering of Class A Common Stock by New York Stock Exchange listed company
  • $160 million Rule 144A placement and subsequent registered exchange offer by Nasdaq company
  • $20 million secondary registration of units and warrants by start-up Israeli biopharmaceutical company

Memberships & Involvement

Chairman of the BIO IT Coalition®, a not-for-profit regional organization for the advancement of information technology as an integral discipline in life science research, diagnostics and therapeutic discoveries through education, collaboration and professional development and partnership 

Community/Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law
  • The American University of Rome, Board of Trustees, Member, Via Pietro Roselli, Rome, Italy
  • Villanova University Women's Ice Hockey Team, Founding Head Coach
  • Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council, Commissioner and Troop Committee Chairman