The Honorable Patrick Murphy is a partner at the national law firm Fox Rothschild, with more than 600 attorneys in 21 offices coast to coast. Patrick serves as general counsel for small businesses, including several that are veteran-owned, and advises clients on a broad range of issues in litigation, regulatory and public policy matters. Patrick was the first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress where he served two-terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and led efforts in passing historic legislation in the energy, healthcare and education fields. A dynamic leader and trusted counselor, Patrick has been part of the Philadelphia legal community for more than 25 years, since starting as a messenger at age 15.
Besides his active law practice, Patrick anchors the MSNBC show “Taking the Hill” and is on several boards including The United States Military Academy at West Point and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He’s a recent resident fellow at the University of Chicago and currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. His most important job is husband to Jenni and daddy to Maggie and Jack.
A seasoned military and federal prosecutor and civil litigator, Patrick provides clients with successful litigation strategies both in and out of the courtroom. He has handled a number of high-profile cases during his career, including the prosecution of two high-level terrorists in the Iraqi Supreme Court, one who was a top lieutenant of Muqtada al Sadr, as well as defending the federal government in the civil suit surrounding the 1998 Army-Navy game railing collapse at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. Patrick tried felony cases in the U.S. Army’s busiest jurisdictions and also served as a special U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Health Care and Health Care Reform
Formally general counsel at Keller Army Community Hospital, Patrick was one of the leaders in the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the Mental Health Parity Bill in 2008. He was also the author of the IMPROVE act, saving taxpayers billions of dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and wrote a U.S. patent and trademark bill addressing the patent application backlog. Patrick advises several hospital systems and Health 2.0 companies.
Serving on the powerful Appropriations Committee, specifically on the Energy and Water subcommittee, Patrick led efforts to help create one of the country's largest green-energy hubs in the country, which is now home to one of the largest solar energy fields in the nation and the Green Jobs Academy in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Patrick championed an 'All of the Above' energy strategy that was instrumental in federal investment in the nuclear, natural gas, wind, solar, and biofuel energy fields, as well as historic energy conservation efforts. Knowing the Department of Defense is the nation's largest energy consumer, and that on average every 34th convoy in combat results in a soldier's death, Patrick is passionate about energy solutions with public-private partnerships and pragmatic regulation.
Small Business Counselor
Patrick is a trusted counselor to small businesses, often giving strategic advice on litigation strategy, intellectual property, and corporate formation. Fox Rothschild represents more than 15,000 small businesses each year, a firm ranked 103rd by AmLaw of the more than 47,000 firms nationally. Patrick took a leading role championing start-ups and small businesses after serving more than 60,000 small businesses as a congressman. While small businesses represent more than 99.7% of all employers, and help create more than 80% of the new jobs nationwide.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining the firm, Patrick represented over 700,000 constituents from Pennsylvania's Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. The youngest congressman elected in 2006, at age 33, Patrick served on the Appropriations, Intelligence, and Armed Services committees and championed equality by authoring the bill repealing the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. He coauthored the 21st Century GI Bill, Hire Our Heroes legislation and was instrumental in helping make the Washington Crossing National Veterans Cemetery a reality in 2008. Patrick also authored The Improper Payments Bill, which as saved the American taxpayer tens of billions of dollars per year. Patrick was commissioned as an Army officer through the King's College Army ROTC program and is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law, where he served on the Trial Advocacy Honor Society, clerked at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and won the Hugh B. Pearce award. He served as an assistant professor teaching constitutional law at the United States Military Academy at West Point and has lectured globally, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Air Force War College, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Institute for Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy and many law schools to include the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Immediately following 9/11, Patrick served two overseas deployments - Tuzla, Bosnia in 2002 and Baghdad, Iraq in 2003-04, where he earned the Bronze Star for Service after leading a BOLT team with the 82nd Airborne Division with responsibilities to oversee the justice system for the 1.5 million Iraqis in south central Baghdad, and the full spectrum of legal responsibility for 3500 paratroopers in his combat brigade. His unit was awarded a Presidential Unit citation.
Honors & Awards
- Recipient of the Justice For Vets Ambassador Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (2015)
- Recipient of the Chapel’s Bronze Medallion of the Legion of Honor from the Chaplain of the Four Chaplains Representative Larry Babitts (2015)
- Named as one of "The Mighty 25" veterans poised to make a difference in 2015 by We Are The Mighty (2014)
- Recipient of the International CLIO Award for his collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons and the Wounded Warrior Project (2014)
- Recipient of the Legion of Honor Award, Chapel of the Four Chaplains (2014)
- Recipient of the Straight Ally Award by the Delaware Legacy Fund (2013)
- Recipient of the Equality Champion Award by the Family Equality Council (2012)
- Named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer (2011)
- Recipient of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Award from Brown University (2011)
- Recipient of the International Role Model Award by the International Equality Forum (2011)
- Selected as a "Who's Who in American Law" by Marquis Who's Who (2011)
- Recipient of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Leadership Award (2011)
- Recipient of the Fenn Award by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library's New Frontier Award Committee (2010)
- Included in a list of "Top 100 Irish Americans" by Irish America Magazine (2008)
- Included in a list of “Pennsylvania Rising Stars” by Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine (2006 and 2013)