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With nearly three decades of experience in life, property, casualty, and workers compensation insurance matters, Michael J. Murphy is a skilled New York insurance legislative and regulatory attorney.

Michael has been involved in many noteworthy insurance matters that have come before the New York State Legislature and the New York State Department of Financial Services, including most recently, ride sharing, climate change, and cybersecurity. Michael represents a number of national property casualty and life insurance carriers and, as a result, has strong ties to the major insurance industry trade associations and groups. In addition, Michael has a broad background in New York taxation, environmental and tort matters both before the Legislature and State agencies.

Michael’s practice is a continuation of his experience from serving as the Assistant Counsel to the New York Senate Majority, during which time he focused on insurance, banking, housing, and energy matters, as well as floor counsel. After Michael’s state service, and prior to joining GT, Michael was Assistant Vice President for the American Insurance Association, where he directed their New York government relations program.


  • Governmental affairs
  • Insurance
  • Finance
  • Housing
  • Energy
  • Legislative counsel
  • Regulatory issues
  • Cybersecurity



  • Assistant Vice President, American Insurance Association, 2000-2002
  • Assistant Counsel, New York State Senate Majority, 1992-2000

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2024
  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018
  • Team Member, BTI Power Rankings, “The 16 Strongest Firms for ‘Go-To Outside Counsel’ Insurance Work,” 2016
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year," 2014


  • J.D., cum laude, Albany Law School, 1991
  • B.A., cum laude, Le Moyne College, 1988
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York