Allison Murphy is a partner in the Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Having served in the White House Counsel’s Office and on Capitol Hill, Allison brings her strong government experience to bear when guiding clients through high-stakes congressional and federal government investigations. Some of the world’s largest public and privately held companies have relied on Allison for responding to investigations and crisis management environments. With a practice often driven by headline risk matters, she is well-versed in handling parallel inquiries by congressional committees and government agencies, and in litigation. She has prepared chief executive officers, senior executives and members of boards of directors for public testimony. She also regularly advises companies on reputational risk and strategic matters. Her broad practice has covered matters where health care, financial, consumer, energy and technology issues are under scrutiny. In being recognized for her work in the 2024 edition of Chambers, her clients note that Allison “provides very clear legal advice and guidance,” and “has a lot of knowledge of how things run, helping us prioritize from the beginning. We wanted quality representation and that is what we get.”

Before joining Kirkland & Ellis, Allison served as Associate Counsel in the White House, providing legal advice on sensitive matters to senior Executive Branch officials at the Treasury Department and others, dealing with high-profile congressional investigations, and advising on litigation implicating executive privilege. Also, she spent a decade on Capitol Hill, including as Chief Oversight Counsel of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis under the Oversight Committee, as well as Counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Allison has led inquiries related to the coronavirus pandemic, the financial crisis and other complex events. She also previously served as an enforcement attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission handling market manipulation and other sophisticated cases.

Allison also counsels the board of directors of a major international foundation dedicated to the rule of law and economic development as well as maintains an active pro bono practice.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "Representing Clients in Congressional Investigations 2021," D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, September 9, 2021

Panelist, "Congressional Oversight and Investigations: New Developments and Outlook for the 117th Congress," The Federalist Society, July 28, 2021


Co-Author, “The FERC Enforcement Process,” Energy Law Journal, November, 2014


Recognized in Chambers USA for Government Relations: Congressional Investigations, 2024


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia


  • The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors
    Articles Editor, The George Washington Law Review
  • Ohio UniversityB.A., Political Science
    Phi Beta Kappa