In the News The National Law Journal

Trailblazers: Litigation 2017

PIONEER SPIRIT: Erin Murphy always enjoyed writing and love the legal aspects of law. "I found appellate law attractive because it married those two passions."

TRAILS BLAZED: Murphy has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court numerous times and has developed a niche practice representing public entities. Among her cases, Murphy represented 26 states that challenged the Affordable Care Act in NFIB v. Sebelius. "It was one of the first cases I did in private practice, and the first Supreme Court case I worked on. It dealt with federalism issues and the unique challenges of representing states. It was a hugely momentous case for a lot of legal reasons, but it was also the first step of my career path." She also argued McCutcheon v. FEC before the Supreme Court. "My clients were the Republican National Committee and an individual. We challenged the 'aggregate' campaign contribution limits under the First Amendment, and we won 5-4. This was the next big campaign finance case after Citizens United and one of the rare cases around contribution limits." Last year, Murphy argued on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Texas v. United States challenge to Obama's immigration policy. "It ended 4-4 after Justice Scalia passed away." In October, Murphy argued the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case on behalf of the Wisconsin Legislature as an amicus before the Supreme Court.

FUTURE EXPLORATIONS: This will be an interesting Supreme Court term. "The Supreme Court has a very full docket after a slow one last year."

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE NOVEMBER 1, 2017 EDITION OF THE AMERICAN LAWYER © 2017 ALM MEDIA INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. FURTHER DUPLICATION WITHOUT PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED