Dilworth Paxson Adds Litigation Partner Patrick J. Murphy

March 16, 2020

Dilworth Paxson LLP announced today the addition of partner, the Honorable Patrick J. Murphy, to the firm’s litigation and cyber/data privacy practices, resident in the firm’s Philadelphia office.

“This is the perfect moment for someone with Patrick’s background and expertise to join the firm,” said Dilworth Chairman and CEO Ajay Raju. “Increasingly, Dilworth’s stable of growth-stage clients inevitably find themselves at the intersection of the public and private sectors. As the first Iraq War veteran to serve in Congress, as the Undersecretary of Army and as a serial entrepreneur in the tech space, Patrick is uniquely situated to guide traffic through that intersection.”

“What immediately resonated to me about Dilworth Paxson is the firm’s identification not just as a collection of attorneys, but as an institution of counsel,” said Murphy. “Guided by this mission of leveraging relationships, judgment and value, Dilworth’s approach to serving its clients really mirrors the approach I have taken throughout my career, in the military, in Congress, and particularly in the tech, data privacy and investment sectors.”

After joining the U.S. Army at the age of 19, Murphy graduated from the Airborne and Air Assault courses, and following 9/11, served two overseas combat deployments, first to Bosnia, then as an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper to Baghdad, Iraq, where he led a Brigade Operation Law Team and earned a Bronze Star for his service.

In 2006, Murphy was elected to represent Pennsylvania’s 8th district in the United States Congress, the first Iraq War veteran to reach such an office. Since leaving Congress in 2010, Murphy founded a Clio & Sherwood Award-winning company specializing in military veteran content, co-founded a business-to-business tech company focused on employee engagement and wearable technology, and is a general partner for a venture capital firm investing in veteran-owned healthcare, cyber and big-data businesses. In 2016, Murphy was appointed and confirmed as the 32nd Under Secretary of the US Army, where he oversaw a 1.3 million-person workforce and a budget of $148 billion.

Murphy is a graduate of the Widener University Commonwealth Law School (J.D.) and Kings College (B.A.). Read Patrick J. Murphy’s full bio.


Founded in 1933, Dilworth Paxson LLP has a rich and impressive history filled with landmark work that reflects a tradition of legal excellence and a focus on growth and innovation. Dilworth represents a broad spectrum of clients, from the world’s leading companies to governmental and civic entities.

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