Thomas (Tom) J. Murphy provides legal counsel to businesses, with a focus on corporate and securities transactions and compliance. He was formerly the head of the Firm’s Securities & Capital Markets Affinity Group.

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  • Represented Andrew and Carlene Ziegler, the founders and owners of the general partner, Artisan Partners Holdings LP, in connection with an up-C reorganization and $330 million initial public offering of Artisan Partners Asset Management (NYSE: PAM) (2013)
  • Represented NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NC), in it’s $700 million spin-off of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE: HY) (2012)
  • Represented Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) in its $175 million acquisition of Allrecipes.com from Reader’s Digest (2012), a deal that was named Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year by ACG/M&A Advisor

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  • The Best Lawyers in America 2006 to 2020, Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Leading Lawyers Network


  • Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois, trustee
  • Economic Club of Chicago


Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1981
Illinois Wesleyan University, BA, summa cum laude, 1978


Thomas J. Murphy

Insights & Events / Media

Changes to SEC Review of Shareholder Proposals, Expansion of Testing-the-Waters, Regulation FD Enforcement Action, Applicability of Proxy Rules to Proxy Advisors and Risks Associated with LIBOR Transition / October 17, 2019

SEC Proposes Amendments to Accelerated and Large Accelerated Filer Definitions, SCOTUS Quashes FOIA’s ‘Substantial Competitive Harm’ Requirement, and NASDAQ Revises Director Independence / July 2019

SEC Modernization and Simplification Amendments, Guidance Regarding Board Diversity Disclosure, and Updates at NASDAQ and NYSE / April 2019

Reminders for the Form 10-K and Proxy Statement, Cyber-Related Frauds Report, Staff Legal Bulletin 14J and Updates to Proxy Voting Guidelines / January 2019