Michele Harrington Murphy is a Senior Counsel at Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP, where she handles a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, including copyright, trademark, counterfeiting, royalties, licensing, employment, confidentiality/non-competition, and other intellectual property and contractual disputes. With over twenty years of litigation experience, Michele’s skills cover the litigation process from start to finish, including conducting investigations, managing discovery, working with expert witnesses, preparing and arguing motions, negotiating settlements, and serving as trial counsel.
In addition to litigation, Michele’s practice focuses on pre-litigation dispute resolution, including mediation and other resolution efforts. She also regularly counsels clients in anti-piracy, licensing, employment and other matters in O+Z’s practice areas, and partners with clients in developing and implementing corporate policies and training executives and employees on policy enforcement and related compliance matters.
Prior to joining O + Z, Michele practiced law from 1995-2012 with the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. There her practice primarily focused on the representation of national corporate clients in litigation matters, particularly those involving employment issues. These matters ranged from complex federal class actions to individual plaintiff court or administrative actions.
Michele graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar and member of the North Carolina Law Review. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Communication Studies and English from Virginia Tech, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Michele is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. In addition to her legal practice, Michele sits on the board of directors of the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women, a non-profit dedicated to obtaining legal assistance for victims of domestic violence. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and three children.