JaneAnne Murray is a skilled advocate with over twenty-five years of experience representing clients in complex criminal, regulatory and civil matters. She has defended individuals in many sensitive and high-profile investigations and court proceedings, and has tried over twenty-five jury trials as lead counsel. She has handled major matters involving insider trading, securities fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, RICO violations, computer and Internet-related crimes, tax offenses, embezzlement, public corruption, bribery, obstruction of justice, espionage, and terrorism.
Ms. Murray brings impressive advocacy and negotiating skills to all stages of a criminal proceeding. On numerous occasions, through meticulous investigation, marshaling of the facts and presentation of mitigating circumstances, she has successfully persuaded prosecutors to refrain from indicting her clients, to dismiss pending charges or to offer very favorable plea bargains. In trial cases, she has creatively and vigorously litigated discovery, suppression, dismissal and evidentiary motions, tirelessly investigated defenses, and won a substantial number of acquittals. At sentencing, she has frequently challenged sentencing guideline calculations with success and, hiring mitigation specialists where appropriate, she has achieved a substantial number of sentences below the applicable sentencing guideline.
Murray is skilled in written and oral appellate advocacy. She has argued numerous appeals in civil and criminal cases in both state and federal courts, winning several notable reversals. She has also filed habeas motions in many federal district courts.
In addition to her work in criminal cases, Ms. Murray has represented whistleblowers, witnesses and targets before a variety of investigative bodies, including the U.S. Congress, the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the New York Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Tax Department. She has counseled individual and corporate clients with regard to internal corporate investigations. She has also represented lawyers, other professionals and students in disciplinary proceedings.
Previously, Ms. Murray was a litigation counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in New York and a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. She was also a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders’ Office for the Eastern District of New York for five years. In 1999, Ms. Murray spent a year in Cambodia working as a provincial human rights advisor with the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights.
A native of Ireland, Ms. Murray is admitted to practice in the courts of New York State and Minnesota, and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the District of Minnesota, The District of North Dakota, the Second Circuit, the Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
- University of Cambridge (England), LL.M, 1990 (First Class Honors)
- University College Cork (Ireland), B.C.L., 1989 (First Class Honors)
- Associate Clinical Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School (2022 – present); courses taught: Evidence; Clemency Clinic
- Professor of Practice, University of Minnesota Law School (2011 – 2022); courses taught: Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Clemency, Sentencing Advocacy, Corporate Investigations, Law and Terrorism, and Advanced Criminal Investigations
Other Professional Activities
- Member, Board of Directors of the NACDL (2018 to present)
- Member, Board of Directors of the MACDL (2021 to present)
- Member, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the NACDL (2022-23)
- Chair, NACDL Second Look Taskforce (2018 to present), Sentencing Committee (2014 to present)
- Member, Steering Committee of NACDL/MACDL State Clemency Project (2021 to present)
- Member, Steering Committee, NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project
- Member, Screening and Training Committees of Clemency Project 2014
- Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, District of Minnesota (2013topresent)
- Member, ABA Taskforce to Reform Economic Crimes Sentencing Guideline (2013)
- Member, NACDL National Security Committee (2012 to present)
- Member, Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (March 2009-2012)
- Member, Criminal Law Committee of the New York City Bar (2005-2010)
- Member, Board of Editors, White Collar Crime Reporter (a West-Thomson Publication) (2007-2010)
- Member, Board of Directors of the Irish-American Bar Association (2000-2018)
- Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, Southern District of New York (2006-2011)
- Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, Eastern District of New York (2004-2010)