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Dawn E. Murphy-Johnson

Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Washington, DC, USA


Dawn Murphy-Johnson focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation and appellate advocacy. She has second-chaired trial teams for both criminal and civil matters in federal court. Ms. Murphy-Johnson also has extensive experience representing parties and amici at all stages of briefing before the United States Supreme Court and in the federal Courts of Appeals, including as second-chair in oral argument before the Supreme Court.

In her criminal litigation practice, Ms. Murphy-Johnson represents individuals in governmental investigations, at trial, at sentencing and on appeal. Her experience includes cases involving tax and accounting fraud, government contracts fraud, public corruption, export control violations and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). She has also conducted internal investigations on behalf of multinational corporations.

Ms. Murphy-Johnson has broad experience in all aspects of civil litigation, most often in high-stakes, multi-year cases. She has won motions to dismiss based on lack of jurisdiction and for failure to state a claim, managed fact and expert discovery, and prepared cases for trial. She has defended clients in cases involving alleged violations of the civil Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and the U.S. civil Anti-Terrorism Act, in commercial contract disputes, and in cases involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence.

In addition, Ms. Murphy-Johnson contributes substantial professional time to her active pro bono practice, most often focusing on post-conviction petitions to overturn wrongful convictions and appellate matters involving prisoner litigation.

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