Harris Kay Joins Murphy & McGonigle

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The law firm of Murphy & McGonigle has opened a Chicago office staffed by industry veteran Harris Kay. Kay worked with the principals of M&M at a previous firm, so this is a coming home of sorts.

It is also an expansion of Murphy & McGonigle’s footprint, as the firm also recently opened an office in San Francisco, CA.

Before joining Murphy & McGonigle, Kay was with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. He has also practiced with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Henderson Law LLP, LeClair Ryan and Hunton & Williams.

It was at LeClair Ryan that James Murphy, the co-founder who put the Murphy in Murphy & McGonigle, took Kay under his wing 10 years ago and mentored him, Kay told JLN.

Murphy & McGonigle boasts a deep bench of experienced lawyers, with a slew who have CFTC, FINRA or SEC stints on their CVs. The firm also has a stable of clients who keep the firm involved in all aspects of the markets. 

The firm also tries to stay ahead of the game and focus on issues that impact the industry, like fintech and blockchain, Kay said.

Kay serves a variety of clients in securities and commodities, regulatory and litigation matters. According to the press release issued by Murphy & McGonigle, “Kay counsels futures commission merchants, including brokers, broker-dealers, investment advisers, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors in regulatory inquiries, investigations and enforcement proceedings before the CFTC, SEC, FINRA, and NFA. He is past chair of the Financial & Investment Services Committee of the Chicago Bar Association,.”

Kay has seen the progression of the markets from open outcry to electronic trading, and I have asked him to shoot a video for The Path to Electronic Trading from a legal perspective and the issues clients brought to his firms to deal with. There is more to come from Harris Kay, stay tuned.

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