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Brian J. Murray
Of Counsel


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  • University of Notre Dame (J.D. summa cum laude 2000; Notre Dame London Law Centre, London, England, 1998-1999; Notre Dame Scholar; Article Editor, Notre Dame Law Review; Col. William J. Hoynes Prize Winner; B.S. in Chemical Engineering summa cum laude 1997; Tau Beta Pi)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois and District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court of the United States (October Term 2002); Law Clerk to Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2001-2002)

Government Service

  • Deputy Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (2017-2018)

Brian Murray represents companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation, class actions, and civil matters involving federal and state governments, including lawsuits against governments and enforcement actions by governments. Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2018, Brian served as U.S. deputy associate attorney general, counseling DOJ and executive branch principals on significant matters. He oversaw the Environment and Natural Resources Division and the Federal Programs Branch, helping to formulate policies and strategies for investigating, litigating, and resolving civil regulatory and enforcement matters.

Brian is routinely called upon to present clients' most complex and business-critical matters to tribunals nationwide. He has tried matters to bench and jury as lead counsel. Jury trial wins include a full defense verdict in a sprawling § 1983 class action against the City of Chicago and a full plaintiff's verdict in a contentious employee fraud case. Other notable engagements include defense of class actions and enforcement matters involving environmental (including the CAA, CWA, and CERCLA), consumer fraud, securities, and other statutory and common law claims and offensive litigation against federal and state governments. And he has personally argued over 30 appeals — including cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, nearly every federal court of appeals, and a number of state supreme and intermediate appellate courts.

Brian teaches complex litigation at the University of Chicago Law School. He also serves on the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, American Inns of Court Foundation Board, and Illinois Appellate Lawyers' Association. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and on PBS's Chicago Tonight.

Honors & Distinctions

  • "John Paul Stevens Pro Bono & Public Service Award" (2016), Seventh Circuit Bar Association

    Chicago's "40 Under 40" (2014), Crain's Chicago Business

    "Chicago's 40 Under 40 Rising Stars" (2013), The National Law Journal

    "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch" (2013), The Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

    "Human Rights Practitioner Award" (2013), National Immigrant Justice Center
Brian Murray