HCSE Logo Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg, LLP

Paul J. Murphy, Attorney


Paul focuses his practice on delivering legal and strategic advice to managers of nonprofit organizations and counts among his clients 501(c)(3) private foundations and public charities, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, and 527 political organizations and PACs. He strives to help his clients understand the myriad state and federal laws that govern their activities and design their programs to achieve desired outcomes within applicable statutory and regulatory constraints. He has advised clients with respect to such matters as nonprofit formation and corporate governance, state and federal tax exemption, relationships within “families” of tax-exempt organizations, government ethics rules, and laws regulating lobbying and electoral participation by individuals and organizations. Paul has represented clients in contract negotiations, commercial disputes, and matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission. He has a passion for empowering members of the progressive nonprofit community to deepen the impact of their work and has conducted numerous workshops on legal issues affecting tax-exempt organizations engaged in advocacy campaigns.

Before joining the firm in 2000, Paul advised unions and union members on their rights and obligations under federal and state labor and employment laws and represented individuals facing adverse employment actions. While attending law school, he worked in the legal departments of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Gore 2000; and Clinton/Gore ’96. He also had the privilege of serving as a legal intern for the minority staff of the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee's 1997 “Special Investigation of Illegal or Improper Activities in Connection with 1996 Federal Election Campaigns.” Before he began his legal career, Paul worked for five years as a commercial insurance underwriter—an experience he has found to be useful when advising clients about insurance matters.

From 2003 to 2011, Paul served on the Board of Directors of Whitman-Walker Health, where he held various leadership positions. In 2006, the Whitman-Walker Legal Services Department presented him with the Distinguished Volunteer Award for his pro bono representation of persons living with HIV/AIDS over many years apart from his board service.

Paul is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.




Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, B.B.A., cum laude, 1991

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2000



(first initial)(last name) at harmoncurran.com

(Email displayed this way in an effort to reduce spam.  Please note that sending us an email or otherwise contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship in connection with any matter in which we do not already represent you.)  

Paul Murphy    


© 2018 Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg LLP · 1725 DeSales Street NW, Suite 500 · Washington, DC 20036 · Tel: 202-328-3500 · Terms of Service · Site Map