Michael J. Murtha
Michael Murtha is an attorney in the Trial & Appellate Litigation and Investigations & White Collar Defense practices of Jackson Walker’s Dallas office. A former federal clerk, Michael is experienced in legal drafting, courtroom hearings, complex commercial litigation, and white collar defense.
Prior to Jackson Walker, Michael served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to the Honorable Amos L. Mazzant, III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. He also previously served as a law clerk in the Texas Office of the Solicitor General and advised Texas Senator John Cornyn’s office during the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Beyond his federal and state clerkships, Michael practiced at a Dallas-based criminal defense firm and at an international law firm, where he handled white collar defense and investigations, appeals, and complex commercial litigation.
Michael is a former Antonin Scalia Fellow with the Public Interest Fellowship.
B.A., magna cum laude, Texas A&M University
- Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., magna cum laude, Notre Dame Law School
- Notre Dame Law Review, Staff Editor (Vol. 93) and Articles Editor (Vol. 94)
- Moot Court Board
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
- Dallas Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College
October 11, 2022Insights
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court is tasked with construing the Bank Secrecy Act’s penalty provision, ruling on whether the “right to control theory” provides a viable theory of liability under the federal wire fraud statute, and deciding whether a private citizen who has informal political influence over governmental decision-making can be convicted of honest services fraud. It also must decide whether the Government has authority to dismiss a False Claims Act case after initially declining to intervene.
By Jennifer Freel & Michael Murtha