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Sheila Murphy, Esq.

Sheila Murphy, Esq.

Sheila Murphy is a Bates Consulting and Testifying Expert with over 30 years of legal, insurance, regulatory, compliance and litigation experience. Ms. Murphy is a senior leadership legal advisor who provides proactive, strategic and practical advice to resolve complex regulatory and litigation issues.

Prior to joining Bates, Ms. Murphy served MetLife in various legal roles. Most recently, as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Ms. Murphy led the Regulatory and Retail Litigation Unit, which provided strategic advice on litigation and regulatory matters for MetLife's U.S. insurance and financial products businesses. Her team counseled on broker-dealer, compliance and public policy issues as well as advised on litigation and regulatory matters. Additionally, she headed multi-disciplined task forces on issues relating to risk mitigation; developed and implemented recommendations to enhance compliance policies, procedures, and metrics in tandem with key stakeholders.

At MetLife, Ms. Murphy was a member of the Legal Affairs Technology Committee, the decision-making and governance body for technology issues. This committee created a unified strategy across legal for technology and dramatically reduced spending. Ms. Murphy was selected as an Advisory Board member to MetLife’s U.S. Women’s Business Network and U.S. Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion. She also rebuilt U.S. Women’s Business Network into a remarkable organization with dynamic results, becoming one of the largest Lean In circle memberships and being cited as a model by the Lean In organization.

Ms. Murphy started her legal career as a litigation associate at a major Wall Street firm. She handled contracts, securities, and bankruptcy-related disputes—successfully defending banks, insurers, and governmental entities. Ms. Murphy received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. from Binghamton University. During her career, she was selected to participate in Smith College Executive Education and Harvard Business School Management and Leadership Programs. Ms. Murphy has received numerous industry awards and has been a speaker and panelist for various continuing education and industry-related symposia.

Sheila is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:



MetLife, New York, NY, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, 2014-2018

MetLife, New York, NY, Associate General Counsel, 2003-2014

MetLife, New York, NY, Assistant General Counsel, 2000-2003

MetLife, New York, NY, Counsel, 1995-2000

Thacher Proffit & Wood, New York, NY, Litigation Associate, 1988-1994


University of Pennsylvania, School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, Juris Doctorate

State University of New York at Binghamton, School of Management, Binghamton, NY, Bachelors of Science, Magna cum Laude


Admitted to the Bar of the State of New York


CARE Women’s Network of New York: Co-chair of Steering Committee, Co-chair of Education and Outreach Committee

National Association of Women Lawyers: Board Member and previous Chair of General Counsel Institute Committee

Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law: Advisory Board Member

PowerPlay NYC: Member of Board of Directors

Read Alliance: Former Member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Chair of Governance Committee and Secretary


Business 100 Honoree - Irish America, 2018

Leading Women Lawyers in NYC - Crain’ New York Business, 2017

Top Assistant/Associate General Counsel – First Chair Awards, 2017

Benchmark Litigation In-house Award – Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2015

Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award – National Association of Women Lawyers, 2015

Most Influential Irish Woman Award– The Irish Voice, 2011

Highest Leaf Award – Women’s Venture Fund, 2010