Brian R. Murphy

Telephone: 802-859-7018


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Areas of Practice Concentration:

Corporate transactions (mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, stock sales and redemptions and closely-held business planning); nonprofit and exempt organizations; tax planning and litigation; executive compensation .

Description of Practice:

Mr. Murphy, who served as the firm's President and Managing Partner from 2010-2015, is a corporate and tax attorney concentrating in counseling closely-held businesses and their owners and nonprofit organizations. He is active in counseling clients on formation and structuring issues (including decisions with respect to the selection of the proper entity for effecting business and investment transactions), executive compensation and 409A compliance, tax planning, and representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court. Mr. Murphy served a key role in Vermont's adoption of the first L3C statute in the country, testifying before the Vermont legislature on behalf of the Vermont Bar Association concerning the legal features of the new "low profit limited liability company" model. As an experienced Delaware attorney, Mr. Murphy is also active in forming, merging, dissolving, and otherwise operating Delaware corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and business trusts.

Prior Experience:

Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Mr. Murphy was a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, a nationally recognized firm in corporate takeover disputes and large Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Prior to practicing law in Delaware, Mr. Murphy practiced for six years as a certified public accountant with the Boston Office of Ernst & Young, LLP.


  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991)
  • Suffolk University Transnational Law Journal (1989-1991)
  • American Jurisprudence Prize Award: Corporate Taxation
  • Providence College (Providence, RI), (B.S., 1984)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015 editions)
  • Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners (2006-2015) 
  • American Bar Association - Section of Taxation (Exempt Organizations Committee)
  • Vermont State Bar Association - Business Associations Law Committee
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Received Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants "Certificate of Achievement" for passing CPA exam at first sitting, 1985.

Other Activities:

  • Past Member of Vermont Business Roundtable
  • Director and Past President of Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Director of Church at Prison, Inc.
  • Former Director of Azimuth Counseling & Therapeutic Services, Inc.
  • Leadership Champlain, Class of 2000


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