We started the firm in 2010 with a simple plan: to build a truly all-star team of legal talent within a law firm environment free of bureaucracy where our attorneys could focus all of their energies on providing world-class service to our clients in the financial services industry. So far, I am pleased to report that we have stuck to our plan and grown the firm carefully, while maintaining an extraordinarily high bar for talent. 2015 was an exciting year for the firm as we continued to build our team adding breadth and depth to our White Collar and SEC Enforcement practices in New York and Washington, D.C.
For the fourth year in a row, we were honored to be selected by U.S. News & Best Lawyers as a National Tier One Law Firm in Securities Regulation. We were also recognized in the National Tier One category for Securities Litigation and Corporate Law (not bad for a firm just celebrating its 5th anniversary!). Only 25 firms received National Tier One recognition in all three of these key categories.
In 2016, we were called upon to handle a myriad of high-exposure cases and investigations from the fallout from the Financial Crisis to High Frequency Trading. We also completed multiple complex regulatory projects relating to the execution and clearing infrastructure of the U.S. equities and options markets, as well as cutting edge projects leveraging new technologies like blockchain applications.
We are immensely grateful to our clients who have shown their trust and confidence in us by calling on our firm to handle their most important and sensitive legal matters. We never lose sight of the fact that we must earn that trust and confidence every day. On behalf of all the lawyers and staff at Murphy & McGonigle, we thank you for your continued support.
James A. Murphy, Chairman