Bleakley Platt Welcomes Two New Members to the Firm

January 2008

Bleakley Platt is pleased to announce that on January 7, 2008 John S. Diaconis and William M. Murphy will become members of our Firm.

Mr. Diaconis has over 25 years' experience of counseling in the insurance and reinsurance industry and acting as defense counsel, mediator and arbitrator in the investigation and resolution of fidelity, commercial crime and financial institution bond claims. His experience includes his tenure as Vice President of Hartford Financial Services Group, and as a member of the firms of Peterson & Ross and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker in New York City. Mr. Diaconis has served as a Councilman for the Town of New Castle for which he is currently the Town Prosecutor. Mr. Diaconis received his J.D. degree from Drake University Law School and his LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law. He is Co-Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Westchester County Bar Association and resides in Chappaqua, New York .

Mr. Murphy is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Fordham Law School, and is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York. He has an extensive business, commercial and securities litigation background that also includes client counseling on M&A and employment matters, and representation of corporations and individuals in regulatory investigations. Mr. Murphy was a founding member of the litigation boutique, Robinson Murphy & McDonald. Most recently, he was instrumental in establishing an East Coast presence for the San Francisco-based firm, Steefel, Levitt & Weiss. Mr. Murphy's experience also includes his tenure with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City. Mr. Murphy resides with his family in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.