Joseph E. Murphy

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Joe has worked in the organizational compliance and ethics area for over thirty-five years and is Senior Advisor, Compliance Strategists, a New York area based consulting firm specializing exclusively in organizational compliance and ethics solutions for a wide spectrum of private, public, governmental, academic and non-profit entities.  Joe was previously Senior Attorney, Corporate Compliance, at Bell Atlantic Corporation, where he was architect and lawyer for Bell Atlantic’s worldwide corporate compliance program.  Joe was co-founder and vice-chairman of the board of Integrity Interactive Corporation (now part of SAI Global).  He has worked on compliance and ethics matters on six continents, and assisted government agencies, NGOs and companies across a broad range of industries.

Joe has lectured and written extensively on corporate compliance and ethics issues, is on the board of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) (, is Editor-in Chief of SCCE’s magazine, Compliance and Ethics Professional, and is the SCCE’s Director of Public Policy (pro bono).  He has represented SCCE as a consultative partner to the OECD’s Working Group on Bribery in Paris, and testified before the US Sentencing Commission on proposed revisions to the Sentencing Guidelines compliance program standards.  He currently serves as chair of the advisory board of the Rutgers Center for Government Compliance and Ethics.

Joe’s work with governments on compliance and ethics programs has included presentations to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission staff and the Australian Tax Office, assistance to a US Attorney’s office in assessing a corporate defendant’s program, training for federal prosecutors at the National Advocacy Center, and training at the SEC’s FCPA boot camp for SEC, FBI and DOJ enforcement officials.  He also works on an ongoing basis with the OECD Working Group on Bribery to promote anticorruption compliance programs.  Through the SCCE, and individually, he has provided written comments and input on compliance program standards to the SEC, the US Sentencing Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading, the UK Serious Fraud Office, Standards Australia, the drafters of the King III report in South Africa, and the Canadian Competition Bureau.  He also served as a witness for the US Department of Justice during the OECD Working Group on Bribery’s Phase II review of US implementation of the OECD Convention on Bribery of Foreign Public Officials.  In 2014, Joe was named one of The National Law Journal’s Governance, Risk and Compliance Trailblazers and Pioneers.

With his mentor, Jay Sigler, Joe wrote the first book on compliance programs, Interactive Corporate Compliance in 1988, 3 years before the Organizational Sentencing Guidelines were issued.  Together with Jeff Kaplan and Win Swenson he wrote the leading legal text on compliance programs, Compliance Programs and the Corporate Sentencing Guidelines (Thomson/West). He is also the author of 501 Ideas for Your Compliance & Ethics Program (SCCE; 2008) and co-author of Building a Career in Compliance and Ethics (SCCE; 2007).

Joe has his BA from Rutgers University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Managing Editor of the Law Review.  He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Joe is also an avid ballroom dancer, chief cha-cha officer of Dance Haddonfield in his hometown of Haddonfield, NJ, and founder of the Society of Dancing Compliance and Ethics Professionals.


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