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As the Chairperson for our Family Law/Divorce Practice Group at Murphy Desmond, I act as a mentor and advisor to newer Family Law/Divorce attorneys at the firm. I also serve as a Guardian ad Litem in cases and as a Mediator in family law cases where the parties wish to avoid litigation. 

I would be happy to speak with you about your current situation, whether you are contemplating divorce or separation, have post-divorce issues, or would like to inquire about a marital agreement before or while you are currently married (pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements).  


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
  2. Child Support: 20%
  3. Family: 20%
  4. Child Custody: 20%



Hourly ($360/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Murphy Desmond S.C.

33 East Main Street, Suite 500
Madison , WI, 53701-2038


WIGood Standing197203/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 25, Madison, Wisconsin Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Superb RatingAvvo2014
Wisconsin Super Lawyer-Family LawWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
Top 50 Wisconsin Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Wisconsin Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Top 25 Madison, Wisconsin, Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Wisconsin Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2012
Top 50 Wisconsin Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2012
Top 25 Madison, Wisconsin, Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2012
Wisconsin Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
Top 50 Wisconsin Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
Top 25 Madison, Wisconsin, Super LawyersWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
Wisconsin Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
Top LawyerMadison Magazine2009
Wisconsin Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2009
Wisconsin Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2008
Wisconsin Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2007
Top LawyerMadison Magazine2007
Top LawyerMadison Magazine2005
Mediator of the YearDane County Bar Association2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dane County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2001
Dane County Bar AssociationBoard Member, Director at Large2000 - 2001
Dane County Mediation ServicesMediator, Volunteer1991 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1972 - Present
Dane County Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMemberN/A
Divorce Cooperation Institute, Inc.MemberN/A
Collaborative Family Law Council of WisconsinMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Cornell CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1969