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Kathryn J. Murphy

Kathryn J. Murphy

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Family

About Me

A highly goal-oriented family law and divorce attorney, Kathryn Murphy is skilled in answering one of the most important concerns clients have about divorce: seeing an efficient, satisfactory end to the process. Kathryn initially helps clients to establish their priorities, then explores with them all of their options for achieving resolution. Assisting clients with weighing the benefits and costs—not only financial but emotional as well—is an essential part of that. Drawing on her extensive trial experience as a family lawyer, Kathryn helps clients anticipate the likely impact of their decisions so they can choose wisely. 


 


Clients value Kathryn’s thoroughness, especially in divorce, complex property and child custody cases. Her expertise includes business valuation, closely held business interests, relocation, characterization of property, division of property in Texas, protective orders and electronic surveillance. Kathryn embraces collaborative law when it is the right fit for clients, and brings considerable skills to the courtroom when necessary. Above all, Kathryn’s goal is to negotiate a topnotch settlement for her clients.


 


While striving to make the divorce process as efficient as possible, Kathryn nevertheless understands that she and her clients will be spending a fair amount of time together. Consequently, she is known for establishing a close connection with her clients, standing firm with them and working together as a team to support the best interests of them and their children.


 


A partner of the firm, Kathryn has been selected by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in the list of "Top 50 Women Texas Super Lawyers" (2003-2013), "Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers" (2004-2009; 2011; 2013), and "Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers" (2003-2006; 2008-2009; 2011; 2013).  She has also been selected for inclusion in the D Magazine list of "Best Lawyers in Dallas" for Family Law (2001; 2005-2010) and "Best Female Lawyers in Dallas" (2010) by D Magazine.  She is consistently listed annually in The Best Lawyers in America ®2012 (copyright Woodward/White Inc. of Aiken, S.C.) and as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters) in the area of Family Law (2003-2013).


 


Additionally, Kathryn received the award for the Best Family Law CLE article by the State Bar of Texas in 2004, and she won the Annette Stewart Inn of Court, Serjeant of the Inn Award in 2013.   


 


Kathryn is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Texas Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where she is a Past President. She is a member of the Family Law Council of the State Bar of Texas, where she is on the executive committee, and she is a member of the Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association and Collin County Bar Association.


 


Kathryn is the primary researcher and writer of the book, Protecting Your Assets from a Texas Divorce, published in 2005. She also co-authored West Publishing Company's Texas Family Law Practice Guide, a three-volume family law treatise for attorneys that was published in March 2000 and supplemented each year. She has taught family law at Southeastern Paralegal Institute in Dallas, andshe  is also a frequent speaker on family law issues.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Divorce & Separation: 60%
    25 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Child Custody: 30%
    25 years, 700 cases
  3. Family: 10%
    25 years, 1.2 thousand cases

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Brad M. Lamorgese

    Kathryn is an excellent lawyer and she knows the details of her cases. She is an advocate for her clients, and she is well respected in the courts. She is ethical, professional, and a good person too!

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    Brad Lamorgese Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Edward L Kainen

    There is no quesiton in my mind, if I have a client with a Family Law matter in Texas, I'm calling Kathryn Murphy!

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    Edward Kainen Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Goranson Bain, PLLC

6900 N. Dallas Parkway
Suite 400
Plano, TX, 75024

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198908/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Family Law: Lawyer of the YearWoodward-White, Inc.2015
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2014
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2013
Annette Stewart Inn of Court, Serjeant of the Inn AwardAnnette Stewart Inn of Court2013
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2013
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2013
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2013
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2012
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2012
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2011
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2011
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2011
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2011
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2011
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2010
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2010
Best Women Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2010
Best Lawyers in Dallas Family LawD Magazine2010
Best Personal Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2009
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2009
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2009
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2009
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2009
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2008
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2008
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2008
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2008
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2008
Best Lawyers in Dallas Family LawD Magazine2008
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2007
Best Lawyers in Dallas Family LawD Magazine2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2007
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2007
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2006
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2006
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2006
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2006
Best Lawyers in Dallas Family lawD Magazine2006
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2006
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2005
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2005
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2005
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2005
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2005
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2005
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2004
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2004
Best Family Law CLE ArticleState Bar of Texas2004
Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2004
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2004
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2004
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2003
Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2003
Top 50: Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2003
Best Lawyers In Dallas Family LawD Magazine2001
Board Certified - Family LawTexas Board of Legal SpecializationN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer- PartnerGoranson Bain PLLC2008 - Present
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer - PartnerKoons Fuller1995 - 2007
AttorneyThompson & Knight1989 - 1991

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Family Law Council, State Bar of TexasVice Chair2012 - Present
Family Law Council, State Bar of TexasMember2007 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2002 - Present
Texas Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow and Past President2002 - Present
Board Certified Family Law- Texas Board of Legal SpecializationN/A1995 - Present
Collin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Plano Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Collin County Bench Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Texas Family Law FoundationLifetime MemberN/A
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
College of the State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Collaborative Law Institute of TexasMemberN/A
The Collaborative AllianceMemberN/A
Annette Stewart Inn of CourtFormer Board MemberN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Family Law Advisor BlogThe Great Recession And Its Impact On Divorce2014
Family Law Advisor BlogThe Gray Divorce: Baby Boomers Are Ending Marriages Later in Life2014
Family Law Advisor BlogThe Financial Implications Of Divorce In Texas2014
Family Law Advisor BlogHow To Tell Your Children You Are Getting Divorced: 5 Tips2014
Family Law AdvisorGay Couples Can’t Marry in Texas, But Can They Divorce There?2014
Family Law Advisor BlogBusiness Valuations in Divorce2014
Family Law AdvisorThe Kids Are All Right: Be Prepared and Protect Children’s Best Interest2014
Family Law Technology CourseUsing a Computer Forensic Expert2012
Family Law on the FrontlinesCharacterization of Property2011
NAPremarital and Postmarital Agreements2009
Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersProtecting Children From Incompetent Forensic Evaluation and Expert Testimony2006
Professional Solutions GroupProtecting Your Assets From a Texas Divorce2005
West Publishing CompanyTexas Family Law Practice Guide; co-author -- supplemented annually since publication in 20002000
NAParental RelocationN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1989
University of Texas at TylerN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
The University of Texas School of LawExperts, Examination and Ethics: A Guide to Mental Health Experts, Innovations2014
Southern Methodist University School of LawProtective Orders and Family Violence2014
Advanced Family Law CourseNegotiation Techniques and Strategies2014
Advanced Family Law CourseCo-Course Director2013
University of Texas School of LawCo-Course Director, Innovations- Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation2012
Family Law Technology CourseUsing a Computer Forensic Expert2012
Advanced Family Law CourseTurbo Charge your Collaborative Practice2012
Advanced Family Law CourseProperty Update2012
Family Law on the Front LinesCharacterization of Property2011
Collaborative Law CourseCourse Director2011
Advanced Family Law CourseAttorney's fees agreements2011
New Frontiers in Marital Property LawCo-course Director2010
Collaborative Law CourseAssistant Course Director2010
University of Texas School of LawElectronic Evidence -- Civil and Ethical Implications2009
Universit of Texas School of LawThe Electronic Evidence Bible2009
Marriage Dissolution InstituteCharacterization2009
Collin County Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate SectionPremarital Agreements2009
Collin County Bar AssociationPremarital Agreements2009
Advanced Family Law CourseElectronic Evidence Workshop2009
State Bar CollegeMarital Property 1012006
Marriage Dissolution InstituteChild Support Update: Within and Outside the Guidelines2006
Marriage Dissolution InstituteTemporary Support, Maintenance and Alimony2006
Collin County bar Association, Family Law SectionHigh Tech Evidence2006
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionRelocation2006
Advanced Family Law Drafting CourseHigh Tech Evidence, Websites, Hard Drives, E-Mails, etc2006
Advanced Family Law CourseRelocation2006
A Panel of Texas Authors on Collaborative LawCollaborative Law2006
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and Family Law SectionRelocation2005
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersPsychological Testing2005
Advanced Family Law CourseChild Support2005
Williamson County Bar AssociationHigh Tech Evidence, Websites, Hard Drives, E-mails etc.2004
Ultimate Trial Notebook -- Family LawOpening Statements and Closing Arguments2004
Collaborative Law Spring RetreatCollaborative Law Panel2004
Advanced Family Law CourseRelocation2004
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsParentage: Establishing, Attacking & Undoing2003
Collin County Bench Bar FoundationFamily Law Evidence2003
Advanced Family Law CourseHigh Tech Evidence, Websites, Hard Drives, E-mails etc.2003
Advanced Evidence & Discovery CourseFamiliy Law Evidentiary Issues2003
University of Houston Law FoundationDivision of Property on Divorce2002
University of Houston Law FoundationDivision of Property and Dividing Specific Assets2002
University Of Houston Law CenterParentage: Current Issues2002
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyFamily Law for the Non-Specialist2002
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionObjections at Trial2002
University of Houston Law FoundationDivision of Property on Divorce2000
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyFamily Law Discussion2000
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyFamily Law Update2000
Collin County Bench Bar FoundationFamily Law Update2000
Collin County Bench Bar ConferenceModerator2000
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionBusiness Valuations in Divorce1999
Advanced Family Law CourseOpening Statement -- Jury or Nonjury1999
Family Law Conference for the General PractitionerOpening and Closing the File1998
Dallas Women Lawyers AssociationUpdate on Family Law1998
Dallas Chapter Texas Society of Certified Public AccountantsBusiness Valuations in Divorce1998
Dallas Bar AssociationDiscovery Update1998
Dallas Bar AssociationFamily Law for the Non-Specialist1998
Family Law Practice instituteAttorney's Fees1996
Dallas Chapter Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Divorce ConferenceBusiness Valuations in Divorce1996