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Kathryn J. Murphy

About Kathryn Murphy

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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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