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Liam G. B. Murphy

Litigation Attorney at Ithaca, NY

5.0   2 reviews

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About Liam

Learn Liam’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    We help individuals and small business resolve their general disputes through negotiation and, when necessary, by going to court.

    34 years

  2. Family
    We help families resolve disputes using negotiation, mediation, collaboration and, when necessary, litigation. We help in all phases of family disputes, including support, visitation, custody, social service proceedings and adoption.

    23 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    We provide advice in forming and guiding small businesses.

    34 years

  4. Criminal defense
    We help individual clients when they are accused of crimes.

    23 years

  5. Estate planning
    We help our individual clients structure their assets to plan for retirement and for the support of their families.

    23 years

  6. Real estate
    We help individuals and business clients with their small to mid-range real estate purchases, sales and refinancings.

    23 years

  7. General practice
    We provide general advice to clients on how the law effects their lives

    23 years

Shaw & Murphy is a general practice law firm focused on providing high-caliber, personal and commercial legal service to clients in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of New York.

We are a general practice on purpose: We believe clients benefit from a broad view of the law. We understand, for example, how divorce, custody, visitation and child support impact your business or that buying a house can also impact your estate planning.

Our lawyers and paralegals work together to provide clients with cost-effective solutions. We offer our wide experience in many areas of the law and our varied life experiences as tools for our clients. We then actively listen to clients to identify their needs and collaborate with our clients to find appropriate comprehensive solutions that meets the client’s goals.

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Licensed for 34 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1989
Updated 11/17/2022
State DE
Status Inactive
Acquired 1992
Updated 05/10/2018
State PA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1991
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Shaw & Murphy, PLLC
109 East Seneca Street
Ithaca, NY, 14850
Shaw & Murphy, PLLC
170 Main Street
Groton, NY, 14850
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2010
Review for Liam Murphy
I am a current and past client of Liam Murphy. I would rate his legal services as excellent.
Posted by Rebecca | January 19, 2010
Highly recommended!
Any time we have had any legal issues arise Liam has been incredibly helpful and knowledgeable regarding the subject matter. We appreciate his responsiveness the most. In the past we have had difficulty with lawyers returning phone calls, etc. but not with Liam, he has always responded to our needs quickly and efficiently.


  • Hourly Rates $ 290-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Shaw & Murphy, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Ward & Murphy
  • 1999 - Present
  • Senior Counsel
  • Morris & Morris
  • 1992 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Cohen & Grigsby
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Dechert Price & Rhoads
  • 1989 - 1991
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  • New York University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Brown University
  • AB with honors in Economics
  • 1985
  • London School of Economics
  • Michaelmas Term 1983
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Clark v. Ingraham
  • Sucessfully overturned trial result.
  • Edwards v. Cade
  • Successfully overturned trial court result.
  • Lopez v. Robinson
  • Successfully defended mother's result.
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  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Collaborative Law Committee
  • 2005 - Present
  • Cortland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Tompkins County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • Girl Scouts-Seven Lakes Council
  • 2009
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • District Award of Merit
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 2007
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2007
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  • Touro International Law Review
  • A proposal on international legal responses to terrorism
  • 1991

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly CLE Lecture
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • 2014
  • Dispute Resolution Beyond the Courtroom
  • Use of Collaborative Law in resolving probate disputes
  • 2010
  • City Club Lunch Lecture
  • Changes in New York Law 2010
  • 2010
  • Basic Estate Planning Documents
  • Understanding and using basic estate planning documents
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Liam as adversaries on a contested litigation matter. The issues were complex and heated, but Liam's approach was professional and polite. As we continued working through the matter, I developed a deep respect for the manner in which Liam conducted himself and advocated on behalf of his client. Liam is a credit to the legal profession."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Liam's knowlege and experience in the fields of criminal and family law are extensive. He's always quick with solid advice and gives the attention to his clients that these types of cases demand. An excellent attorney!"
General practice Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have great respect for Liam Murphy as an attorney. Always well prepared, Liam zealously advocates for his clients."