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Theodore John Murphy

Immigration Attorney at West Chester, PA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Ted Murphy, Theodore Murphy, Theodore J. Murphy

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    25%

  2. Asylum
    25%

  3. Criminal defense
    25%

  4. Immigration
    25%
    Handle all immigration related matters including: litigation; family and business immigration; naturalization; providing immigration consequences to criminal defense attorneys; E-B5; removal defense; asylum and more.

    30 years, 55,000 cases

Former government prosecutor, adjunct law professor, paratrooper, and founding attorney of Murphy Law Firm. Serving the needs of the immigrant and business communities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and beyond.

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Our main office located at 320 N. High St. in West Chester, PA.

Location

Murphy Law Firm, PC
320 N. High Street
West Chester, PA, 19380
Murphy Law Firm, PC
313 N. Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE, 19947
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Posted by Timothy | December 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Theodore (Ted) Murphy.
My Name is Timothy and I am beyond impressed by Ted Murphy. I want to Ted with the most complicated and difficult case that my previous three immigration attorney's had given up on. Ted Murphy took time to explain his way forward plan and the best path about my case. He then followed this path that turned out to be the best and perfect plan. Ted took me from being illegal immigrant, appeared before the judge and got my permanent resident status. He then later applied for my citizenship which was granted about a week ago. Ted Murphy's sense humor, the love of what he's doing, communication and leadership skills tenacity, focused, fearlessness had really blowed my mind. I also learned that he is so highly respected by prosecutors and judges. I must include that I previously knew Theodore Murphy from no where in my life before. My summarized version of this Ted Murphy is nothing less than an Angel from Heaven. I does make more sense to me. He is so selfless and the truth altruistic Hum A being. I know for sure that I will forever honor, respect and love this man to ETERNITY. God bless you, your family, your law firm forever and annoint you in the enlarged territory. I will always everywhere share the good report about you. What faithfull servant in you. Sincerely Timothy P.
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Posted by Isauro | September 17, 2014
Miracle Lawyer
My sister contacted Mr. Murphy to provide immigration advice to my then criminal case Lawyer. Mr. Murphy’s expertise in immigration cases and willingness to seek the best possible outcome for my case contributed to a life changing outcome, which to my family has been seen as a miracle. My case was not easy and I was facing deportation. Luckily for me and my family having the right representation at the right time was the key. If you are in need of an immigration lawyer and want to have the best, knowledgeable, caring immigration lawyer to represent you, go immediately with Mr. Murphy. He is the best Immigration Lawyer around the area. He has a great team and possesses the knowledge to help you achieve the miracle you dearly wish.
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Posted by Virginia | September 1, 2014
Dedicated work and effort from a highly experienced attorney
In all my nervousness and excitement, Mr. Murphy took control and made it possible for me to reunite with my husband. I really appreciate all the work and effort he put into my husband's case, especially getting him a bond hearing so quickly. We are very grateful to him for taking on our difficult case. I know we have a long road ahead of us but thanks to Mr. Murphy we can face it together. I knew hiring Ted was the right decision. Another immigration attorney told us Ted was the right person to handle our case. And after meeting with him I could tell we had finally found the right person to handle our situation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2014
TOP IMMIGRATION LAWYER IN THE CHESTER COUNTY AREA
My wife and I visit several Immigration lawyer around the area. Each one of them gave us a different story. We were worried about what the outcome was going to be. A friend told us about Mr. Murphy. Lucky for us, Mr. Murphy helped us resolve our immigration issue. He is very knowledgeable about the immigration laws and has many years of experience. After scheduling a visit and sitting down with him, he gave us piece of mind about our case. In a few months, we were able to resolve our immigration issue with the desire outcome. I highly recommend the services of Murphy Law Firm. Don’t look no further.
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Posted by Lori | March 2, 2014
Wonderful, Saved my case.
Mr Murphy met with us and laid out his exact plan of attack, cost and gave us the ability to pay over a few months, kept us informed of every detail that came into the case immediately, and listened to our thoughts and feelings about the case. He was sincere, and never gave us false hope. The only additional fee he charged was for his appearance in court. It was to cover his mileage and parking fees, was very reasonable, and an expense that was only fair for us to pay. Parking in Philly is expensive (like $25 to appear in court for an hour or two). We would recommend Mr. Murphy to anyone with immigration issues in the state of Pennsylvania. Terrific job and many many thanks.
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Posted by Valeria | September 29, 2013
Devoted advocate and very efficient immigration lawyer
After interviewing with several immigration lawyers in the Chester County area, I decided to go with Mr. Murphy and his law firm. Mr. Murphy was the only one that with professionalism and lots of experience on immigration matters provided knowledgeable guidance on my path to legal status. From my experience with him and his law firm, I can testify that I was treated with honesty and respect at all times. From the beginning, my case was given the upmost care and dedication to make things happen for me. His reputation for representing his clients with honesty and effectiveness was reinforced to me when I was asked by an immigration lawyer of Mr. Murphy who spoke highly of Mr. Murphy. I highly recommend Mr. Murphy and his law firm to anyone who is in need of immigration guidance and representation.
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Posted by Gloria | July 22, 2013
Miracle worker!!!
After spending a large sum of money with two previous lawyers, we began to lose hope, but after around 16 years of continuously being let down by them we got recommended to Mr. Murphy and his law firm. From the start he was very honest and told us that this would not be an easy path to remove the deportation motion and push through for a green card but he promised us that he would do everything in his power to help us out and he did just that. After about 19 years of being an illegal immigrant and a little over two of those years of working with him and his law firm, I am now finally a resident thanks to them. This all feels so surreal and I can proudly say that he is truly the most amazing lawyer that God could have ever blessed us with. With the few years we worked with him we were able to interact not only with him personally and another one of his staff lawyers, but also his secretaries. All in all, everyone under his staff is extremely caring, honest, and courteous . We could not have been more pleased and we will gladly recommend him to anyone that is in need of immigration help.
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Posted by carmen | January 20, 2013
The ideal lawyer
I was in the removal proceedings, almost ten years after I first applied for adjustment of status, when I read an article in the local newspaper about a similar case, written by Ted Murphy. I knew from that moment that he was the lawyer I needed. With his help, in less than one year I became a permanent resident. He is easy to reach, easy finding solutions, compassionate, smart, quick and successful. For me he is the image of the ideal lawyer and I am happy to have the opportunity to express my gratitude and to recommend him
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Posted by Kelly | January 15, 2013
Kelly
Mr. Murphy has done a wonderful job. He is very informative and explained everything to us. He took his time with us and made sure when we left his office we knew what we had to do. We appreciate his wealth of information regarding the laws and his ability to help us. I would not hesitate to offer his number to a friend.
Posted by Cindy | January 14, 2013
Passionate Advocate and Great Immigration Attorney
I met Ted when I was trying to advocate for an international student from Kenya with an immigration issue. it was clear from the beginning that he cared a whole lot more about helping my friend than about whether or not he would be paid. He went above and beyond in advocating for my friend. Ted is a top notch attorney but what most sets him apart is his passion to help people that really need help. I give him my highest recommendation. If I ever need an immigration attorney again, he will be my first call!
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Posted by Tania Padgett- Davis | October 20, 2011
Best Lawyer and law firm ever
I came to him when i had little or no hope left and Attorney murphy fought with me until the end, now i have my green card after a long journey i believe God put him in my path just at the right time!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 5 minutes
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner and Founding Attorney
  • Murphy Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Member
  • Murphy Law Firm P.C.
  • 1900 - Present
  • Senior Counsel
  • Klasko, Rulon, Stock, & Seltzer
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Assistant Chief Counsel
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Department Of Justice (U.S. Attorney Office in Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Assistant District Counsel
  • U.S. Department Of Justice
  • 1997 - 2003
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Temple University School Of Law
  • 1997 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Theodore Murphy
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • First Judicial District Of Pennsylvania
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Soldier
  • United States Army & Army Reserve
  • 1984 - 1990
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Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1997
  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Georgetown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Zakzuk v. Pennsylvania
  • Cert. Denied.

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2010
  • Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award
  • US Department of Homeland Security - US Immigration & Customs Enforcement
  • 2003
  • Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award
  • US Department of Justice - Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • 2002
  • Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award
  • US Department of Justice - Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • 2001
  • Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award
  • US Department of Justice - Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • 2000
  • Superior Accomplishment Award
  • US Department of Justice - Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • 1999
  • The Captain Robert Miller Knox Award
  • Temple University School of Law
  • 1995
  • The Barrister Award
  • Temple University School of Law
  • 1994
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Publications

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)
  • Beware the Iceman Cometh
  • 2013
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
  • 2011
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
  • 2010
  • Immigration Options for Essential Workers - AILA
  • “Employers of “Essential” Workers: Worksite Enforcement – The ICE Man Cometh"
  • 2008
  • Master's Thesis - Temple University School of Law
  • Conventional Arms Transfers and the Violations of International Law: An Emerging Trend for Banning the Transfer of Conventional Weapons
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter Spring CLE
  • The Art of Cross Examination
  • 2013
  • 30th Annual Statewide Criminal Law Symposium
  • Beware the Iceman Cometh
  • 2013
  • 2013 Annual National Conference on Immigration Law
  • Guide Me Through The Fog: Options After Denial of a Family Petition
  • 2013
  • York County CLE
  • Criminal Court, Immigration, Ineffective Assistance and Retroactive Application of Padilla
  • 2012
  • Lehigh County CLE
  • Criminal Court, Immigration, Ineffective Assistance and Retroactive Application of Padilla
  • 2012
  • Berks County Bench Bar
  • Criminal Court, Immigration, Ineffective Assistance and Retroactive Application of Padilla
  • 2012
  • Philadelphia AILA Spring Conference
  • Effectively Dealing With ICE
  • 2011
  • 28th Annual Criminal Law Symposium
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity and Ethical Considerations
  • 2011
  • Office of the Public Defender CLE Series
  • Post Padilla: Practical Guidance in Advising the Client
  • 2010
  • Family Law CLE
  • Immigration for Family Law
  • 2010
  • Chester County CLE
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity and Ethical Considerations
  • 2010
  • 27th Annual Criminal Law Symposium
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity and Ethical Considerations
  • 2010
  • Sussex County CLE
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
  • 2009
  • Fall 2009 Philadelphia Regional Immigration Conference
  • Immigration Law
  • 2009
  • Delaware Inns of Court for Sussex and Kent Counties
  • Immigration Law Issues
  • 2009
  • Chester County Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
  • 2009
  • Philadelphia AILA Spring CLE
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • 2008
  • Seminar on Immigration and Criminal Law for Attorneys
  • Immigration and Criminal Law
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (41)
Given (4)
Endorse Theodore
Immigration Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Theodore."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Ted in the area of Immigration Law. I have had the pleasure of working with Ted on multiple occasions. I have always found him to be highly knowledgeable, thorough, professional and always compassionate with his clients. I would highly suggest that anyone with immigration issues or questions give him a call. He is surely one of the best."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Very skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to the law."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is with my pleasure to endorse my fellow colleague attorney Murphy. Mr. Murphy is a talented, though and thorough attorney. I recommend him to anyone in need of representation."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer because his many contributions on Avvo readily indicate he is a seasoned immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Murphy is a very knowledgable attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.He is highly respected in the legal community. His answers on complex immigration questions are on point and offer practical advice."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having interacted with Attorney Murphy and read his many answers on this forum it is clear to me that he knows the ins and outs of immigration law. If you have an immigration issue, you need an attorney with the answers at his fingertips. Attorney Murphy is such an attorney. I endorse him without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Murphy is an experienced and very knowledgeable immigration attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ted is a top-notch attorney, his record and experience speak for themselves. Without hesitation, I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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