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Michael Kevin Murphy

Military law Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1982
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Michael Kevin Murphy is a former U.S. Army officer who served with distinction in the Vietnam War having been awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Wings, Vietnam Ranger Badge, Bronze Star Medal, eight Air Medals; his military units received the Valorous Unit Award , and Vietnam Gallantry Cross. And for over twenty-six years has served the divorce and family law needs of our nation's military and other government professionals and their spouses with his unique background and experience. Although his main office is in Fairfax VA, Mr. Murphy often associates with attorneys throughout the United States and is available to consult with other attorneys lawyers who need his experience in dealing with the family law needs of military professionals and civilians.

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Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC
10560 Main St
PH 10
Fairfax, VA, 22030-7182

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Posted by Martha | January 17, 2024
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Excellent Legal Counsel
Mr. Murphy is an experienced military divorce lawyer, always professional, pleasant and understanding while expertly navigating the complex challenges associated with a military divorce. His knowledge of unique aspects of a military divorce proved to be of utmost importance in seeking a fair resolution and agreement. Mr. Murphy always provided excellent, concise and clear counsel. He was ethical, truthful and straightforward ensuring that every moment spent with the client was of value and necessary. With Mr. Murphy’s extensive knowledge of military regulation, policy and law, he was able to expertly and efficiently mitigate risks, manage and easily navigate legal processes, and resolve issues in a complex divorce case, while a less experienced attorney would not have been as effective resulting in costly and stressful delays. Mr. Murphy’s team complimented his legal counsel perfectly. Melissa his paralegal was always knowledgeable and efficient. Her proficiency of the nuances of military divorces further enhanced the legal services provided. I highly recommend Mr. Murphy without exception for any legal counsel during a military divorce.
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Posted by John | April 26, 2023
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Winning Team!
This team that makes things happen! I felt supported all the way through a very difficult process and I cannot thank Mike and his team enough. Great work and I recommend them if you want positive results.
Posted by Kevin | March 8, 2023
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Children returned and Assets retained...enough said!
I retained Mike and Rebecca to represent me in what even the presiding judge admitted was one of the most complex cases he'd ever seen. Basically, my ex spouse manufactured allegations against me which she used to remove our minor children from the Commonwealth to return to her home state without my knowledge or consent. I had to fight tooth and nail to try and clear my name and get my kids back. Well, Mike and Rebecca did just that. They met every legal challenge professionally and with decisions that were in the best interest of the children. The result is that ALL of the children have been returned home to Virginia with me having primary custody AND I retained ALL of my assets. Note: I am also a lawyer who knows great legal work...this is such a case. The best interest of the child(ren) is THE standard.
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Response from Michael Murphy March 11, 2023
Thank you so much, Kevin. Yours was one of the most difficult and challenging cases that I have had practicing law but your steadfastness as a client who stuck to our winning strategy and helped implement it was superb. This was truly a "Team" effort and it paid off handsomely for you. Our very best to you and your great children --- without you, though, I feel strongly that they would have been sunk had they stayed in Alabama with their Mom --- To you my friend: Bravo!
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Posted by Michael | May 20, 2022
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Won Child Custody Case
Mike was initially brought on to help in what was supposed to be a fairly simple divorce where custody had been verbally granted to me by my ex. However, it turned into messy and contentious litigation over the custody of my son. Mike's guidance through this process was one of the chief reasons why we had the outcome that we did. While it was a team effort, Mike certainly took point and made sure that everyone was on the same page, and his willingness to also listen and give feedback on my own ideas was appreciated, and even took a good deal of my suggestions if he felt they would be truly beneficial to the case. He had immense empathy and did everything he could to represent our best interests, and in the end, we won more than we had even asked for in the initial agreement. Cannot speak highly enough about Mike.
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Posted by Geoffrey | February 28, 2022
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Excellent Family Law Attorney
I retained Michael Murphy to assist me with reducing my spousal support obligation after suffering a stroke and being forced into a medical retirement. Michael took the time to understand my situation and adeptly devised a strategy that resulted in a favorable outcome. If you are looking for an attorney that will be a fierce advocate for you while managing risk, he is the one for you.
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Posted by John | July 19, 2021
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Go To Attorney Who Produces Excellent Results
Mike Murphy is the most competent and skilled attorney I have ever interacted with in my 40+ years of working with attorneys. Mike is an attorney who has a firm grasp of the law and he always did what he told me he would do. I never had an instance where I questioned his ability to handle my case and his integrity is rock solid. I had and still have total trust and confidence in his ability to get the job done, get it right, and do so in a way that treated everyone with dignity and respect. Without question, I made the right decision to hire Mike Murphy to represent me in my case. Highly recommend and would hire again in any capacity should the situation arise where I needed an expert attorney. Simply the best in the business.
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Posted by Bart | April 7, 2021
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An exceptional family lawyer for military servicemembers...truly an expert in the field!
When I think of Michael Kevin Murphy, words like TRUST; SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE; MILITARY SERVICE; DEDICATION; CARING and SECOND-TO-NONE immediately come to my mind. Michael Murphy is, in my opinion, the best choice for anyone in need of a family law attorney in Northern Virginia. He is a man of unquestionable integrity and enjoys a sterling reputation in the courts and among his colleagues. During my initial consultation, Mike made me feel comfortable and listened to me. From that point, to the end of my divorce, I knew I had chosen the right attorney and the right law firm! Mike and his staff consistently offered sound advice and helped me through the difficult process with consistency and a sense of purpose. As a former Army officer, Ranger and combat veteran, Mike has a deep and profound understanding of the nuances of military life and the legal considerations attendant thereto. He and his team will be of immeasurable benefit to anyone in need of family law services, but military members will particularly benefit from his knowledge and experience. He is an expert in the law and he understands the needs of military service families. If you are seeking a trustworthy, knowledgeable, experienced and caring representative, I highly recommend Michael Murphy. You will receive "first-rate" services with outstanding results. One final note: in my time as a client of the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, not only did I obtain an exceptional attorney but I also gained a friend. I fully recommend and endorse Mr. Michael K. Murphy without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2021
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Great lawyer
"Mike Murphy represented me in a difficult overseas separation and child custody case. Given our geographical location we could not personally meet, but Mike and his team facilitated video conferences that made our meetings more personal and efficient. He devised a legal strategy that protected my children and me. His advice was reasonable and fair. He is responsive to communications and a great listener. Mike is caring, honest, reliable, professional lawyer, and gets the job done."
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Posted by Rob | March 4, 2021
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Fairfax County Military Divorce
I was very satisfied with the legal services provided by Mike Murphy, and his very professional and compassionate team of Sarah Goding and Farina Williams. They skillfully guided me through my first divorce, providing exceptional legal advice which resulted in a fair and timely outcome that exceeded my expectations. I strongly recommend Mike and his team for your military divorce in Fairfax County.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2016
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Very knowledgeable with military family issues.
I cannot say enough how thorough and understanding of my situation Mr. Murphy was. He was very efficient and I felt that my money was spent well utilized.
Posted by David | October 19, 2015
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Outstanding Service!
What can I say? I have custody of my 2 children as a male Military Service member. This would not have been possible if it wasn't for Mr. Murphy and his outstanding team! Not only did I obtain an exceptional lawyer but gained a family friend. I fully recommend and endorse Mr. Murphy. Thanks TEAM!
Posted by Liz | October 16, 2015
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Amazing service
Michael's office made the divorce process quick and painless. The entire staff was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. Sometimes it seemed like I had the answer to my email before I even hit sent due to their immediate responses.
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2015
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A first rate divorce attorney that delivers outstanding results
When I think of Mr. Michael K. Murphy words like top-tier, superlative, exemplary, first-class, and second to none immediatley come to mind. While serving overseas, I found myself in need of a divorce attorney. After doing a thoruogh internet seach of Divorce Attorneys in Fairfax, VA and reading Mr. Murphy's profile and reviews, I decided he was the type of Attorney that I was seeking. I could not have made a better decision in choosing him to represent me. From the first consultation until the final divorce, Mr. Murphy provided a high level of competency and guidance. I have absolutely no regrets in hiring him and received the exact results that I expected. He kept me up-to-date throughout the entire process, leaving very few questions to be asked. Whenever I had any questions, he always provided clear answers and made certian that I totally understood all of the agreements in the divorce order prior to my signing. If you are seeking high-quality representation, I highly reccommend Mr. Murphy, you will surely receive "first-rate" services with outstanding results.
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Posted by Nathan | October 1, 2015
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An exceptional family lawyer for military servicemembers...truly an expert in the field
You usually find yourself in need of a family lawyer for the first time when you are in a crisis and looking for an expert in the law to guide you and help you get your life back on track. I came to Mike under these circumstances and can definitively say that Mike is exactly the kind of confident, competent and aggressive attorney you are looking for in a time of crisis, no matter the complexity of your case. His intimate, family-focused firm specializes in helping military servicemembers and understands the unique aspects of their lives. Most importantly, he is uniquely equipped and experienced in how to best represent those interests in negotiations and the courtroom. He was superb at guiding me through the emotional roller coaster that comes with divorce and contested custody, skillfully moving between motivational coach and drill sergeant as the needs of his client called for it, and always driving me towards my stated desired end state. Even during my moments of self doubt, he kept us on track. He is conscientious of your money and time, builds a strategy that will work for your budget, and tells you where you stand at all times. Looking back on the over two years of litigation I did with Mike, in both Virginia's District and Circuit courts, involving complex jurisdictional issues across two states in a highly contested case, I can unhesitatingly state that Mike's initial assessments on the likely outcome of various aspects of the case turned out to be spot on, both the good and the bad. Most importantly, he got me where I wanted to go--his "belt and suspenders" approach to protecting your interests and advancing your agenda proved invaluable and were critical to the successful outcome of my case. I always knew where we were going next--no matter if it went our way or took a wrong turn--there was no doubt that he had a plan and we were in control. I doubt anyone could find an attorney in Northern Virginia, maybe anywhere, that invests himself in his client's case or is as committed to their cause as much as Mike Murphy is. I would not only recommend Mike as an exceptional family attorney, but would say he is one of the best in the business, bar none. He has my highest endorsement.
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Posted by Rose | September 28, 2015
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A Difficult Time - A Good Outcome
I made the decision to retain Michael Kevin Murphy as my attorney soon after I met him. He immediately introduced me to his office manager, his paralegal and his legal assistant. The team greeted me in an office that was neither sterile nor clinical but warm and inviting, a "family" type environment. I knew, in an instant, that I was in the appropriate place for my "Family Law" matter. Mr. Murphy and his team demonstrated compassion, kindness and a genuine understanding of my emotions, which were very fragile, at the time. My husband of many, many, years was seeking a divorce and I needed a lawyer. I asked Mr. Murphy many questions and he, in turn, asked specific questions of me. I was a military spouse. Mr. Murphy had been in the military. He was well versed in military law. He had handled many cases involving dependent military spouses both male and female and was knowledgeable of all aspects of spousal benefits. Mr. Murphy was honest, sincere and very straightforward with me. We, at times, disagreed but I usually deferred to his suggestions, explanations and good judgment. He was the legal professional and I trusted him. Mr. Murphy was organized and efficient. He gave me a schedule/guideline of the legal process with regard to divorce in the state of Virginia but cautioned that some things were apt to change. Our meetings were to the point. We communicated by email or phone. I also had significant interaction with the paralegal and legal assistant who were very professional in their own right. I am now divorced. Mr. Murphy was very instrumental in securing a very good outcome for me. I appreciate his hard work and skillfulness as an attorney. I also appreciate his kindness and understanding in what was the most difficult time of my life. Words I would use to describe Mr. Murphy: Honest, Skillful, Astute, Fair, Compassionate, Resourceful, Sincere, Courteous, Straightforward, No-Nonsense and Accessible.
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Posted by Guillermo | September 26, 2015
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Best Choice
Michael Kevin Murphy is the best choice for anyone in need of a family law attorney in Northern Virginia. He helped me through a very difficult divorce; to protect my daughter, and; my relationship with her. Mr. Murphy is a man of unquestionable integrity and he enjoys a sterling reputation in the courts and among his colleagues. He is an expert in the law and, as a Veteran himself, he understands the needs of military service families. He has clients around the world who rely on him. He gets things done right the first time, and he leverages technology to do things as economically as possible. If you need help from someone who will protect your interests, then you will find no one better than Michael Kevin Murphy.
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Posted by Alison | August 4, 2015
Excellent and HONEST Legal Advice
I was referred to Mr. Murphy in 2008 by a coworker, who had previously used his services. I was initiating a divorce from my husband, and I had two young children, at the time, so my primary concerns centered around child custody. Mr. Murphy was excellent at educating me on the process of divorce and what to expect. He assisted me in drafting a Marital Separation Agreement that my (now) ex husband and I were able to come to agreement in signing, just over a month after we initiated the process, allowing me to maintain primary physical custody of my children. In 2012, when I found myself in need of further legal advice over trying to modify child support, I appreciated that Mr. Murphy evaluated my situation before having me retain his services again; he wanted to ensure that I wasn't going to spend thousands of dollars to fight for hundreds of dollars in return. I can say that not every lawyer has this approach and it reaffirmed to me that I had chosen a trustworthy lawyer, who had my best interests, as well as the interests of my children, in mind. Mr. Murphy is very effective at giving advice that you might not always like to hear, but need to, if you are to make wise decisions. As it turned out, it did make sense to seek a child support modification and, not only was my request granted by the judge, but Mr. Murphy was able to get a portion of my legal costs reimbursed through his excellent presentation of the case in the courtroom. I found Mr. Murphy's staff so welcoming and helpful through this entire process that it made an extremely stressful time a little less difficult. The last thing anyone wants when they are going through a divorce or child custody battle is to feel like they are at odds with their lawyer, and Mr. Murphy and his staff made me feel like a friend, who they cared about, while also dealing with the tough legal matters. Having such a positive experience with Mr. Murphy's law firm led me to choose to begin working for Mr. Murphy in 2015, which might be the greatest affirmation of my trust in his abilities I could possibly give.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC
  • 1983 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • George Mason University School Of Law
  • 1982 - 1983

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1964

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rutledge v. Rutledge
  • Canedo v. Canedo

Associations

  • Virginia State Bar, Military Law Section
  • Board of Governors
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • American Juris Prudence
  • George Mason University
  • 1982

Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia State Bar CLE
  • Technology In The Law
  • 1995

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Fairfax Military law Lawyer Michael Kevin Murphy
Michael Kevin Murphy
Military law Attorney
Fairfax, VA
Licensed for 41 years