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James K Murphy

Family Attorney at Louisville, KY

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Jim Murphy

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State KY
    Acquired 1993
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2014

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce, child custody and visitation, domestic violence (EPOs & DVOs), divorces involving complex business interests, same sex marriage & divorce, prenuptial agreements, relocation disputes, annulment and separation, post-divorce issues, etc.

    12 years, 50 cases

  2. Divorce and separation

    12 years, 25 cases

  3. Business
    Commercial transactions, banking matters, bonds, real estate, and leasing, business formation, have worked with entrepreneurs and sophisticated business owners

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Litigation
    Simple to complex business and personal litigation - I am familiar with and comfortable with all areas of courtroom practice

    24 years, 150 cases

  5. Criminal defense
    Simple criminal defense, Tickets, DUI and various misdemeanor and felony defense work.

    29 years, 250 cases

I have been practicing law since 1993 and have significant experience in business, real estate and family law.  I have been involved in a variety of major business transactions and, as a result, have a broad basis of knowledge and expertise in numerous areas of the law.  I have significant experience in dealing with corporations and corporate restructuring.  A number of my family law clients have benefitted from my business background during their divorce especially with regard to their business holdings and investments.

I am in recovery and that is a significant part of my life and my practice.  As part of the process of recovery but as the result of my past alcohol abuse, I have been subject to a reprimand by the Kentucky Bar Association.  Rather than being embarassed by this fact, I embrace it and am dedicated to staying sober and help others achieve sobriety. I am active in the Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program whereby lawyers help other lawyers dealing with alcohol or substance abuse issues and other programs dealing with addiction and recovery.

I also serve on the Board of The Morton Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  This unique institution supports a 12-step model of recovery and uses evidence-based practices to treat individuals, couples and families.  It also partners with the Kentucky Bar Association to offer treatment to attorneys with chemical dependency problems. 

In addition, I am sensitive to the needs of others dealing with alcohol or other issues and can provide valuable insight to those dealing with addiction or in relationships with people in addiction.

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James K Murphy
239 S. Fifth Street
Kentucky Home Life Building, Suite 600
Louisville, KY, 40202

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Elizabeth | August 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A breath of fresh air
Anyone navigating the family court system can understand how difficult the process can be on families and children. So many processes in the system don’t feel like best practices for children and coparents; rather, they seem to incite conflict, drain finances, and cause stress in parents and children. Jim is absolutely insightful, responsive, honest, and he understands difficult issues. He clearly is self-aware and open-minded, and he pays attention. His assistant Summer is very helpful and responsive. I’m so appreciative to have crossed paths with Jim and Summer.
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Posted by Ikram | March 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James and team You are the best
James represented me in 2018 in a very difficult divorce case. He and his team were simply great. everytime I thought it was the end and we couldn't find a solution, they just thought of something. James always goes the extra mile for his clients, he dosn't just do the job, he actually does all its needed to win the case.
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very attentive and focused
After experiencing a horrible and devastating experience with a family lawyer that I had previously commissioned, Jim helped me overcome all the trials that I was facing as well as the additional stress that was added by my previous, crooked council. Jim's paralegal, Summer, was also very helpful.
Posted by G&M Investment Group | June 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
G&M Investment Group
Jim has successfully assisted in navigating our company through numerous small to midsize business acquisitions. Always extremely knowledgeable and caring.
Posted by Teresa A. | July 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Honest and Fair
Jim has represented my husband and me for two serious legal issues we faced in the past couple of years: a lawsuit from an unscrupulous HOA trying to collect fees for my deceased mother's condo and a grandparent visitation petition that he filed on our behalf. In both cases we were extremely pleased with Jim's expert advise, his patience in explaining the answers to all our legal questions (we had many), and with the final outcomes in both cases. I would highly recommend him to friends and family.
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Posted by Anthony M. | December 31, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Business & Family services provided by Mr. Murphy have always exceeded expectations. I highly recommend the services of Mr. Murphy.
Posted by greg | June 27, 2015
client review
I have engaged the services of Mr. Murphy many time over the years. He has provided expert guidance to me in real estste and trust matters. He has a vast knowledge of the law and delivers services on time and at a fair price.
Posted by Martha | June 25, 2015
Long term client
I have been a client of Jim Murphy for 15 years. He has helped me with residential real estate transactions, as well as trust and estate matters. He is efficient, effective and fair. I highly endorse him. M.L.
Posted by Kevin | June 25, 2015
Realestate attorney
Mr Murphy had been my Realestate attorney for several years. Has always done an excellent job . I have recommended him to several friends and they were very satisfied, and very happy with his personal service
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014.

Public Reprimand issued in KY, 2014
updated on 06/25/2015

Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

James's comment: “This reprimand while significant was the result of behavior as a result of private issues. I fully respect the Bar's decision and have complied with all of their requests and requirements.”

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Hoge Partners, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hoge & Associates, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • James K. Murphy
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Lynch, Cox, Gilman & Goodman
  • 1996 - 2013
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  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1993
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kentucky Retirement Systems v. Nancy Heavrin, KY Ct. of Appeals, 2004-CA-000238-MR
  • Affirmed


  • The Morton Center
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Downtown Rotary
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished status by peer review
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year
  • Legal Aid Society
  • 1997


  • Louisville Bar Association publication
  • Future of Paperless Transactions
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2015
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Foreclosure and Loan Workout
  • 2015
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Real Estate Leasing
  • 2013

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Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is incredibly knowledgeable about legal issues and is one of the few lawyers I trust for an honest opinion when I need advice on a matter."
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Louisville Family Lawyer James K Murphy
James K Murphy
Family Attorney
Louisville, KY
Licensed for 30 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014. See details