|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1995||05/14/2017|
|NY||Admitted but not registered||1969||02/23/2011|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Member - Board of Directors||StructureTec Corporation||2008 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Thomas M. Cooley Law School||1995 - 1997|
|Senior Counsel||The Upjohn Company||1973 - 1994|
|Associate||Townley Updike Carter & Rogers||1969 - 1973|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Kalamazoo County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Kalamazoo Family Law Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Collaborative Law Institute of Michigan||N/A||N/A|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||N/A||N/A|
|Collaborative Practitioners of Greater Kalamazoo||N/A||N/A|
|State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||N/A||N/A|
|Women's Life Style Greater Kalamazoo||Divorce: Do You Really Want To Keep The House?||2013|
|Women's Life Style Greater Kalamazoo||Divorce: Facing the FEAR Factor||2010|
|Women's Life Style Grand Rapids||Holiday Parenting Doesn't Have To Be A "War of the Roses"!||2010|
|Women's Life Style Greater Kalamazoo||Someone Wants To Sue - What Shall I Do?||2009|
|Enterprise||The Business Owner's Dilemma: Arbitration or Mediation||2009|
|Enterprise||When Is A Business Partnership Like A Marriage?||2009|
|Enterprise||A Business New Year's Resolution||2009|
|Michigan Society of Association Executives||To Sue or Not to Sue - That's the Question: Here's the Answer||2009|
|Columbia University Graduate School of Business||Business||MA||N/A|
|Fordham University School of Law||Law||J.D.||N/A|
|Le Moyne College||N/A||B.S.||N/A|
|MSOPE Annual Conference||Mediation||2010|
|MOA Annual Conference||Mediate - Don't Litigate||2010|
|Breakfast Series at Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University||Mediation||2008|
Posted by Diane
Mr. Murphy was very helpful in my divorce process. He kept me informed and the process was so much easier using a mediator vs a lawyer, which in turn kept the cost down. I would totally recommend him.
Posted by Cindy
I started to use mediation for my divorce because I was told it was cheaper than a full time lawyer. I stayed with it because it worked great. Jeff kept both sides on even terms, taking the time to explain the other person's position and keeping arguments to a minimum. I was able to set my own pace, which was slow, and set up appointments or not. The whole divorce took longer than I thought it would, however, in the end, it worked. My husband didn't feel pressured to make decisions and give up things he didn't want to give up. He was happy with the outcome because he had a say in every decision.
We were able to discuss everything together, face to face, and not thru a lawyer who wanted to fight for the world and bill us for it. We divided property and parenting time. Even though a lawyer was needed to finalize specific legal areas, my mediation expense was much less than it would have been had I used a lawyer the whole time.
I would definitely recommend mediation as an option for working thru the divorce process, and a much cheaper option too.
Posted by Sarah
When I confided to a friend that I was contemplating divorce, she immediately referred me to Jeff
Murphy and Mediation Services of Southwest Michigan. She explained that a mediator could assist my husband and me in reaching a reasonable settlement prior to involving attorneys and the court. Because I anticipated some animosity, I enlisted Jeff Murphy's assistance and discovered first hand how essential a 3rd party can be in settlement negotiations.
During our consultation, Jeff conversed with us as a couple and then separately. He explained his role in full detail, disclosed his rates and gave us an estimate on the specifics of our case. Most importantly, he set the expectations for our involvement in the mediation process.
Throughout our negotiations, Jeff was courteous, responsive, and always ready to offer fresh perspective on everything from finding the right attorney to division of assets/debts.
He was particularly insightful in his recommendation on how to manage parenting time. Jeff is well connected within the Family Law community and recommended an excellent attorney to handle the courtroom and legal issues.
Now that the divorce is final, he continues to offer support via his website and through publishing articles that deal with divorce issues.
I highly recommend Mediation Services of Southwest Michigan to anyone considering divorce, especially those hopeful for a fair and reasonable outcome.
Erika Salerno, Child custody Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
As a family law attorney, I am passionate about alternative dispute resolution, I can turn to Jeff to assist me in helping my clients resolve their issues amicably, and without court intervention. He manages the mediation process well, and helps clients develop solutions to their differences in a cooperative environment.
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