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Gregory Ian McMurray

Family Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
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About Gregory

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Gregory McMurray has been practicing law in California for more than 13 years and has significant trial and courtroom experience. During his legal career, he has handled more than 3000 cases and has argued over 250 motions . He has also has extensive experience with jury trials and has handled more than 100 court trials.

Mr. McMurray is a native of Southern California and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, Mr. McMurray attended the College of William and Mary where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. While living in Virginia, he clerked for a law firm specializing in family law. 


Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C.
1035 Santa Barbara St.
Second Floor
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2022
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Child custody/visitation and child support
Mr. McMurray exceeded my expectation on a custody/visitation and child support matter. Going through a court process can be intimidating, extremely stressful and overwhelming, however, hiring Mr. McMurray was the absolute best thing I could have done for me and my children. I put my trust and faith in his law firm and he delivered exceptionally. If you are in search for an attorney to represent you, I highly recommended Mr. McMurray and his team.
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Posted by Megan | December 23, 2021
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Highly recommend Greg McMurray
Greg McMurray was a great find! A lawyer with impeccable credentials, known and respected by local lawyers and judges, with an approachable communication style that puts the client at ease while still conveying all the important information, extremely knowledgeable about the law, and experienced in how best to advocate for his clients. I wish I had found him sooner! He is worth every penny (saved me lots of money in the end). I would have used him in my family law case if I had known about him earlier. Greg defended me in a criminal case that resulted in all charges being dropped and my record left clear. It was a result that I deserved, but didn't believe I would receive. In fact, I wouldn't have, with a lesser advocate. Greg made me aware of the challenges in my case, what he saw as our path forward, and he made sure i was prepared at every stage. His communication style is clear and direct without being uncaring. He is an attorney one can trust!! Yes, I just said that, and I mean it. I have recommended Greg to my friend who has a complicated family law issue, and I highly recommend Greg McMurray to anyone looking for a quality attorney,
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Posted by Stephen | February 15, 2017
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One of the good guys
Mr. McMurray was my lawyer back in December of 2010 when I was arrested by the SB County Sheriff's department. I won't go into details, but I was in serious trouble and looking at some time behind bars. In short I began to turn my life around I got myself into some local programs to deal with my personal problems. Taking Mr. McMurray's advice I worked hard to improve my situation. Mr. McMurray was truthful and helpful through the entire process, including giving me a payment plan option which helped a lot. Because legal trouble can be expensive outside of hiring a lawyer. He went to bat for me with the DA and the Judge because I fulfilled my promise to keep myself on track. I ended up avoiding jail time all together and I haven't looked back since. Alcohol was a part of my story and I've been sober ever since in part due to Mr. McMurray and his work on my behalf. Simply put he was my advocate and he helped me present my case as someone who needed help, got it and then as someone who needed a chance to make good and I can happily say he got me a second chance.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2017
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I highly recommend Gregory McMurray
A very good friend of mine referred me to Mr. McMurray. I will be forever grateful. He is an extremely intelligent person. He is diligent in his work and a true advocate for his clients. He takes a personal interest in understanding how you want to be represented. He then brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the law and manages your case in an expedient way. He is a genuinely nice person and the most professional and ethical attorney I have ever met.
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Posted by Susan | July 14, 2015
Highly recommend
I highly recommend Greg McMurray. He helped my son through an unfortunate situation, was always patient and professional, and his perseverance led to a favorable resolution of the case. He and his staff were very capable, pleasant and easy to work with, and my son and I are grateful for his efforts.
Posted by Camille | June 26, 2015
My husband was looking at a Felony DUI charge.. not sure what Mr. McMurray did but my husband was sentenced to 60 days and no Felony. He also understands money problems and as soon as I informed him of my husbands deportation he extended what i owed him. As a single mom of 3 this was very helpful and I thank him for his services, patience, and understanding.
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Posted by Kerrie | June 21, 2015
Best Divorce Lawyer
I was referred to Greg McMurray when I was looking for a divorce attorney, at my first meeting I knew he was the right attorney for me. Divorce is not an easy process and Greg helped me through it, with the best possible outcome I could have hoped for. He always kept me informed and was very knowledgeable about the family law process. Greg made sure that I knew exactly what to expect every step of the way. Even when I wanted to scream and freak out, his calm demeanor and experience with the divorce process helped me to not completely fall apart. I would definitely recommend Greg for anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2015
My Son is Exonerated!
Mr. McMurray did an amazing job helping my son through a series of negotiations. He researched the case, attended meetings, and supported my son one hundred percent. He had a great rapport with my son and helped him feel less anxious about the proceedings. I recommend Mr. McMurray wholeheartedly.
Posted by ROSIE VINCENT | September 18, 2014
When a advocate for children and families hears of an attorney who is doing a great job at fighting for the families in the broken juvenile system and against the broken system of CPS... I just want to thank you from many families as you are a rare Gem to find! Thank you so much and pray for many blessing for your life and know you are a RARE find! child & family advocate Rosie V
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Posted by PrIscilla | March 4, 2014
Greg McMurray is an excellant Attorney and so is his staff.
I highly recommend Mr. McMurray to anyone! Thank you Greg for helping me out with my divorce. It was all done in a timely manor and it was very stress free. His assistant Maria is very poliet, campassionate, and easy to talk to. It's not just an attorney's office, it's a place where they make you feel very welcome and not feel intimidated. . Mr. McMurray is very professional, knowlegable and caring. Thanks again Greg!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2013
A Treasure in the Sea of Attorneys
Mr. McMurray is personable, knowlegable and down to earth. He returns calls promptly and is available to answer questions. His knowledge of law is vast and he is able to explain law in simple terms that make sense. In turn, it is easier to navigate the legal system and have a positive outcome in your case. I was lucky to have him work on my Juvenile court case. I am forever grateful and I highly recommend you to check out his website and give him a call. Wish all lawyers were like him. -A Former Client
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2013
Honest, Efficient and Stress Free Process
From my very first phone call, Mr. McMurray and his excellent staff handled my situation with the utmost professionalism. The process was very fast and I was proactively informed and updated every step of the way. It really was a stress free process and I am so happy that I went with him. I feel that I got my value for my money and to top it off I was treated with respect the whole way through. I feel a million times lighter and am very happy with the result.
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Posted by Renate | October 30, 2013
I was so pleased having Mr.Gregory McMurray as my Attorney
Mr.Gregory Mc Murray handled my complicated case to my best interest. He is very honest, understanding and efficient. My experience was he cares about his client genuinely. I will suggest him as a very good attorney.
Posted by Tyler | September 19, 2013
Outstanding Attorney
Extremely professional and outstanding lawyer. Mr. McMurray. and his assistant Maria are extremely friendly and helpful that really care for their clients. I highly recommend Mr. McMurray and I wold like to say thank you once again for helping me get custody of my two children.
Posted by Loni | September 13, 2013
Gregory and his staff were very pleasant to work with
It was an easy going experience working with Greg. He kept me updated and well informed. He was very honest and straight to the point. It was also a wonderful experience working with his staff.
Posted by Barb | May 9, 2013
So glad I made the choice to have Greg McMurray handle my divorce
The decision to get a divorce is a very emotional and trying ordeal. Mr. McMurray made this process as easy and smooth as a divorce can go. I had interviewed 2 other divorce attorneys and I instantly felt comfortable with him and his office. He is knowledgable, has a lot of experience and very thorough and always looks out for his client's best interest. He is very calm and that reassured me that things would go as smooth as possible. His wonderful staff excels at communicating and making sure the proper paperwork is ready so no time is ever wasted in moving forward. You put a lot of trust in the person that is representing you and with Mr. McMurray I always felt confident in his ability. I would recommend him highly to anyone in need of a "Top Notch Attorney".
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2013
Greg McMurray ( Awesome Legal Council)
Gregory McMurray was referred to me by a good acquaintance. He immediately put my mind at ease. ( I interviewed 4) Going through a divorce is NEVER easy... doesn't matter who initiates it. His sincere disposition and knowledge of the law proved most rewarding. He was sincere and professional when I needed him to be. With that being said... Greg, is a really " GREAT" attorney.
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Posted by Mikael and Kristen | September 10, 2012
Highly professional, effective, honest
Greg McMurray was recommended to us by colleagues/friends at a time of great distress. Prior to knowing him, we had the misfortune of dealing with several less talented and less ethical lawyers in Santa Barbara. Greg stood by our side during many months (including while we were on a sabbatical out of the country), grappling with complex family and real estate law issues. Greg’s general legal skills are impressive. Greg is also very knowledgeable of local procedural/judicial issues that attorneys with less training and experience too often overlook or minimize. Greg takes the time to listen to his clients and yet knows how to convey and share with them what he deems at any given time the most appropriate venue and course of action. Succinctly put, Greg’s pragmatic approach to the law is imbued with a profound sense of humanity and an undistracted drive for honesty and fairness. We have utmost respect for Greg's professional values and ethics of responsibility. His fees are very reasonable given the amount of time and effort he and his staff deploy. Greg is assisted by a very gracious team, available to answer many practical and seemingly trivial questions while at the same time knowing when to turn to to Greg himself regarding the substantial legal concerns that require his expertise. In short, we highly recommend Greg McMurray !
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Posted by David | August 7, 2012
Ethical, Competent and Honest!
Mr. McMurray handled my divorce case with complete professionalism. He was ethical, competent and honest, and put together the facts in a concise and compelling manner. I would recommend Mr. McMurray and his team to anyone that is looking for the best in legal resolution.
Posted by Barbara | April 19, 2012
Compassionate, honest and reliable attorney!
I met Mr. McMurray when I most needed help. He was not only knowledgeable and honest about my case, but most importantly he cared about my case. His staff is very friendly and attentive. I've had other attorneys that would not return my calls so I was glad to find his law office, as they were always on top of my case.
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Work Experience

  • Professor
  • Southern California Institute of Law
  • 2005 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 1999 - 2003


  • William & Mary Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995


  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Pro Bono Award
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Southern California Institute of Law
  • Criminal Law & Family Law
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Gregory
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Greg is organized, thoughtful, aggressive, and smart!"
Family Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Greg is an excellent attorney and strong advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Greg McMurray is a thoughtful and effective advocate. His client's benefit from his sharp mind and his ability to focus on the issues that lead to the best outcome. I have also been impressed by his involment in the legal community by helping to shape young legal minds as a professor of law."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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Santa Barbara Family Lawyer Gregory Ian McMurray
Gregory Ian McMurray
Family Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 25 years
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