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Kathryn J. Murphy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Plano, TX

Goranson Bain Ausley
7160 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 650
Plano, TX 75024
Phone: 214-473-9696
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

A partner of the firm, Kathryn Murphy has been named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Woodward and White Press, 2015, 2017 and 2019. Only a single lawyer in each practice area within a community is honored with this distinction.

A highly goal-oriented family attorney, Kathryn is skilled in answering one of the most important concerns clients have about divorce: seeing an efficient, satisfactory end to the process. Kathryn initially helps clients establish their priorities, then outlines their options for achieving resolution. Drawing on her extensive trial experience as a family lawyer, Kathryn helps clients anticipate the likely impact of their decisions so they can choose wisely.

Clients value Kathryn’s thoroughness, especially in complex property and child custody cases. Her expertise includes cases involving the valuation of a business, closely held business interests, relocation, characterization of property, and premarital agreements. Kathryn embraces collaborative law when it is the right fit for clients, and she brings considerable skills to the courtroom when litigation is deemed necessary. Above all, Kathryn’s goal is to negotiate a topnotch settlement for her clients. She is known for establishing a close connection with her clients and working together with them as a team to support the best interests of them and their children.

Kathryn is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and a Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where she is a Past-President. She is a Past-President of the Family Law Council of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association, and Collin County Bar Association.

Kathryn was the recipient of the State Bar of Texas Dan Price Award in 2018. This award is presented to a lawyer who has had a significant impact on the Family Law Section – teaching, writing and advancing the practice of family law. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, where fellowship is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

Kathryn co-authored West Publishing Company’s Texas Family Law Practice Guide, a three-volume family law treatise for attorneys that was published in March 2000 and supplemented each year. She is the primary researcher and writer of the book, Protecting Your Assets from a Texas Divorce, published in 2005.  She has taught family law at Southeastern Paralegal Institute in Dallas, and she is a frequent author and speaker on family law issues.

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About Kathryn J. Murphy

First Admitted: 1989, Texas

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Elected Chair to the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2016


  • 2016, UT Tyler’s Distinguished Alumni award
  • 2009, Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law, D Magazine
  • 2015, 2017 and 2019, Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Woodward and White Press
  • 2001, 2005- 2010, and 2017 - 2020, Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law, D Magazine
  • 2003 - 2020, Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press
  • 2013- awarded to an attorney who has significantly contributed to the profession and the community throughout their career., Serjeant of the Inn Award, Annette Stewart Inn of Court
  • 2010, Best Women Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law, D Magazine
  • 2004, Best Family Law CLE article, State Bar of Texas

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Educational Background

  • University of Texas, B.A., with Honors, English Honors: Distinguished Student Award Speech Performance Tuition Award President’s Honor Roll Academic Tuition Scholarship, 1986

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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Office Location for Kathryn J. Murphy

7160 Dallas Pkwy
Suite 650
Plano, TX 75024

Last Updated: 9/17/2021

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