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Kathryn J. Murphy

7160 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 650 Plano, Texas 75024
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Firm: GoransonBain Ausley, PLLC
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Overview
Firm

GoransonBain Ausley, PLLC


Years In Practice

30


Phone Number

“Helping clients weigh the benefits of any given action, as well as the financial and emotional costs, is at the core of everything we do.” – Kathryn Murphy

A highly goal-oriented family attorney, Kathryn Murphy 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, standing firm with them and working together as a team to support the best interests of them and their children.

A partner of the firm, Kathryn 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.

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 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.

Kathryn is the primary researcher and writer of the book, Protecting Your Assets from a Texas Divorce, published in 2005. She also 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 has taught family law at Southeastern Paralegal Institute in Dallas, and is a frequent author and speaker on family law issues.

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How is this lawyer compensated?
Hourly
This lawyer is compensated by clients, often based on an hourly fee.
Retainer Fees
This lawyer is compensated by clients, often based on a retainer fee.
Bar Admissions
Texas
Admitted in 1989
Awards
Lawyer of the Year recognition for Kathryn J. Murphy
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Family Law, Dallas/Fort Worth (2019)
Family Law, Dallas/Fort Worth (2017)
Family Law, Dallas (2015)
  • Selected to the “Best Women Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2010
  • Selected to the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2009
  • Annette Stewart Inn of Court, Serjeant of the Inn Award
  • Selected to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2001, 2005- 2010, and 2017 - 2019
  • Selected to the “Top 50: Women Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2011, 2012-2018
  • Selected to the “Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2006, 2008-2009, 2011, 2013- 2018
  • Selected to the “Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2009, 2011 – 2018
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2018
  • Best Family Law CLE article, State Bar of Texas, 2004
Organizations & Affiliations
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Member, Fellow, Board of Governors
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Texas Chapter
Fellow, President
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Annette Stewart Inn of Court
Member, Board Member
CASA of Collin County Advisory Board
Board Member
Collaborative Divorce Dallas (f/k/a The Collaborative Alliance)
Member
Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
Member
College of the State Bar of Texas
Member
Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Collin County Bench Bar Conference
Co-Chair, Program Committee
Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
Fellow
Dallas Bar Association, Family Law and Collaborative Law Section
Member
DAYL People’s Law School
Co-Chair
Denton County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member
Grievance Committee, District 1A
Member, Chair
International Academy of Family Lawyers
Member
Plano Bar Association
Member
Southeastern Paralegal Institute
Instructor
State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
Member, Chair, Council Member
Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
Member
Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow
Texas Family Law Foundation
Lifetime Fellow
The Balancing Act
Member
Languages
German
Education
Southern Methodist University, J.D., Law
Graduated 1989
University of Texas - Austin, B.A., English
Graduated 1996
Contact Details and Office Locations
7160 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 650
Plano, Texas 75024
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