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.

Areas of Practice

Published Works

  • Family Law at Your Fingertips- Children Issues, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas 2018
  • Ask the Expert – Divorce: Complex Property, D Magazine, 2018
  • Family Law at Your Fingertips, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • Texas Family Law Practice Guide, (Co-Author), West Publishing Company, March 2000, supplemented annually, to the present.
    • This 3-volume set is written for lawyers and Judges, and contains the substantive law regards family law matters, including marital property characterization, tracing, valuation, children and divorce.
  • Protecting Your Assets From A Texas Divorce, Professional Solutions Group, 2005
  • Protecting Children from Incompetent Forensic Evaluations and Expert Testimony, (Co-Author), Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law,  1989
    • J.D., Law
  • University of Texas, 1986
    • B.A., with Honors, English
    • Honors: Distinguished Student Award
    • Speech Performance Tuition Award
    • President’s Honor Roll
    • Academic Tuition Scholarship

Presentations

  • Marital Agreements, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • “Premarital and Postmarital Agreements”, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • Trial Presentation of a Custody Case, TAFLS Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2018
  • Marital Property Agreements, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2017
  • Property Case Law Update, Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2017
  • Characterization, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2016
  • Negotiation Techniques and Strategies, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • Judges Panel, Innovations- Breaking Boundaries in Child Custody Litigation, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • Protective Orders and Family Violence, Southern Methodist University School of Law, 2014
  • Negotiation Techniques and Strategies, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2014
  • Experts, Examination and Ethics- A Guide to Mental Health Experts, Innovations- Breaking Boundaries in Child Custody Litigation, The University of Texas School of Law, 2014
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Co-Course Director, 2013
  • Using a Computer Forensic Expert, Family Law Technology Course, State Bar of Texas, 2012
  • Property Update, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2012
  • Turbo Charge Your Collaborative Practice, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2012
  • Innovations-Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, University of Texas School of Law, Co-Course Director, 2012
  • Attorneys Fees Agreements, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2011
  • Characterization of Property, Family Law on the Front Lines, The University of Texas School of Law, 2011
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas Course (2010), State Bar of Texas, Asst. Course Director
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas Course (2011), State Bar of Texas, Course Director
  • New Frontiers in Marital Property Course, State Bar of Texas (2010), Co-Course Director
  • Electronic Evidence Workshop, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • The Electronic Evidence Bible, University of Texas School of Law, 2009
  • Characterization, Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Premarital Agreements, Collin County Bar Association, 2009
  • Electronic Evidence – Civil and Ethical Implications, University of Texas School of Law, Parent-Child Relationships; Critical Thinking for Critical Issues, 2009
  • Premarital Agreements, Collin County Bar Association, Estate Planning Section, 2008
  • Relocation, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2006
  • Temporary Support, Maintenance and Alimony, Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2006
  • Child Support Update: Within and Outside the Guidelines, Marriage Dissolution Institute, 2006
  • Relocation, American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, Spring CLE Conference, Washington D.C., 2006
  • Collaborative Law, Panel of Texas Authors on Texas Collaborative Law, 2006
  • Marital Property 101, State Bar College Spring Training 2006, State Bar College, 2006
  • High Tech Evidence, Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2006
  • High Tech Evidence, Websites, Hard Drives, E-Mails, Etc., Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 2006
  • Child Support, 31st Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2005
  • Psychological Testing, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2005
  • Relocation, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and Family Law Section, “Nuts and Bolts” Family Law Training, 2005
  • Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, Ultimate Trial Notebook – Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • High Tech Evidence, Websites, Hard drives, E-Mails, Etc., Williamson County, 2004
  • Relocation Debate, 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2004 (Article won best Family Law article of the year award)
  • Collaborative Law Panel, Collaborative Law Spring Retreat, 2004
  • High Tech Evidence, Websites, Hard Drives, E-Mails, Etc., 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Family Law Evidence, Collin County Bench Bar Conference, 2003
  • Family Law Evidentiary Issues, 16th Annual Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, 2003
  • Parentage: Establishing, Attacking & Undoing, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2003
  • Parentage: Current Issues, University of Houston Law Center, 2002
  • Objections at Trial, American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, CLE Conference, Orlando, FL, 2002
  • Division of Property and Dividing Specific Assets, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2002
  • Family Law for the Non-Specialist, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 2002
  • Division of Property on Divorce, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2001
  • Division of Property on Divorce, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2002
  • Family Law Update, Ten Hot Topics in Family Law, Collin County Bench/Bar Conference, 2000
  • Moderator, Collin County Bench/Bar Conference, 2000
  • Family Law Update, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 2000
  • Division of Property on Divorce, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2000
  • Family Law Discussion, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 1999
  • Business Valuations in Divorce and Cross-Examination of a Valuation Expert, American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1999
  • Opening Statement – Jury or Nonjury, 25th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Update on Family Law, Dallas Women’s Lawyers Association, 1998
  • Family Law for the Non-Specialist, Dallas Bar Association, 1998
  • Obtaining Records from Non-Parties, 24th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • Discovery Update, Dallas Bar Association Friday Clinic, 1996
  • Discovery Update, Dallas Bar Association Friday Clinic, 1998
  • Opening and Closing the File, Family Law Conference for the General Practitioner and Legal Assistant, South Texas College of Law, 1998
  • Opening and Closing the File, Family Law Conference for the General Practitioner and Legal Assistant, South Texas College of Law, 1999
  • Discovery Update, 23rd Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1997
  • Discovery Update, 22nd Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1996
  • Business Valuation in Divorce, Dallas Chapter Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Fifth Annual Divorce Conference, 1996
  • Business Valuation in Divorce, Dallas Chapter Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Fifth Annual Divorce Conference, 1998
  • Discovery, Dallas Bar Association Family Law Training Seminar, 1996
  • Attorney’s Fees, Family Law Practice Institute, University of Houston, 1996

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the State Bar of Texas Dan Price Award, 2018
    • This award is presented to a lawyer who has had a significant impact on the Family Law Section.
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Woodward and White Press, 2019
    • Only a single lawyer in each practice area within a community is honored with this distinction
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Woodward and White Press, 2017
    • Only a single lawyer in each practice area within a community is honored with this distinction
  • 2016 honoree of UT Tyler’s Distinguished Alumni award
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas, Woodward and White Press, 2015
    • Only a single lawyer in each practice area within a community is honored with this distinction
  • Selected to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2001, 2005- 2010, 2017 and 2018
  • 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
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2003 – 2019
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2018
  • Selected to the “Top 50: Women Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2018
  • Selected to the “Top 100: Dallas/ Fort Worth Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2009, 2011 – 2018
  • Selected to the “Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers”, Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2006, 2008-2009, 2011, 2013- 2018
  • Best Family Law CLE article, State Bar of Texas, 2004 (Relocation)
  • Annette Stewart Inn of Court, Serjeant of the Inn Award, 2013- awarded to an attorney who has significantly contributed to the profession and the community throughout their career.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1989
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow
    • Board of Governors
    • Texas Chapter
      • Fellow
      • Past-President
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Member
  • Annette Stewart Inn of Court
    • Member
    • Board Member, 2005 – 2012
  • 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, 2001
    • Program Committee, 2000
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law and Collaborative Law Section
    • Member
    • Fee Dispute Committee, Member, 1998 – 2000
  • DAYL People’s Law School
    • Co-Chair, 1995 – 1996
  • Denton County Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Member
  • Grievance Committee, District 1A
    • Chair, 2006 – 2007
    • Member, 2002 – 2007
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers
    • Member, 2015- Present
  • Plano Bar Association
    • Member
  • Southeastern Paralegal Institute
    • Instructor, 1993 – 1996
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
    • Member
    • Chair, 2016
    • Family Law Council, Member, 2005- Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
    • Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
    • Nominating Committee
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Lifetime Fellow
  • The Balancing Act
    • Member

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