Kathryn J. Murphy - Goranson Bain, PLLC

Kathryn J. Murphy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 214-380-0937

“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 and 2017. Only a single lawyer in each practice area within a community is honored with this distinction. Kathryn has been selected by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in the list of “Top 50 Women Texas Super Lawyers” (2003-2014), “Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers (2004-2006, 2008-2009; 2011 – 2015), and “Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers” (2004-2009; 2011-2015). She has also been selected for inclusion in the list of “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for Family Law (2001; 2005-2010), “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas” (2009), and “Best Women Lawyers in Dallas” (2010) by D Magazine. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2003-2017, and as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters) 2003-2015.

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 member of the Family Law Council of the State Bar of Texas (currently Vice Chair), the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association and Collin County Bar Association.

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.

Additional Information

Areas of Practice
  • Alimony & Maintenance
  • Asset and Wealth Identification & Valuation
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Law
  • Complex Property Divisions
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Modifications
  • Paternity
  • Post Judgment Modifications
  • Premarital and Post-marital Agreements
  • Property Division
Southern Methodist University School of LawJ.D. 1989University of Texas Health Center at TylerBA 1996
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsFamily Law Council, State Bar of TexasThe Collaborative AllianceCollaborative Divorce TexasState Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionAmerican Bar Association, Family Law SectionCollege of the State Bar of TexasDallas Bar Association, Family Law SectionCollin County Bar Association, Family Law SectionPlano Bar AssociationDAYL People’s Law SchoolSoutheastern Paralegal InstituteDallas Bar Association, Fee Dispute Committee Collin County Bench Bar ConferenceCASA of Collin County Advisory BoardCollin County Bench Bar ConferenceGrievance Committee, District 1AGrievance Committee, District 1AAnnette Stewart Inn of CourtCollin County Bench Bar FoundationFamily Law Foundation (State Bar of Texas)Texas Bar Foundation, Nominating CommitteeDenton Bar Association, Family Law SectionAmerican Academy of Matrimonial LawyersTexas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Office Location

6900 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 400
Plano, TX 75024
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law of the Dallas Metro Area
Kathryn J. Murphy has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Kathryn J. Murphy has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!


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Practice Areas

Family Law

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Gender: Female