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Murphy Desmond S.C.


33 East Main Street, Suite 500
P.O. Box 2038
Madison, WI 53703
United States
(608) 257.7181

Firm Details

Since 1931, the law firm of Murphy Desmond S.C. has been working to protect the interests of our clients on legal matters that affect their families and businesses. We offer a full range of legal services that include business law, estate planning, criminal law, mergers and acquisitions, immigration, municipal law, family law, litigation, mediation, professional license defense, employment law, real estate, sports law, tax, and more. In addition, Murphy Desmond has numerous lawyers and staff who speak fluent Spanish to serve our Latino clients and a Spanish website.

Over the years, Murphy Desmond has received numerous accolades for our firm and our attorneys. For over 10 years, the firm has been named in the Top 3 "Preferred Law Firm" category by Madison-area magazine, In Business, (as voted on by their Executive Register) and we have received first place four of those years. The firm is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, and many of our lawyers are named on lists for Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, are rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and, are highly rated on, and have received various other accolades.

With nearly 40 attorneys in offices in Madison, Janesville, and Appleton, Wisconsin, our lawyers work together to provide timely and innovative solutions to our clients' legal challenges.

Commitment to our communities is important to Murphy Desmond, as well, and has been since our beginnings. Our founder, Robert B. L. Murphy, was a philanthropist and attorney known for his integrity both in and out of the courtroom. We still consider Murphy Desmond to be "Bob Murphy's firm." Our attorneys and staff are active volunteers in many charitable and community organizations, and the firm contributes financially to causes in health, human services, education, athletics, the arts, special events and local business development.

Murphy Desmond is also intent on reducing our environmental footprint. The design of our Madison office in 2007 incorporated numerous earth-friendly features and materials, and the firm continues to utilize processes and supplies that benefit the environment, whenever possible.

In 2017, Murphy Desmond was admitted to Legal Netlink Alliance (LNA), a worldwide lawyer referral network, to assist us when clients need lawyers outside of Wisconsin. The network consists of carefully vetted mid-size firms. Members meet at least twice a year to discuss important issues relevant in law firms today.

When seeking legal advice, choose a law firm that values relationships with its clients and the community. Choose Murphy Desmond.


About Our Clients

Our attorneys practice in many areas of law. Within these practice areas, our lawyers have experience in a wide range of industries including, but not limited to:

Business Start-Ups
Broadcast Communications
Broadcasting, Media & Entertainment
Commercial Collections Agencies
Construction - Residential and Commercial
Country Clubs/Resorts
Direct Marketing
Equipment Leasing
Financial Services
Food & Beverage - Sales, Distribution and Vending
Franchises-Government & Service Industry
Golf Course Development
Health and Fitness
Health Care Facilities - Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Dementia, Adult Family Homes & Adult Day Care
Hospitality Industry-Hotels, Bars, Restaurants
Industrial Printers
Professional and Trade Associations
Professional Licensed Service Providers
Public Utilities
Real Estate Development
Retail and Wholesale Business
Software Development & Licensing
Start-up Companies


Stephen L. Morgan
Administrative/Regulatory Law
Jane F. (Ginger) Zimmerman
Creditors’ Rights, Business Bankruptcy & Commercial Litigation
William E. Morgan
Employment & Labor Law
Glorily Lopez
Immigration Law
Lawrence E. Bechler
Municipal Law
Matthew Frank
Jason Reed
Business, Tax & Securities
Mark Maciolek
Criminal Law
Gini Hendrickson
Estate Planning & Probate
Sarah DeKraay
Family Law
Roy Fine
Intellectual Property
Brian Thill

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Debtors' Rights
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Gaming Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Real Estate Law
  • Regulatory
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trustee Representation
  • Trusts and Estates

Office Locations

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Appleton, WI

4650 West Spencer Street, Suite 37

Appleton, WI 54914

United States

(920) 882.7630

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Janesville, WI

101 East Milwaukee Street, Suite 301

Janesville, WI 53545

United States

(608) 314.3800

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Madison, WI

33 East Main Street, Suite 500

P.O. Box 2038

Madison, WI 53703

United States

(608) 257.7181

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