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GoransonBain Ausley’s Kathryn J. Murphy Named 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law in Dallas/Fort Worth by Woodward White, Inc.

September 13, 2016

Peer respect and recognition earns GoransonBain Ausley divorce lawyer top ranking on Best Lawyers® list. Leadership role extends to Kathryn Murphy’s appointment as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.

Kathryn J. Murphy - 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law in Dallas/Fort WorthA responsibility to give back to the legal community and advocate for families and children has driven Dallas/Plano/Texas family law attorney Kathryn J. Murphy to the top of the list. Best Lawyers® by Woodward White, Inc., in a peer-driven selection process, has named her as 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At the same time, she moves into a leadership position as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.

“Kathryn possesses the hallmark qualities of successful leaders – integrity, compassion, conviction and perseverance,” said Curtis W. Harrison II, managing partner of Texas family law firm GoransonBain Ausley. “Her commitment to her clients and her colleagues in the legal profession has earned her the distinction and recognition from both Best Lawyers® and the State Bar of Texas,” he added.

This is the second time Murphy has been named Best Lawyers® Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Dallas. Only a single lawyer in each practice area within a community is honored with this distinction. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc. every year since 2003.

The Best Lawyers® recognition is one of many accomplishments of the GoransonBain Ausley family law firm partner, but it is her devotion to the professional development in herself and others that motivates her.

Advocacy in Action

“If you are passionate about your work, you take an active interest in solving problems and learning new things,” said Murphy. “At the same, it’s important for me to contribute to the development of others and share my knowledge and experience.”

As Chair of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, Murphy will lead the approximate 6,000 members of the Section in their mission to promote the highest degree of professionalism, education, fellowship and excellence in the practice of family law.

Through her involvement with the State Bar of Texas and other industry related organizations, Murphy has developed strong relations with fellow attorneys and expanded her network of connections. She has helped advance family law legislation that works for the best interests of families and children. She is a frequent speaker on family law matters and has authored several publications including most recently, Family Law at Your Fingertips, a guidebook that provides quick access to the substantive law.

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

A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler with honors, she was the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Murphy is a resident of Plano, where she lives with her husband.

About GoransonBain Ausley, PLCC 

GoransonBain Ausley is a Texas family law firm founded in 1987. Since its inception, GoransonBain Ausley has fostered a constructive atmosphere and strategic approach to help client’s controls costs, minimize the disruption to their daily lives and achieve the best possible outcome. The firm’s team of attorneys, including three former family court judges, offers clients comprehensive experience and perspectives to work towards an efficient resolution in complex situations. Services encompass virtually every facet of family law, including divorce, asset identification and valuation, complex property matters, collaborative law, mediation, premarital and postmarital agreements, child custody and visitation, property division, child support, adoption, paternity, and same-sex legal issues. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, U.S. News & World Report named GoransonBain Ausley a Best Law Firm in its U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for family law and family law mediation, an achievement that involved a rigorous independent evaluation process.

The firm maintains three Texas offices in Dallas, Plano and Austin.

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