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Kathleen Murphy

Adjunct Professor


Kathleen Murphy is an accomplished divorce and family law attorney who specializes in divorce, custody, modification, contempt, pre/post-nuptial agreement, and restraining order matters. She has considerable experience resolving and litigating family law cases, including those which are financially complex and high-conflict. She also has acted as a family law mediator and Guardian ad Litem. While her focus is litigation, she brings to her practice the knowledge and expertise she has gained through prior experience as a mediator.

In addition to being a divorce and family law litigator, Attorney Murphy has experience as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”) in family law matters. Murphy has acquired unique insight into how judges make best-interest-of-the-child determinations through her role as a GAL. This perspective informs her work as a litigator, enabling her to comprehensively evaluate cases involving children and develop an individualized strategy for each one. 

Murphy began teaching the Dispute Negotiation course at her alma mater, Boston College Law School, in the Fall of 2022. In this hands-on, experiential course, students negotiate cases weekly. As a professor, Murphy draws upon her expertise to introduce students to the art of negotiating, which includes reading body language, client interviewing, and the ability to persuade. This professorship is a testament to Murphy’s professional abilities as a litigator and negotiator. It is also a rewarding experience that enables her to give back to the legal community.