Community Service

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” -- attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt

When the firm opened its doors in 1931, giving back to our communities was part of our founding values. Murphy Desmond continues to contribute to numerous organizations each year by volunteering our time and providing financial support.

Morgan Elected to Board of Directors of CATCH

Attorney Bill Morgan has been elected to the Board of Directors of Community Around the Children’s Hospital (CATCH), effective January 1, 2018, for a three-year term
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Firm Supports WVMO in Monona

As an active supporter of the Monona area, Murphy Desmond sponsored a watt for local radio station WVMO, 98.7FM, the Voice of Monona
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Attorney Mendoza Discusses Puerto Rico and Hurricane Efforts as Guest on “For the Record” TV Show

Attorney Mario Mendoza was interviewed on WISC-TV Madison’s “For the Record” show by host Neil Heinen to discuss local efforts to help survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
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Murphy Desmond Sponsors the Madison Marathon

Murphy Desmond was once again the map and RaceJoy mobile app sponsor (for GPS tracking) of the Madison Marathon on Sunday, November 12, 2017, benefiting local charities, MyTEAM TRIUMPH and Badger Honor Flight
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Firm Hosts Drop-off Site for Puerto Rico Relief Fund of South Central Wisconsin

The Puerto Rico Relief Fund of South Central Wisconsin (PRRF-SCW) will be utilizing the Murphy Desmond Madison office for its drop-off site. PRRF-SCW was organized, in part, by Attorney Glorily López to assist victims of Hurricane Maria
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Murphy Desmond Shows Support for the Recovery Foundation

Murphy Desmond was a Bronze Sponsor of the Voices for Recovery Foundation Luncheon on October 9, 2017, at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison
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Firm Sponsors 2017 NAMI Walk

Murphy Desmond has been a sponsor of the annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk for over 10 years
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Murphy Desmond Sponsors the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest

On September 15-16, 2017, the firm sponsored the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Oregon, Wisconsin
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Firm Attends GMCC Annual Dinner

Murphy Desmond employees and guests attended the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on September 27, 2017, in Madison at the Monona Terrace
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Firms Participates in MESBA Food Pairing Event

Murphy Desmond participated in the Craft Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing event hosted by Monona East Side Business Alliance (MESBA) on September 21, 2017
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Fine Presents to Glass Collectors on Legacy Gifting

On September 9, 2017, Attorney Roy Fine presented to glass art collectors, artists, and glass scholars from around the country at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass symposium entitled “Searching for Excellence: Leaving a Legacy.”
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Fine Participates in Fox Valley Road & Track Classic

Attorney Roy Fine organized and hosted the Fox Valley Road & Track Classic on September 16, 2017, which included about 50 people and 25 collector automobiles making a caravan from Neenah to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
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Firm Co-Sponsors National Heritage Land Trust Celebration

Murphy Desmond co-sponsored the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Town of Dunn’s land conservation partnership with the National Heritage Land Trust
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Firm Sponsors Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Run/Walk

On August 26, 2017, Murphy Desmond sponsored the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival Run/Walk at Fireman’s Park, which is a fundraiser to support non-profit organizations in the area
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Murphy Desmond Supports Habitat for Humanity

On August 14, 2017, attorneys Vern Jesse and Steve Morgan attended the 1st KMA Cares Golf Outing at Bishop’s Bay Country Club in Middleton
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Fine Participates in Neenah 5K Run/Walk

Attorney Roy Fine ran in the 3rd Annual Neenah High School Cross Country Run/Walk on August 13, 2017, in Neenah, Wisconsin
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Firm Sponsors Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala

Murphy Desmond was pleased to sponsor the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Annual Dream BIG Gala on July 27, 2017, at the Madison Marriott West
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Mendoza Featured in Capital City Hues

Attorney Mario Mendoza was featured in the online magazine Capital City Hues on July 24, 2017
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DeKraay Wins City Golf Championship

Congratulations to attorney Sarah DeKraay!
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Firm Sponsors Swing Against Cancer Event

Attorneys Connor Valentyn, Tim Casper and Sarah DeKraay attended the Swing Against Cancer golf outing in Wisconsin Rapids on June 26, 2017.
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Firms Attends McCarthy Dinner to Benefit American Family Children’s Hospital

Murphy Desmond has been part of the Mike & Jessica McCarthy annual event since its inception in 2010.
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Firm Sponsors Pit Stop During National Bike to Work Day

Murphy Desmond sponsored a Bike to Work Day Pit Stop in partnership with Monona East Side Business Alliance (MESBA) on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 7-9am.
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Attorney Mendoza Named on List for Most Powerful Latinos in Wisconsin

Attorney Mario Mendoza has been featured in “Si Se Puede 2017: The 29 Most Powerful Latinos in Wisconsin.”
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Firm Sponsors Luncheon to Benefit the Wisconsin Historical Foundation

The firm once again sponsored the Robert B.L. Murphy Legacy Circle Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Nakoma Country Club in Madison.
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Murphy Desmond Sponsors Clean Lakes Alliance Event

On May 3, 2017, Murphy Desmond sponsored the annual Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) breakfast to support the ongoing mission to clean up Madison-area lakes.
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Attorney Jesse Volunteers With Badger Honor Flight

Attorney Vern Jesse joined U.S. Air Force veteran Richard Williamson as a guardian for Badger Honor Flight on April 22, 2017.
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Firm Hosts NAMI Walk Information Meeting

Murphy Desmond once again hosted the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk Information meeting.
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Inmigración al Día Radio Show on La Movida Radio (WLMV 1480AM)

Inmigración al Día (Immigration up-to-date) is a radio show in which the Immigration Practice Leader from Murphy Desmond S.C., Attorney Glorily A. López, discusses, analyzes, and explains the latest developments and news in the area of immigration law.
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Rosen Named Chair of Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County

Criminal defense attorney Bruce Rosen was named Chair of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Dane County.
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Immigration Attorney López Meets With Office for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

On March 7, 2017, Immigration Attorney Practice Leader Glorily López met with staffers from the Office for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin in Milwaukee and Washington, DC to discuss the impact of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.
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Mendoza Elected Trustee of United Way of Dane County Foundation

Attorney Mario Mendoza was recently elected as a Trustee of the United Way of Dane County Foundation.
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Murphy Desmond Receives Community Award from the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County

Murphy Desmond is honored to receive the 2017 Continuous Support & Commitment Award from the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County for our long-standing support of the Chamber and its mission.
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Attorney Helland Appears on El Debate to Discuss Issues Impacting Small Businesses and their Owners

On February 27, 2017, Attorney Alison Helland was the featured guest on “El Debate,” La Movida 1480 AM’s Spanish language morning call-in show.
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Attorney Mendoza Featured in Madison365

Attorney Mario Mendoza was featured in Madison365 in an article about the history of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County.
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Immigration Lawyer Glorily López Interviewed on ABC Affiliate in Madison

Attorney Glorily López continues to be a resource for local media and in the community as it pertains to immigration law in the United States
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Murphy Desmond Immigration Lawyers Speak to College Students

Immigration Attorney Maryam Ghayyad spoke to students at the University of Wisconsin Multicultural Student Center on December 7, 2016, to discuss “Immigration and Uncertainties of 2017.”
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Zimmerman and DeKraay Win EWGA Cup National Championship

Attorneys Ginger Zimmerman and Sarah DeKraay participated in the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) Cup National Championship on November 10-11, 2016, and their team from EWGA’s Madison (WI) Chapter won the tournament
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Firm Sponsors 2016 Madison Marathon

Murphy Desmond is pleased to once again sponsor the Madison Marathon Madison Marathon on November 13, 2016
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DeKraay Inducted in Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to attorney Sarah DeKraay!
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Mendoza is MC at Hispanic Heritage Luncheon

Attorney Mario Mendoza served as the master of ceremonies for the 6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon on October 12, 2016.
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Murphy Desmond Sponsors NAMI Walk

Murphy Desmond is the Start/Finish Line Sponsor at the annual NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk in Madison, being held on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
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Firm Supports the Recovery Foundation

On September 26, 2016, Murphy Desmond was a sponsor of the Voices For Recovery Luncheon in Madison
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Fox Valley Road and Track Classic Sponsored by Murphy Desmond

On September 17, 2016, attorney Roy Fine and his guest participated in the Fox Valley Road and Track Classic in Roy’s ’98 Jaguar XK8
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Firm Sponsored Rhumba 4 Rainbow

In support of The Rainbow Project, which helps families in crisis and children who have suffered abuses, the firm sponsored Rhumba 4 Rainbow in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 23, 2016
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Murphy Desmond Sponsors First Tee of South Central Wisconsin Golf Outing

Murphy Desmond was a sponsor of The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin golf outing on September 12, 2016 in Madison
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Attorney Mario Mendoza Speaks at LCC Enlace

Attorney Mario Mendoza, head of the firm’s Bilingual Legal Services Group, debuted Murphy Desmond’s recently printed Spanish-language business and estate planning brochures at the Latino Chamber of Commerce “Enlace” event on August 18, 2016, at La Taguara Restaurant.
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Firm Sponsors Middleton Good Neighbor Festival 5K Run/Walk

Murphy Desmond was pleased to sponsor the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival 5K Run/Walk on Aug. 27, 2016.
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Murphy Desmond Participates in United Way Day of Caring

Several Murphy Desmond employees volunteered on August 18, 2016, for United Way's Day of Caring.
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Firm Sponsors Race in Neenah, WI

Murphy Desmond sponsored the 2nd Annual Neenah High School Cross Country 5K Run on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
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Murphy Desmond/EWGA Madison Results Are In

After a summer of matches, the winning team has been announced in the first Murphy Desmond/EWGA Madison Team Match Play Tournament. Congratulations to the team of Sandra Latham and Cindy Schmelzer (pictured) who beat Sarah DeKraay and Teri Redmond to claim the championship title!
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Helland Selected as Up and Coming Lawyer by Wisconsin Law Journal

Attorney Alison Helland has been named to the list of “Up and Coming Lawyers” as published in the Wisconsin Law Journal.
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Bechler Elected to Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Attorney Larry Bechler has been elected as a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
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Firm Sponsors Swing Against Cancer Golf Outing

Murphy Desmond sponsored "Swing Against Cancer" in Wisconsin Rapids on Monday, June 27, with a hole and foursome at the Ridges Golf Course
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Helland Elected SLC Representative to State Bar of Wisconsin Legislative Oversight Committee

The State Bar of Wisconsin Section Leaders Council (SLC) has elected attorney Alison Helland to serve as its representative to the State Bar’s Legislative Oversight Committee for a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2016.
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Murphy Desmond Supports American Family Children’s Hospital

On June 12, members of the firm and their guests enjoyed an evening with Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy, his wife, Jessica, and former Green Bay Packers.
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Zimmerman Honored at Event for "Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award"

Attorney Ginger Zimmerman is the recipient of the 2016 Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award from the United Way of Dane County Women’s Leadership Council.
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Firm Hosts Latino Chamber of Commerce Enlace Event

On Thursday, May 16, from 6:00-8:00pm, the Madison office of Murphy Desmond hosted “Enlace” which is a monthly networking event of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County. Approximately 40 people attended the event which included food from La Taguara Restaurant.
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Firm Sponsors Dane County Bar Association Luncheon

Murphy Desmond was a sponsor of the Dane County Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Division luncheon on May 12, 2016,
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Zimmerman Serves as Judge for Madison College Business Plan Contest

As part of the firm’s Business Start-Up/ Entrepreneurial practice group, attorney Ginger Zimmerman participated as a judge for the Madison College Challenge, a business plan contest for students at Madison College.
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Robert B.L. Murphy Legacy Circle Luncheon Honors Our Founder

The Wisconsin Historical Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the Wisconsin Historical Society, hosted luncheons sponsored by Murphy Desmond on May 3 (in Madison) and May 5 (in Milwaukee) for members of the Murphy Legacy Circle and Wisconsin Historical Foundation.
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Firm Sponsors Clean Lakes Alliance Breakfast

Ten Murphy Desmond attorneys attended the Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast on May 3, 2016, to benefit the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA). Environmental lawyer Matt Frank is on the Board of Directors of CLA.
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Brickl Speaks at Employment Conference in Wisconsin Dells

Murphy Desmond office manager Kathy Brickl was a panelist at the Wisconsin Employment First 2016 Conference in Wisconsin Dells on April 4, 2016.
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Firm Hosts NAMI Event in Madison Office

Murphy Desmond is pleased to host the annual Walk Information Meeting for NAMI Dane County, Inc.
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Mundt Elected to Vice Chair Committee for Office of Lawyer Regulation

Attorney Bill Mundt was elected Vice Chair of the Preliminary Review Committee for Office of Lawyer Regulation, which is an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
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Zimmerman Receives Philanthropy Award from United Way

Congratulations to attorney Ginger Zimmerman who is the recipient of the “United Way of Dane County Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award” by the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.
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Firm sponsors Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest 2016

Murphy Desmond is pleased to be a sponsor of the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.
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Firm sponsors Latino Chamber of Commerce Dinner

On Saturday, February, 13, Murphy Desmond lawyers and their guests (10 total) attended the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County’s Annual Dinner
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Casper Named President of Monona East Side Business Alliance

Attorney Tim Casper began a 2-year term as President of the Monona East Side Business Alliance (formerly the Monona Chamber and Commerce)
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Firm Supports Van Hise Elementary School Fundraiser

Murphy Desmond showed our support for Madison’s Van Hise Elementary School’s PTO with a sponsorship of CARNIVAL TIME, a family event held in January 2016
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Murphy Desmond Makes Donation to Mentoring Positives, Inc.

Murphy Desmond showed our support of Mentoring Positives, Inc.    with a sponsorship of their Annual Fundraiser in December 2015. The organization, founded by basketball player Will Green and his wife, Becky, supports at-risk youth. The firm has supported Mentoring Positives, Inc. since 2012.
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Latino Art Fair Sponsored by Murphy Desmond

In partnership with the Latino Chamber of Commerce, Murphy Desmond sponsored the Latino Art Fair on October 7, 2016, at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.
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For All Your Legal Challenges

With nearly 40 lawyers in a wide range of practices, Murphy Desmond S.C. can assist you in all of your business and personal legal needs. Since 1931, our firm has worked to achieve our clients’ goals in a timely, cost-effective, and final manner.

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For a consultation with Murphy Desmond, call 608.257.7181 or send us an e-mail. Our firm has offices in Madison, Janesville, and Appleton, and serves clients throughout Wisconsin.