Our Founder, Bob Murphy

Founding Attorney Continues to Influence Murphy Desmond S.C.

Since 1931, the law firm of Murphy Desmond S.C. has continued to operate with the principles and code of ethics set forth by its founder and beloved leader, the late Robert B. L. Murphy. Legal integrity, efficiently rendered services and commitment to community remain at the core of the firm's existence.

This philosophy seems to have served our firm well. The firm has received numerous accolades over years by U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Firms," the firm is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell/lawyers.com, and we have been listed in the top three law firms by In Business magazine's "Executive Choice Awards" for nearly 15 years. In addition, the firm consistently receives high marks for its attorneys, such as Best Lawyers in America, Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Avvo, Martindale-Hubbell/lawyers.com and other lawyer organizations. 

"We appreciate the accolades, but know we cannot take them for granted," said Murphy Desmond President and Managing Shareholder Jane F. (Ginger) Zimmerman. "We continue to work hard to be a valuable resource for our clients and do our part in serving our communities."

While Murphy Desmond has been in Madison for around 90 years, the firm opened two other Wisconsin offices: Janesville in 2007, and Appleton in 2013. While the firm practices in areas of business law, estate planning, real estate, family law, criminal defense and additional areas for a general practice firm, we also have areas of law including immigration, professional license defense and grandparents' rights for more specialized legal needs. The firm has a notable Spanish-speaking law practice (and Spanish website), which includes lawyers and staff in several practice areas, all fluent in Spanish, to serve the Latino community.

Bob Murphy was a visionary and insightful leader of the firm since the beginning. And although he passed away in September 2001 at the age of 95, attorneys and staff at Murphy Desmond still consider it to be Bob Murphy's law firm. Thus, we work to maintain the standards set forth by Mr. Murphy, who served as the firm's first law clerk when it opened in 1931 (he became a partner in 1932). 

Committed to the Community - Then and Now


Bob Murphy was a highly respected philanthropist in the community, as well. His law firm was ahead of the times in charitable causes, and commitment to the community was part of our founding mission. Today, the firm's devotion to the community remains strong, and we proudly support health and human services, the arts, athletics, business development activities and other needs.

Bob Murphy wouldn't have it any other way.

"Robert Murphy was the epitome of a caring and compassionate gentleman with outstanding integrity and commitment to the morals he taught to others," said retired paralegal Jane Ring, who had been with the firm for over 40 years.

"The firm is fortunate to have Bob's legacy as our cornerstone," said Zimmerman. "His character will continue to influence decisions the firm makes -- as attorneys and as a business."

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.

When choosing a law firm, choose lawyers and a firm that has consistently been recognized for excellence over the years.

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.