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Michael J. Murphy

McHenry County real estate attorney
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Crystal Lake, Illinois



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"Real estate matters have become increasingly complex transactions, especially since the worst housing market crisis in history, which occurred in 2008. The consequences of that crisis devestated the economy and left millions of homeowners underwater on their mortgages, or, even worse, facing the loss of their homes through foreclosure. Many years later, the still fragile housing market continues to recover. In order to safeguard against a similar crisis in the future, numerous new regulations have been instituted to govern real estate transactions. Accordingly, it is essential for anyone buying or selling real estate to have experienced, competent, legal representation. The primary focus of my career, which began well before the 2008 crisis, has been to represent clients in these matters, always with their best interests in mind."

Michael J. Murphy was born on a U.S. Army base in Frankfort, Germany. Just an infant when he came home to the U.S. mainland, Mr. Murphy has lived in Illinois for the majority of his life. Currently, he is a resident of Cary, IL, along with his wife and their two sons.

Attorney Murphy was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2000. Since that time, he has concentrated his practice primarily in transactional matters involving residential and commercial real estate, estate planning (wills & trusts), and business development. He majored in International Studies at DePaul University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1997. Following DePaul, Mr. Murphy studied law at llT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, from where he graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 2000. In 2005, Mr. Murphy achieved the professional distinction of becoming a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP).

Since he began practicing law in 2000, Mr. Murphy has been an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He firmly believes in the importance of continuing legal education, and regularly participates in accredited programs regarding current legal trends and developments. In addition, Mr. Murphy periodically presents seminars on legal topics involving his areas of concentration.

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2000


  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D., 2000
    • Honors: Recipient of the CALI Award for Legal Drafting
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, B.A., International Studies, 1997
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Previous Experience:

  • Law Office of Michael J. Murphy, Attorney-Owner, 2005-2016
  • Morreale Mack & Terry, Associate Attorney, 2001-2005

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association State Bar of Wisconsin Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Illinois Trial Lawyers Association McHenry County Bar Association
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