Meet Our Partners

G Edward Murphy

G. Edward Murphy is the founder of Murphy & Dunn, P.C. and has been one of the best divorce, custody and family law attorneys and lawyers in Peoria, Bloomington, Pekin and central Illinois for the past 28 years. He knows how to litigate your case when necessary, negotiate favorably for you if possible, and win your case for you and your children. He is a skilled trial attorney, but also a capable mediator and problem solver.

He has been lead counsel running Murphy & Dunn, P.C. since he was 26 years old and has been winning ever since. He and his firm have handled over 8,000 cases and he knows what he is doing. He knows the law, the other family law attorneys, and the family law Judges and uses those skills and his experience to obtain the best possible result for you and your family.  He is the divorce and custody trial attorney you want on your side.

G. Edward Murphy is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he graduated 3rd in his class. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Peoria County Bar Association. He serves on local family law committees and is a member of the family law section at both the state and national level. He is also a certified family law mediator.

G. Edward Murphy has a history of success in all that he has undertaken. He was a successful student-athlete, excelling in sports as an All-State baseball player and golfer in high school, and pitching in baseball for Illinois Central College and The University of Iowa in college. In law school, he continued this level of success by graduating 3rd in his entire class, writing as an Editor for the Law Review, and competing in the Moot Court competition. This history of accomplishment in both academic and athletic arenas prepared him well for becoming the trial lawyer that he is. For the past 28 years, Mr. Murphy has continued to excel in all areas of family law. Each year he is repeatedly voted one of "Illinois Law and Leading Attorneys" in Family Law, a distinction given to only the top six percent of attorneys in the State of Illinois.

He is a respected member of the bar and a leading attorney in the family law arena. He can handle all areas of family law, including all aspects of custody and divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, civil unions, gay and lesbian custody and divorce, farm divorces, child support, visitation, maintenance and alimony, hidden assets and income cases, relocation and removal, college expenses, high income and high asset divorce cases, adoption, paternity, post decree matters and all family law related matters. He also handles family law appeals. You can contact him at gedwardmurphy@murphy-dunn.net.


 

Jeffrey M DunnJeffrey M. Dunn is a partner at Murphy & Dunn, P.C. He is also an experienced trial attorney capable of taking on any issue and winning your divorce, custody or family law matter. He has handled every type of family law case you can think of, including custody, divorce, maintenance, removal, child support, visitation, college expenses, father's rights, paternity and legal separation. He is also a Guardian ad Litem who represents children's best interests in custody cases.

Mr. Dunn has been working at the law firm for the past 16 years since he was in college. He started working during the summers and continued throughout law school and thereafter. He is now a full partner handling as many cases as Mr. Murphy and handling them as well. Together, the team of attorneys and paralegals at Murphy & Dunn, P.C. cannot be beat. No other firm will work as hard or as long on your case to get you the result you want and deserve.

Jeffrey M. Dunn is the lead attorney for the Pekin, Illinois office. He handles cases out of both the Pekin and Peoria offices, for divorce, custody and family law cases throughout the State of Illinois. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Mr. Dunn graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2006. He has been practicing in the family law arena ever since. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Peoria County Bar Association and the Tazewell County Bar Association.

He is a Peoria area native who returned home after law school and has been a success throughout his life. He was a successful student-athlete, graduating as Valedictorian of his high school class and excelling in three sports as an All-Conference pitcher in baseball, and playing basketball and golf. He then went on to excel at Augustana College, where he lettered in baseball all four years and was an All-Conference pitcher his Senior Year. In law school, he continued this level of success.

This history of accomplishment in both academic and athletic arenas prepared him well for becoming a trial lawyer. Mr. Dunn is a respected member of the bar and a leading attorney in the family law arena. You can contact him directly at jeffrey.dunn@murphy-dunn.net.

Meet Our Associate Attorneys

James M. CrowleyJames M Crowley has practiced law in Illinois since 2003, concentrating his practice in Criminal Defense, DUI, Traffic, Driver’s License Reinstatement, Civil Litigation, Business Law, Special Education and School Law. He is now switching over his trial skills to the area of family law, divorce and custody litigation.

As a former Assistant Public Defender for Peoria County, James Crowley has over nine years trial and litigation experience and routinely defended clients in all stages of criminal proceedings in Felony, DUI, Traffic and Misdemeanor Divisions.

James Crowley attended Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH, where he received his Juris Doctor and Masters in Intellectual Property Law in 2001.  While attending Franklin Pierce, James interned at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Boston, MA, where he helped local artists with various Copyright and Trademark issues.

James has served in the past as Vice President of A.N.S.W.E.R.S. (Autism Needs Support WherEveR It Strikes), as a Board Member of Mainstream Connections, and sat on the Special Services Parents Advisory Committee for Peoria School District 150.   James currently serves on the Board of Directors of Heart of Illinois Harvest, a local food rescue program.

As a full time associate attorney, Associate Attorney James Crowley is committed to utilize his experience, skills, and knowledge to achieve the best results for the clients of Murphy & Dunn, P.C.  James will primarily work with Partner Jeffrey M. Dunn and his team handling all aspects of divorce, custody and family law matters. James will be working out of the Pekin and Peoria offices. Jim can be contacted directly at james.crowley@murphy-dunn.net.

 

LORA A. KELLERAttorney Lora A. Keller is an Associate Attorney with Murphy & Dunn, P.C. and will be handling cases out of the Bloomington and Peoria offices for clients throughout the State of Illinois. Prior to relocating to Bloomington, Illinois in 2010, Lora owned a successful family law practice in Roanoke, Virginia focusing on divorce, custody, visitation, grandparent visitation, child support, foster care, alimony and maintenance, prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, and adoption. She will continue with that tradition of success for Murphy & Dunn, P.C.

Lora was previously an Assistant State’s Attorney in McLean County, where she represented the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in child support enforcement cases, including establishment of child support, modification of child support, and establishment of paternity. In addition, she prosecuted traffic cases at all stages of the litigation process.

Lora obtained an Honors Bachelor of Arts from Saint Louis University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri—Columbia, School of Law. After law school, Lora clerked for the Honorable William Ray Price, Jr. on the Missouri Supreme Court. Lora is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Peoria Count Bar Association and the McLean County Bar Association, where she is the Chair of the Family Law Committee. Lora is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and Virginia.

Lora is committed to using her experience, skills, and knowledge to achieve the best results for the clients of Murphy & Dunn, P.C. Lora and her team will primarily work with Managing Partner G. Edward Murphy, Senior Paralegal Lori L. Peters and Paralegal Nathan Paquet to handle all aspects of divorce, custody, and family law matters.


Christopher A Nelson

Christopher A. Nelson is an Associate Attorney with Murphy & Dunn, P.C. and primarily works with Lead Partner G. Edward Murphy handling all aspects of divorce, custody and family law matters. His family law team members include Case Manager Dina C. James and Paralegal Ashlyn Smith and together they seek to obtain the best result possible for you and your children.Mr. Nelson handles matters primarily out of the Peoria and Bloomington offices for clients throughout the State of Illinois.

 

Mr. Nelson earned his B.S. from Illinois State University and his J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.

Christopher Nelson has an established record of leadership. In Law School he was a Semi-Finalist in the Northern Illinois University Mock Trial Competition. He served with distinction for six years in the Illinois Air National Guard and received an honorable discharge in 2010. Attorney Christopher Nelson is a member of the Peoria County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. You can contact Attorney Nelson directly at Christopher.nelson@murphy-dunn.net.


Candice M. ThomasonCandice M. Thomason is an Associate Attorney at Murphy & Dunn, P.C.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and is a member of the Peoria County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  Candice is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, where she graduated with honors in May of 2014.  She also earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University.

Candice works primarily with Managing Partner G. Edward Murphy and with her Paralegal Natalee R. Russell in all areas of family law litigation. She is a capable trial attorney who can handle all aspects of a dissolution of marriage matter from start to finish to win your case. Candice works out of all three offices, including Peoria, Bloomington and Pekin. You can contact her directly at candice.thomason@murphy-dunn.net.

 

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