Valerie L. Murphy Esq.

Valerie L. Murphy Esq.

Riverside, California

Valerie L. Murphy is a native Southern Californian who joined the Law Office of Heather Cullen as an Attorney in early 2008. Attorney Murphy's legal focus is on family law matters including divorce, termination of domestic partnerships, custody and visitation, establishment of parental relationships (paternity), domestic violence, division of community property, child support and spousal support.

Attorney Murphy has extensive experience and personal knowledge with issues regarding the United States Military and Family Law. Her experience includes issues relating to divorce, child and spousal support, the Soldier and Sailors Relief act, as well as application of Federal regulations in a family law matter

Attorney Murphy has over 15 years of experience in family law. She started her legal career as a legal assistant in 1993 before becoming an attorney in 2005. Her legal career has continuously focused on matters involving family law, and she takes great care in providing for clients' legal and emotional needs. Attorney Murphy has extensive legal experience that has been obtained in the private sector with private law firms located in the Riverside area as well as the public sector with the Riverside County Department of Child Support Services.

Attorney Murphy earned her Juris Doctor Degree from California Southern Law School, where she graduated in the top 1% of her class. She also completed her bachelor's degree in the area of Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino. Following her excellence as a student and graduate of California Southern Law School, the law school invited her to teach and she is now a professor of community property at California Southern Law School.

Attorney Murphy is currently an active member of State Bar of California. She licensed to practice law in the State of California as well as the U.S. District Court Central District of California. Attorney Murphy is also a member of the Riverside County and San Bernardino County Bar Associations.

Attorney Murphy is a skilled attorney and an aggressive yet balanced advocate for her client. If you have any family law legal issues that you would like to discuss with Attorney Murphy or any of our lawyers, we invite you to contact our office today for a confidential consultation.

From our offices in Riverside, California, we represent clients throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including the communities of Riverside, Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Temecula, Hemet, and Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, San Bernardino, Chino, Highland, Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Military Divorce
  • Same-Sex Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Termination of Domestic Partnership
  • Property Rights
  • High Value Asset Determination and Division
  • Business Valuation and Division
  • Spousal Support (Alimony)
  • Parental Rights (Unmarried - Paternity)
  • Garnishments (Wage Assignments)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Post-Marital Settlements
  • Pre-Marital Agreements (Pre-nuptial Agreements)
  • Parental Relocations (Move Away of a Parent)
  • Modifications of Custody and Support
  • Military Retirement
  • Retirement & Pension Division
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Unbundled Services
  • Military Pension (Division)
  • Division of Property (Simple & Complex)

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • California Southern Law School, Riverside, California
    • J.D.
  • California State University, San Bernardino, California
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Law Lawyers [Firm Attorney], The National Advocates, 2017
  • Top Lawyer Law Firm (Attorney), Inland Empire Magazine, 2017
  • Top 10% Law Firm in Country (Firm Attorney), Lawyers of Distinction, 2017
  • Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
  • Who's Who of the Inland Empire (Firm Attorney), Inland Empire Magazine, 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers (Firm Attorney), American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017
  • Top 10 Family Law Firm (Client Satisfaction) [Firm Attorney], American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2017
  • Top 10 Best Attorney re: Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • 5.0 Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Senior Associate Attorney at Riverside's Top Law Firm, Inland Empire, 2016
  • Top 10 Best Family Law Attorney in California, American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2016
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Top 10 Law Firm re: Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2015
  • Senior Associate Attorney at Riverside's Top Law Firm, Inland Empire Magazine, 2015
  • Advanced Application of Community Property, Law Office of Heather Cullen, 2014
  • Senior Associate Attorney at Top Lawyer Firm, Inland Empire Magazine, 2014
  • Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Client's Choice, Avvo, 2014
  • Senior Associate Attorney at Top Attorney Law Firm, Inland Empire Magazine, 2013
  • Outstanding Client Advocate, Law Office of Heather Cullen, 2013
  • Excellent Provider of Client Service, Law Office of Heather Cullen, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Association, Member
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Member
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Member