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Valerie L. Murphy

  • Attorney at Law | Certified Family Law Specialist






Valerie L. Murphy is a Senior Attorney and Certified Family Law Specialist who joined Cullen & Murphy as an Attorney in early 2008. Attorney Murphy's legal focus is on family law matters, including divorce, termination of domestic partnerships, custody, visitation, the 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, and application of Federal regulations in a family law matter.

Attorney Murphy has over 25 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 obtained in the private sector with private law firms located in the Riverside area and 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 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. She was a professor of community property at California Southern Law School for many years.

Attorney Murphy is currently an active member of the State Bar of California. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California and 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 clients. 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.

Our offices in Riverside, California, 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

  • Family Law 100%
  • 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

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, California State Bar

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


  • Community Property, California Southern School of Law, 2011 to Present

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer, Inland Empire Magazine, 2021
  • Lawyer of Distinction, Lawyers of Distinction, 2021
  • Best of the Best, Inland Empire Magazine, 2020
  • Lawyer of Distinction, Lawyers of Distinction, 2020
  • Industry Leader, Inland Empire Magazine, 2020
  • Leading Lawyer, Inland Empire Magazine, 2020
  • Client Champion - Platinum Distinction, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2019
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney for California, American Jurist Institute, 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys – California, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2018
  • Senior Associate Attorney at Top Lawyer Firm, Inland Empire Magazine, 2018
  • Top 10% Law Firm in Country [Senior Attorney], Lawyers of Distinction, 2018
  • 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

Professional Associations and Memberships

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