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MEAGHAN E. MURPHY
Senior Associate Attorney


As a third generation attorney, Meaghan is often asked why she too became a lawyer. From an early age, her concept of being a lawyer had nothing to do with dramatic courtroom scenes or Judge Judy. Rather, she thought it was about helping the elderly neighbor with complicated paperwork, phone conversations about nonprofit bylaws that interrupted dinnertime, and knowing everyone in town. It turns out that the last part has more to do with being a Murphy than being a lawyer.

As she’s learned, being a lawyer actually is about helping our neighbors, getting involved with local causes, and investing in personal relationships. Luckily for her, Lavelle and Finn recognizes the importance of lawyers being engaged in the community. Her experiences working with community organizations give her the opportunity to learn about the unique issues that face her neighbors and your business.

Our clients turn to Lavelle and Finn because they want someone to understand their problems and craft solutions that work for them and for their families. Whether a client is dealing with the loss of a loved one or creating a plan to turn the family business over to the next generation, our approach is uniform. First, we listen. Then we plan.

Recently, while helping a local family decide how to deal with the succession of their business, Meaghan developed a survey to collect information from all of the interested parties in order to highlight the family’s areas of agreement and disagreement. She then helped mediate a family meeting to help them determine that, collectively, the family preferred to sell the business since the adult children had embarked on their own careers. After helping the family to arrive at this consensus, Meaghan then helped to develop a plan to sell the business to a key employee and provide an income stream for the parents in retirement.

Meaghan’s friends tease that they always knew she would be some kind of planner based on her fanatical organization skills. When organizing a charitable gala, a law school symposia or an estate plan, her attention to detail is certainly key to achieving success. Her clients also appreciate her strong connection to the community (especially one client who discovered that they are fourth cousins). She’s a native of Bethlehem, lives in Troy and is married to a local from Kinderhook (in fact, she first met her father-in-law as a girl scout touring the state Capitol). Her passion for community involvement directly translates to her understanding of how her clients live and work in the Capital District.

Credentials

Education
2012 summa cum laude graduate of Albany Law School, J.D.
Senior Editor of the Albany Law Review
Semi-Finalist in the 2011-2012 McGovern Senior Prize Trials Moot Court Competition
2012 Chair of the Justice Jackson Annual Keynote Lecture Committee
Research Assistant to two prominent law school professors
Law Intern, Low Income Taxpayers Clinic
2008 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, B.A., Politics

Admission
NYS

Professional Memberships
New York State Bar Association
Trusts and Estates Law Section
Capital District Women’s Bar Association
Society of Financial Service Professionals, Eastern New York Chapter

Professional Activities
Society of Financial Service Professionals, Eastern New York Chapter, Professionals Day Planning Committee
2016 graduate of Leadership Tech Valley, an initiative of the Capital Region Chamber

Community
Albany Institute of History and Art, Trustee of the Board
Junior League of Albany, Inc., Fundraising Committee Chair
SPAC Junior Committee