Michael W. Murphy


Arizona State University

J.D., cum laude, 1989

University of Colorado at Boulder

B.S., cum laude, 1982

Bar and Court Admissions

US District Court, District of Arizona, 1989

US Tax Court, 1990

Michael W. Murphy


Professional Bio Experience

Mike is a Shareholder in the Phoenix, Arizona law firm of Milligan Lawless, P.C. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mike practiced as a CPA for four years with Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte & Touche).

Professional Recognition

  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Listed

Professional Leadership

  • State Bar of Arizona

Forming and planning all types of entities (ā€œSā€ corps; ā€œCā€ corps; non-profit corps; LLCs, LLPs, partnerships (general and limited), and joint ventures)

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Tax Planning Related to Sale of Businesses

Estate Planning and Probate

  • Simple Wills
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Qualified Personal Residence Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
  • Defective Trusts

Taxation (Federal and State)

  • Individual
  • Tax Planning
  • Tax Exempt Entities and Foundations
  • S Corporations
  • C Corporations
  • Partnership and LLC Taxation
  • Tax Court Representation
  • IRS Appeals (30 and 90 Day Letters)
  • Retirement Plans (Qualified and Non-Qualified)

Real Estate

  • Real Estate Sales and Purchases
  • Residential and Commercial
  • Loan Drafting and Review
  • Lease Drafting and Review