Frank Murphy - Cordell & Cordell St. Louis divorce attorney

Frank Murphy

Chief Compliance Officer

Cordell & Cordell Divorce Attorney Frank MurphyFrank Murphy is the Chief Compliance Officer of Cordell & Cordell, practicing exclusively in the area of domestic relations.

Mr. Murphy is known in the community for handling very complex financial domestic relations cases involving closely held corporations and trusts. He has been on the forefront of battling heated child custody cases involving allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

Many of his cases have involved dealing with children with special needs, relocation issues and parental alienation. Mr. Murphy has fought cases at the Missouri Court of Appeals and Missouri Supreme Court.

“A divorce is one of the worst events in your life that you will ever go through, particularly when there are children involved,” he said. “If you are committed to moving forward to dissolve your marriage, or you need legal representation to defend against your spouse’s Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, hire the best. I am confident in that choice without having to name the obvious.”

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Murphy is licensed in the State of Missouri and admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri.


He received his Juris Doctor in 1991 from Saint Louis University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude with Bachelor of Arts from Saint Louis University in 1988.


He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy training for domestic practitioners and is former Vice President of Lawyers for Kids.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

In addition to his memberships, he is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education programs on a variety of topics in the field of domestic relations.

In 2010, Mr. Murphy presented the topic “What is a Guardian Ad Litem and How Should I Proceed With One?” at the Cordell & Cordell CLE Seminar, and in 2012, he presented the “Ethics Update and Emerging Ethical Issues in Family Law.”

Watch Mr. Murphy’s lecture, presented with Cherlyn Crosby-Herberts, from Cordell & Cordell’s 2014 Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Child Support: On or Off The Charts.”

Watch Mr. Murphy’s lecture from Cordell & Cordell’s 2013 Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Fighting the Custody Battle Against a Selfish Parent.”