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Testimonials

Here are some comments from clients of the Law Office of Richard J. Murphy, PLC.

 

 

We can finally take a breath!!

As exasperated parents of a young man who has consistently struggled academically, socially, and behaviorally in school, it became increasingly evident that his overall educational needs were far beyond the purview of the local public schools he had attended until just recent. Our illiterate son was advanced from one grade to the next, with expectations and goals within his Individual Education Plan that he, no matter how hard he tried, could just not meet.

In our search for a better educational fit for our son, we hired attorney Richard Murphy.

Richard was a fantastic advocate and guide along this journey and made the process less stressful on us. He was clear in his communications, kept us abreast of any new developments, and most importantly informed us of our options as they arose without trying to influence our decisions, nor was he overbearing.

We are very pleased with the outcome and highly recommend his knowledge and insight to anyone who needs help advocating for their child’s educational needs.   

 

K.C., Tucson, AZ

I highly recommend his services!

Mr. Murphy worked quickly and diligently on my son's case and was able to get it resolved in our favor at a very quick pace. I'm sure my son and I would still be struggling with the school district if it weren't for him. He was also very accessible, answering questions thoroughly and in quick time. I highly recommend his services!

J.W., Tucson, AZ

He is highly professional, responsive, and extremely knowledgeable. 

 

We are truly grateful to Mr. Richard Murphy. He is an amazing, caring lawyer. 

 

As parents who are not familiar with school policies, and the process of getting an IEP, we were very frustrated, and at the end of our rope. Calling Richard Murphy was the best thing we did for our son. He is highly professional, responsive, and extremely knowledgeable. 

 

The school failed our son, and gave us no support or guidance on how to help our son. Richard Murphy stepped in, and immediately got the ball rolling. Our son had a full evaluation, and now has an IEP. Our son would not be where he's at today without him. 

 

We appreciate his diligence, and patience. We are very pleased.

C.S., Glendale, AZ

We could not have done it without him. 

Richard made a way out of NO WAY. My son was just out of high school. I felt lost as a parent and did not know which direction my son was going to go. We came into a lot of “No’s” with no help. Richard reviewed all my son’s health records and IEPs. Now my son is in a program that meets his needs. I am so grateful for Richard and his efforts, we could not have done it without him.   Thanks Richard

 

R.T., Peoria, AZ

I love his passion, dedication and effort that he has for protecting our children's right to education.

Richard was the biggest breath of fresh air. I had been seeking an attorney and hit so many dead ends trying to find one to assist me. When I met Richard he evaluated all my information and took my case on 100%. He kept me informed throughout the entire process and was very professional. Our case was a bit difficult but that did not phase him, he stayed dedicated to working our case and getting us a resolution. I love his passion, dedication and effort that he has for protecting our children's right to education. He was very thorough and detailed, answered all my questions and was very honest.  I would highly recommend him to any family out there that is in a battle for their child's education. 

 

R.M. Chandler, AZ

I highly recommend Richard Murphy to any parent who needs help getting their children what they need . . . Don’t think twice, the battle is worth it.

With Richard my experience was the biggest breath of relief I had ever had. He took this case on completely and was 100% dedicated, went through all of my paper work medical evaluations, goals, progress reports everything with so much detail. What I loved most about him was that he not only was focused on getting school related records he also took look in all his medical evaluations, to help him get adequate goals for my son. He made sure that my son received what was fair and right, and that my son got all the tools he needed to succeed but the school never provided for him in the right form. 

I highly recommend Richard Murphy to any parent who needs help getting their children what they need . . . Don’t think twice, the battle is worth it.”

 

R.O., Yuma, AZ

I highly recommend Richard to help navigate the school process and get you and your child the help they deserve.

 

Working with the school to help our special needs son was becoming more and more difficult—especially when the school didn’t listen to our or our doctors’ input.  Richard jumped in and helped move the situation to where our son got the help and support he needed.  For example, Richard took the time to get familiar with our case.  Between the IEPs, the METs, the emails, and the reports, Richard went through all of them to understand what the school had done and what needed to be fixed.  Next, Richard took the time to talk and meet with us.  We talked about what we wanted for our son, our long-term goals, the best way to accomplish that, and what we could expect from the system.  As things moved forward, Richard kept us in the loop and did all that he could to make sure our son gets the support that he needs and deserves.  Being able to get that type of clarity and resolution relieved a lot of stress in a situation that was simply becoming untenable.  I highly recommend Richard to help navigate the school process and get you and your child the help they deserve. 

J.R. and J.R., Gilbert, AZ

I highly recommend Mr. Murphy for any of your Special Education needs

I highly recommend Mr. Murphy for any of your Special Education needs when it comes to advocating for your children. He did a fantastic job representing my daughters. Thank you so much!

B.C., Springerville, AZ

It was a relief to have someone besides myself who wanted my child to get the help she needed.

 

Having a child who is struggling with specials needs is hard enough and can leave you feeling all alone in your child's corner. I found myself feeling angry, frustrated, and what was worst - helpless - because I knew my child should had been getting support yet I was not being heard. My child was suffering daily and I was lost on what to do and feeling like I was being taken advantage of because I didn’t know how many of my child’s rights were being neglected. I am so happy someone referred me to Richard. Needing to seek help from an attorney can seem like an intimidating thing, but I really enjoyed working with Richard. He listened to everything that was happening and really heard us. It was a relief to have someone besides myself who wanted my child to get the help she needed. He always explained things to me, discussed things with me, and never let me feel overwhelmed. I can’t thank him enough for everything and will be referring him to any and all parents who are unfortunate enough to be in a situation we were. Thank you for being the answer to our prayers Richard, we can’t thank you enough. 

C.H., Glendale, AZ 

We are truly thankful to finally have someone on our side to help us with the complexities of the IEP process.

I was so very relieved when I was referred to Richard Murphy.  I knew there were many problems with my daughter's IEP and I didn't know what I could do to resolve them.  Richard took the time to listen to us and go through all the evaluations and IEP's and helped me come to an agreement with the school district.  The outcome was more than what I could have hoped for and for that we are truly thankful to finally have someone on our side to help us with the complexities of the IEP process.  I highly recommend Richard Murphy. 

C. M., Phoenix, AZ

I highly recommend your services to others.

Richard Murphy is not only an incredible man but his knowledge and expertise was amazing.

 

We knew a few of the wrongs that my daughter’s school had done. However with the dedication Richard put into listening to the meetings and reading everything (emails, METs, and IEPs) we were shocked how many more violations they did have. His knowledge of the law was amazing, and he was able to explain it to me in laymen’s terms.

 

He was able to quickly conclude the lawsuit with the appropriate actions taken. Richard was always available and quickly responded to any and all of our questions.

 

We can’t even begin to thank you enough Richard. I wish situations did not arise in our child’s lives that require this attention. However you made the situation bearable and I highly recommend your services to others.

S.M., Gilbert, AZ 

Richard has gone above and beyond for my family.

Richard Murphy is the best!!

Richard has gone above and beyond for my family. He went thru my child's IEPs with a fine tooth comb. I was shocked that there were so many infractions.
He worked diligently and kept me informed through out the whole investigation process.

Upon the mediation process he made sure we completely understood everything every step of the way.

 

He was calm and patient with all of our questions.


I have and will continue to let others know that he is the only lawyer they will ever need for their children who have special needs.

 

Thank you Richard Murphy! You are the best. Much appreciated.


J.M., Tucson, AZ

Richard’s help and expertise was on target.

Thank You to Richard Murphy. Our son was mishandled by the school district.  His life as a student was in complete ruin, missing years of high school until we found Richard to help us.

Our son is back to school with graduation plans, and we can see a future for him again.  He has a beautiful smile and it is great to see him smile again.

Richard’s help and expertise was on target, he is patient with parents (at wits' end) and his knowledge and expertise of IDEA laws helped get us to this point. 

Our advice to all special education students or parent’s/guardians would be,

“Don’t sign or agree to any documentation from the school district until you speak to Richard Murphy.”

L.K. and B.K., Scottsdale, Arizona

We can never thank you enough.

Mr. Murphy was a big help with our problems with the district. He helped resolve several issues for us with a great outcome. I would highly recommend him for school issues as he is very aware and caring. We can never thank you enough.

R.W., Tucson, Arizona

Without Richard, we would have just walked away with no repercussions to the school and no justice for our son.

 

When we met Richard our family was completely broken​​ as our son's school had failed him in so many ways. We didn't think there was anything we could do, and didn't know enough about our son's educational rights and protections to do anything about it. Richard went right to work on dealing with the school and requesting records they had not provided to us despite our having requested them. Because of that, we were able to come to an agreement within a reasonable amount of time. Without Richard, we would have just walked away with no repercussions to the school and no justice for our son. We are extremely grateful to Richard for his assistance. 


 

E.D., Phoenix, AZ 

Diligent, professional, supportive . . .

My son's special ed needs were not being appropriately addressed, and despite multiple attempts on my part, the school district denied appropriate services to my son.  I engaged the services of Richard Murphy who contacted the district to ensure the legally appropriate services were received and that remedial services were provided.  This was not an easy task, but Richard remained diligent, professional, supportive and consistent throughout the process.  Richard kept me well informed throughout the process and advocated persistently to get legally required services for my son.

S.M., Gilbert, Arizona

Many thank you's to you Richard for what you do and have done not only for my child but for the many children whose lives you have touched.

Richard there are no words that can began to thank you enough for what you have done for my granddaughter.

As a parent of a son whose needs were not met and a system that totally failed my son, I know first-hand what the end result can be and how devastating it can be. I cannot began to thank you enough for all your hard work and seeing us through a very difficult process. This is a tremendous walk for parents to have to do alone. I for one could not have come this far without you. I believe with all my heart that you did not walk beside us, you took the time to carry us through what was a very long and hard road for my granddaughter and myself. You never left our side and for that not only have you out done any attorney I have ever known . . . you saw to it that my granddaughter did get the things she needed to succeed. Many thank you's to you Richard for what you do and have done not only for my child but for the many children whose lives you have touched. They are all so very blessed to have had you on their side to help them with the education they deserve.

 

A.G., Florence, AZ

Richard Murphy is one of a kind . . . committed and compassionate 

Richard Murphy is one of a kind if you need an organized committed and compassionate attorney.  He just concluded a 5 year case that went to the 9th Circuit and concluded favorably. Good people.

W.G., Scottsdale, Arizona

We sincerely appreciate all your effort and your good heart. 

 

Thank you again for all you have done for us and especially our child.

 

This meant more to us than might have been obvious.  We feel that we are now in a stronger position with the school district going forward thanks to your involvement. 

 

We sincerely appreciate all your effort and your good heart.  You listened, understood, and cared.  And for that you have our deepest gratitude and respect.

 

S.W. and K.W., Mesa, Arizona

 

 

Thanks to Richard’s knowledge, experience, and caring we have won what we thought was a lost cause.

 

Richard was absolutely wonderful and informative. We had been trying for two years to come to an agreement with our son’s home district that would provide appropriate placement to meet his needs. When we contacted Richard he spent hours explaining the laws and scenarios that supported and or hindered our case. After providing all the documents regarding our son’s case he agreed to represent us. It was a very short time from that point before we sat down with the school district and came to a settlement. Richard was able to get my son placement and reimbursement and we are over joyed knowing we could now continue to move forward. Thanks to Richard’s knowledge, experience, and caring we have won what we thought was a lost cause.

 

A.H., Mesa, Arizona 

 

 

Your perseverance, knowledge, and attention to detail have helped us solve our problems.

 

I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work!  Your perseverance, knowledge, and attention to detail have helped us solve our problems . . .

 

I was in a difficult situation with my daughter’s school when I met you.  The school didn’t seem to listen to or take seriously my concerns about my daughter’s education and her difficulties in learning, nor did they take any effective action in either determining or remedying her learning problems. Once you were on board, they started listening . . . You patiently walked us through the process.  Although the path was long, the results were great! 

 

My daughter is now receiving a far better education in a different school, one that recognizes her learning disabilities and whose teachers are both familiar with those disabilities and willing to work with her to overcome them. My husband and I are more knowledgeable about the legal obligations of the schools and will never again feel so helpless about trying to have our daughter’s learning needs met.  

 

S.R., Scottsdale, Arizona

 

 

 

Thank you for helping our son get the education that he deserves!

 

"Thank you for giving our son's case the attention it needed. The wealth of knowledge, trust and communication that we received from you, helped us get through one of the most difficult times with our son . . . I would and have recommended Richard Murphy to anyone that needs help providing assistance to children with special needs as well as their parents and families in special education matters. Thank you for helping our son get the education that he deserves!"

 

S.P. Chandler, Arizona

 

 

You care about the people you are helping

 

"My family and I would like to thank you so much for all of your help. We were really up against a wall before we were referred to you Mr. Murphy.
Your prompt attention and concern really showed us you care about the people you are helping. Thank you for helping our son!"

 

S.S. Buckeye, Arizona
 

 

I admire your work and commitment

 

"Many thanks for the excellent job you did for our family.

 

We learned a great deal during this process and are very greatful for your guidance (and your patience with our questions).

 

I admire your work and commitment."

 

S.M. Fountain Hills, Arizona

 

You are the only person I would recommend

 

"My wife and I felt it was important to take the time to write you this letter; to thank you for all of the hard work you did with our son’s case. My wife looked long and hard to find the right Attorney to take our case, and after the hard work you did we believe we couldn’t have found anyone better. 

 

 

I don’t have to tell you how much we struggled to get our son the help he needed from the school. Yet, time and time again they didn’t follow through with the help they promised to give him. With your help he will now get all of the help he needs.

 

 

It still amazes me how quickly you were able to accomplish everything you did for us in our case. It is rare these days to find someone as detailed as you were in the work you did. I can honestly say you are one of the best lawyers and a pleasure to work with. You were always so professional.

 

 

I cannot seem to thank you enough for everything you have done for our family. You are the only person I would recommend to anyone who is looking for assistance getting their child any help that is required. I know there is no one better than you."

 

 

Frances and Todd G., Phoenix, Arizona

 

Thank you forever, Mr. Murphy!

 

"As a mother of two children with special needs, I’ve learned that I’m the one who needs help when dealing with schools so they provide adequate and effective services.  This was never more apparent than when my son was systematically discriminated against and excluded because of his disability.   Mr. Murphy spoke at a support group I attended, and just three days later, we found ourselves in need of legal representation.  Mr. Murphy did a thorough telephonic assessment before concluding that a violation against my son had taken place.  Mr. Murphy’s knowledge of Special Education law is impressive.  He was able to find not one, but two ways to have my son’s case be heard.  Mr. Murphy’s detailed presentation of each violation committed by the school district effectively avoided a hearing and a resolution was reached.  Thank you forever, Mr. Murphy!"

 

Marlena M., Gilbert, Arizona

 

Above expectations

 

"Richard went well above the expectations I had going into this. He kept me involved and up to date through every step of our process. It is very clear that his best interest is with the children. I am so excited to see how well my son do now that he'll be getting the help that he needs."

 

Erin C., San Tan Valley, Arizona

 

"thorough, empathetic and supportive"

 

"During a most difficult time we didn't know where to turn. We knew we had no choice but to advocate for our child.  We trusted Mr. Murphy from the start. From our first phone conversation he was thorough, empathetic and supportive. His analysis of the documentation was spot on and he quickly gained a very accurate picture of our child. He was able to negotiate for services, placement, and resolution with the school district. Our child now arrives home happy and successful. Hands down we highly recommend Mr. Murphy for legal representation of any special education student. He is honest, knowledgeable and realistic.

 

I know we are headed in the right direction for [our child's] long-term success"

 

 

R.C., Buckeye, Arizona

 

"we are so grateful!"

 

"We knew that our Autistic daughter was not receiving the assistance she needed and deserved within the school she was attending. Once we began working with Mr. Murphy and handed over our daughter's education files to him, we learned of the repeated violations the school was responsible for. As a result of Mr. Murphy's expertise and knowledge concerning the rights of special needs families, our daughter has been placed in a much more beneficial learning environment. She has shown great improvement and continues to thrive. We owe much of our daughter's continued success to Mr. Murphy and we are so grateful!"

 

 

Jenny M., Phoenix, Arizona

 

 

Takes "the stress out of dealing with the school district"

 

“We were very happy with Richard Murphy.  He took the stress out of dealing with the school district. At the end of the day we were able to get the relief we needed for our son without having to go to due process. You can't go wrong with Richard Murphy”

 

K.G., Phoenix, Arizona

 

 

 

 

"I would highly recommend Richard if you have a child with special needs and need to make sure they are receiving the services they deserve."

 

I sought the services of Richard Murphy after receiving a denial for my 7 year old daughter, Eliza for Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) services.  She had been recently diagnosed with Cognitive Disability and, I felt, met the criteria for services through the state’s DDD program.

 

I was surprised and disappointed that she continued to be denied after our first appeal.  I became very anxious about the upcoming hearing and contacted several lawyers to help me with this process.  Each lawyer I contacted proceeded to tell me that they were unfamiliar with our issue and were not sure if/how they could assist us. 

 

I found Richard’s website through a search and contacted him.  He was very reassuring and quite knowledgeable regarding our situation.  Throughout the time leading up to our hearing he worked very hard on our case and kept me abreast of each detail.  The day before our case, through his tireless research, he found a case similar to ours where the denial was overturned and the child received services through DDD.  He presented his findings to the lawyer for DDD and Eliza was approved for DDD services retroactively and we did not have to attend the hearing.  I would highly recommend Richard if you have a child with special needs and need to make sure they are receiving the services they deserve. 

 

Renee R., Surprise, Arizona

 

 

Mr. Murphy provided a level of professionalism and sensitivity toward my disability, which helped me to feel at ease to the sensitive nature of such issues throughout my case.  Mr. Murphy is prompt in his communication and he offered his time and knowledge when I needed it to better understand my options and where my case stood. . . . When I first reached out to Mr. Murphy, I was emotionally drained due to the legal conflict I was facing. Mr. Murphy offered me a stable sense of security throughout my case, which helped ameliorate my anxieties and stressors. 

 

His honesty and integrity speaks for itself.                  

 

I am extremely grateful for Mr. Murphy’s time, energy, sensitivity, and genuine concern in respect to my case, which led to an extremely successful outcome.

 

 

K.B. Surprise, Arizona