Murphy, Butterfield & Holland, P.C., was founded in 1988 by Bertram S. Murphy Jonathan E. Butterfield, and Fred A. Holland. Mr. Murphy, a good friend and senior partner of the firm, passed away on August 1, 2003. Today, we employ three lawyers, five paralegals, one abstractor, and two administrative personnel.


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Jonathan E. Butterfield

Jonathan is a Pennsylvania native, born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa. His college career at Bucknell University was interrupted when he went into the United States Army to serve as a medic during Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge, Jonathan returned to Bucknell and received his Bachelor of Arts in English. He earned his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 1976.

Aside from his law practice, Jonathan enjoys being active in the community, serving as President of the Williamsport-Lycoming Habitat for Humanity, Susquehanna Legal Services, North Penn Legal Services, and the Lycoming Law Association. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of the James V. Brown Library and the Williamsport Downtown Business Association. In 1991, Jonathan received the Lycoming Law Association Equal Access to Justice award for pro bono service to the community.

Jonathan has a general civil practice with an emphasis in estate planning and probate, litigation, including commercial and personal injury, workers’ compensation, and social security.

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Fred A. Holland

Fred A. Holland is a shareholder in the firm of Murphy, Butterfield & Holland, P.C. He graduated from the University of Delaware, earning a bachelor of arts degree in economics and political science, and received his law degree from the College of William & Mary. Fred practices primarily in the areas of real estate, business law, estate planning and school law. He is the solicitor for three school districts in Lycoming County and the BLaST Intermediate Unit 17, as well as the Lycoming County Industrial Development Authority.

Fred is and has been actively involved with many community organizations. These include the Williamsport Kiwanis Club, the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition, and the Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Center. He has been seen on stage performing with the Community Theatre League, the Williamsport Chamber Choir & Orchestra, the Williamsport Civic Chorus, and Lycoming College. He also serves many arts and non-profit organizations behind the scenes, often providing legal services to get non-profit organizations started.

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Jeffrey A. Rowe

Jeff joined the firm as an associate in November of 2011. He graduated from Lewisburg Area High School, and received a bachelor of arts from the University of Delaware where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law where he served on the executive board of the school’s Journal on Race, Religion, Gender and Class.
Jeff is a former public defender and assistant district attorney who has represented hundreds of clients at both the trial and appellate levels. His practice includes criminal defense in both state and federal court, real estate transactions and litigation, social security disability, estate planning, general civil litigation, and Title IX investigations. He also serves as a Mental Health Review Officer for Lycoming County and assists Attorney Holland in representing two local school district and an intermediate unit.