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 E. Butterfield 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

Jeffrey A. Rowe is Of Counsel to our firm. His practice includes real estate, business formation, and estate planning and administration. He also serves as a Magisterial District Judge in Union County.

Jeff joined the firm as an associate in November of 2011. As an associate, his practice included criminal defense in state and federal court, post-conviction litigation, appeals, civil litigation, social security disability, and Title IX investigations. He also served as a Mental Health Review Officer for Lycoming County and assisted Attorney Holland in representing local school districts and an intermediate unit.

Jeff is a graduate of Lewisburg Area High School, the University of Delaware, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and the University of Maryland School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Union-Snyder County Bar Association.