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James D. Murtha has been a member of the consumer credit industry for over twenty-five years, having held key positions in several of the nation’s leading debt-collection firms. As an expert in FDCPA, FCRA and HIPAA issues, Mr. Murtha has written and taught on the subjects and has successfully litigated cases in defense of consumers’ rights. In addition to his passion for consumer defense, Mr. Murtha is an outspoken advocate of Constitutional issues and has championed the right to keep and bear arms in court.



Practicing in the courts of the State of New York, as well as in federal courts, Mr. Murtha focuses his efforts on consumer defense litigation, in which he protects the rights of consumers from the unfair practices of debt-collection agencies, creditors, automobile dealerships, banks, student loan companies and other businesses. He also specializes in bringing special proceedings in New York State Supreme Court and Second Amendment litigation in defense of the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, and against civil and criminal charges stemming from lawful firearms ownership and use, as well as litigation in defense of licensed firearms dealers in civil liability matters.



In addition to his duties as a Managing Member of MURTHA & MURTHA, PLLC, Mr. Murtha has also devoted his time to teaching consumer debt classes and providing consumer education as a public service in association with the public library system of Suffolk County.  James D. Murtha is admitted to practice in all the courts of the State of New York and in the United States District Court for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.



Languages spoken: English, Italian

Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 75%
    8 years
  2. Debt Settlement: 25%
    8 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michelle Murtha

    I endorse James D. Murtha. He is the most knowledgeable landlord-tenant and consumer rights attorney I have ever met or had the opportunity to work with. His skills and expertise in both the fields of landlord-tenant law, particularly as it applies to evictions, and debt-collection defense are unmatched in my opinion. James D. Murtha has my highest recommendation as an expert in landlord-tenant matters and in debt-collection defense.


    Michelle Murtha Consumer protection Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Murtha & Murtha, PLLC

26 Railroad Ave # 351
Babylon, NY, 11702-2204


NYCurrently registered 200807/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberMurtha & Murtha, PLLC2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Thomas More Law CenterMemberN/A
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy StudiesMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Nassau County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of James Bruncaj v Bruncaj, Suffolk Dist Ct, Feb. 29, 2012, Flanagan, J., index No. BRLT-630/12My client, the respondent, prevailed. Petition dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
Town of Babylon v Licata, Suffolk Dist Ct, Feb. 24, 2012, Morris, J., docket No. BATO-750/11My client, the defendant, prevailed. After a trial, the case was dismissed.
Olcese v Bilotta, Suffolk Dist Ct, Sept. 21, 2011, Ukeiley, J., index No. BRLT-2771/11My client, the petitioner, prevailed. Money judgment, judgment of possession and warrant of eviction granted.
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Publication nameTitleDate
PamphletUnderstanding Special Proceedings Under Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
State University of New York, Stony BrookPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Debtor-Creditor Law and Consumers' RightsConsumer Debt Issues in Suffolk County2008