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James D. Murtha

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Massapequa Park, NY

4.6   21 reviews

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    I represent landlords and tenants in eviction proceedings in Nassau County and Suffolk County.

    15 years

  2. Debt settlement
    I represent consumers in defense of debt-collection lawsuits brought by creditors seeking to collect debts.

    15 years

James D. Murtha has been a member of the consumer credit industry for over thirty 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 practice on landlord-tenant law, where he applies his skill and expertise to litigating summary proceedings to recover possession of real property. A large part of his practice is still dedicated to his passion for 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 the MURTHA LAW FIRM, LLC, 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.
Licensed for 15 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Murtha Law Firm, LLC
4940 Merrick Road, No. 102
Massapequa Park, NY, 11762-3803


4.6 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by Mike | February 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely Generous
I called Mr Murtha after hours tonight and he graciously answered his phone. I told him of some threats my landlord made regarding my departure from my apartment and not getting my deposit returned. Mr Murtha clearly explained my rights and put me at ease, knowing i would not need his services but at the same time still treating me like a long standing client. Not all Landlord Tenant lawyers fight for the tenant, James Murtha does. I strongly recommend is services to anyone on Long Island that needs help.
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Posted by Kevin | December 6, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I recommend this lawyer
I called Mr. Murtha for a free consultation. I thought I would need a lawyer and it would be expensive because that's what 2 other lawyers told me. They said I needed to hire them to do an eviction. But Mr. Murtha explained that an eviction wasn't necessary and I didn't need a lawyer at all. He solved my problems by explaining that I didn't have any! And he didn't charge me for the consultation. If I ever do need a lawyer, I know who to go to: James Murtha.
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Posted by Dave | November 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
I retained James Murtha for a complicated eviction and I was losing sleep over it. But it wasn’t complicated for him. He put my mind at ease and walked me through the process. I knew I was in good hands from the first consultation. I would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Zak | November 9, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great impression
I was impressed and pleasantly surprised when Mr. Murtha answered the phone himself. Such of breath of fresh air getting a quick response. The consultation was truly complimentary. No aggressive sales pitch. It was simply factual information that addressed my eviction concerns. As far as pricing, it was also nice to hear a reasonable flat fee as opposed to the retainer fee which can sometimes be very unsettling. In my experience, how you do one thing, is how you do everything, and I feel very good about hiring Mr. Murtha for my future eviction suits. I'm confident you will have a positive updated review from me and my folks about the quality and efficiency of the eviction suits.
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Posted by Joseph | December 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am glad I found James Murtha
James is very skillful and experienced and he really knows his stuff. He answered all of my questions and was always there when I had an issue and he was always polite even when I know I was being a pest. He put my mind at ease and the eviction of my tenant went very smooth and fast. He is the best and I would use him again in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Roberta and Frank L. | October 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Effective
James was fast and highly effective in getting our tenant evicted. We were at our wits' end having to deal with the most problem tenant ever. Then we found James Murtha. He was responsive and listened to our concerns. He was highly professional and we felt we were in good hands throughout the process. He was there for us when we needed him and he accomplished all of our goals in a very short time. We would definitely use him again and we recommend him highly.
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Posted by Eileen | September 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skilled at Difficult Evictions!
I hired James Murtha to evict my tenants from a home I own in Nassau County. Being a widow, and having had prior issues with my tenants, I anticipated I would have difficulties getting them to leave. This proved to be true. Even after being properly served - my tenants refused to leave and used every means to claim they had "rights" in order to stall their eviction. However, Mr. Murtha met them head on - even changing his approach while at court - that resulted in a stipulation of settlement signed by my tenants. If he had not done what he did at the time - my tenants - who knew how to work the system- would probably have been able to get the case delayed for another 2 or 3 months. I'm thankful I used Mr. Murtha to get these tenants removed from my property. He knows how to get the job done.
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Posted by Matt | July 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you James
A shady debt collection law firm sued me but never served me the summons so they got a default judgment against me that I didnt know about until they tried to garnish my pay. James not only got the judgment thrown out he got the whole case dismissed. Price was very reasonable too. Great result. Thanks.
Posted by dave | April 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very good attorney
james evicted my tenant faster then i ever could imagine. she was destroying my house and making my life hell. but james murtha knew just what to do and she wasnt so brave when we got to court. now i can rent to a normal person who pays the rent on time thanks to james. i recommend him.
Posted by Steve | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done!
James was great with me. No frills and gets the job done. The process was exactly like he described and everything went fast and by the numbers. He we very professional and made me feel like I was in good hands from the start. Would definitely use him again.
Posted by John T. | October 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Murtha & Murtha represented me and my wife in a foreclosure. Thanks to James we were approved for modification and we sleep easy knowing that our home is ours. I highly recommend them.
Posted by Tom C. | August 9, 2015
Great lawyer to say the least.
James was fast, professional and thorough and my tenant was evicted faster than I could have hoped. He made me feel like I was in good hands and spent a lot of time explaining everything to me. I recommend this lawyer.
Posted by Dennis | July 18, 2015
James Murtha cares And gets Results
When I had trouble getting my pistol license b/c the PD was stalling and not approving me James successfully brought an artilce 78 lawsuit against them and get me my license. I totally recommend him and would use him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2015
Fastest Eviction of My Deadbeat Tenant Ever!
Mr. Murtha was excellent. He talked with me and explained everything about my case for free, and when I decided to hire him to evict my tenant, the process server was there the next day serving him with papers! He always answered all of my questions, and was very responsive and professional the entire case. I would definitely use him again if I have anymore tenant problems. Thanks again!
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Posted by Nicholas | June 12, 2015
Excellent work - highly recommend
James was knowledgeable, fast and me a judgment and warrant in lightning fast time. He answered all my questions and really made my wife and me (who are both disabled senior citizens) feel confident in him. I hope we never need to lawyer again but if we do need one for an eviction we would not hesitate to call Murtha & Murtha. Highly recommend them!
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Posted by Mike & Denise | July 19, 2012
Excellent lawyer
great work, James. I still cant believe how fast you got those crooked bill collectors off our backs and won our case, Denise and I recommend you highly
Posted by phil m. | June 5, 2011
great lawyer , we recommend highly
my wife and me used him 4 times - and he won all 4 cases for us. what else can i say. would i use him again? definitely yes.
Posted by Dan | February 4, 2011
Definitely the best
James defended me a lawsuit by a credit card bank. The whole thing was bogus abd he saw right thru them and knew just what to do. He won the case for me and now I don't owe anything. Great lawyer!
Posted by Sheila Genady | September 27, 2010
Our tenants were served with papers right away, and he evicted them for us within a week! I'm so happy he was able to get rid of our deadbeat tenant. Awesome lawyer, and seems to love what he does and works 24/7 (he actually answers his phone at 10pm!).
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Frustrated Client
Do not be tempted to hire Mr. Murtha for your legal needs. I found him to be extremely careless, often taking shortcuts which were convenient for him to resolve my matter while disadvantageous for me, the client. Although I tolerated this treatment, often being dismissed by him, I was still not able to achieve my objective. As I started to express my disappointment, with how my case was being handled, he became increasingly angry with me, resulting in our eventual breakdown in communications. This left me feeling hopeless and wondering who my next lawyer needed to be. Save your time and money and look elsewhere for your legal needs.
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Response from James Murtha November 21, 2018
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Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Murtha Law Firm, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Member
  • Murtha & Murtha, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2014


  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Estate of James Bruncaj v Bruncaj, Suffolk Dist Ct, Feb. 29, 2012, Flanagan, J., index No. LT-000630-12/BR
  • My 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-750/11
  • My client, the defendant, prevailed. After a trial, the case was dismissed.
  • Olcese v Bilotta, Suffolk Dist Ct, Sept. 21, 2011, Ukeiley, J., index No. LT-002771-11/BR
  • My client, the petitioner, prevailed. Money judgment, judgment of possession and warrant of eviction granted.
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  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Thomas More Law Center
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federalist Society
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian


  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015


  • Pamphlet
  • Understanding Special Proceedings Under Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Debtor-Creditor Law and Consumers' Rights
  • Consumer Debt Issues in Suffolk County
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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Massapequa Park Landlord or tenant Lawyer James D. Murtha
James D. Murtha
Landlord or tenant Attorney
Massapequa Park, NY
Licensed for 15 years