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About me

In more than a decade of practicing law, I have earned a reputation as a tough and tireless advocate with a passion for helping regular people fight for compensation they deserve. I stand up to carmakers, insurance companies, debt collection agencies, robocallers, and other big businesses. My clients are family-oriented, hard-working people who cannot fight the system on their own, so they turn to me for my compassion and determination to advocate on their behalf. I offer them cutting edge, 21st Century consumer legal representation – with zero hassle, zero out-of-pocket cost, and zero anxiety for clients. I communicate with clients via texts, skype, phone, online, and of course in person. I ask questions, I listen, and then I deliver options so that my clients can decide what’s best for them.


I don’t get paid unless we win.


Certain federal and state laws – like those protecting consumers from unfair business acts & practices, debt harassment, robocalls, and defective cars – are rarely enforced by the government. Instead, the law encourages attorneys like me to represent consumers by forcing companies that break the law to pay your attorney’s fees. I’m either paid by the companies that have violated your rights, or by a percentage of the cash settlement I negotiate. That means my clients never pay a dime out of pocket.


So, for example, if a court finds that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by harassing you, the debt collection agency pays you a settlement, and they also pay my attorney’s fees. The result is that my work enables my clients to assert their rights cheaply, quickly, and easily. I believe that’s how the law should function. Consumers shouldn’t have to pay to enforce their rights. The law-breaking businesses should be forced to pay for their mistakes.


My Experience and Knowledge


I have over a decade of experience assisting consumers with many types of legal issues. My legal career began as a bank attorney for several years with a large real estate firm. I joined a large litigation firm as a trial associate, specializing in No-Fault litigation and personal injury matters, where I tried hundreds of cases, representing both individuals and commercial clients, including major insurance companies in both state and federal court. In the late 2000s, I switched my focus to consumer protection issues, primarily on defending consumers from abusive debt collectors and suing businesses for deceptive and fraudulent acts and practices. I have vast experience representing clients in New York State District, Supreme, Appellate and Federal Courts, and I am admitted to practice law in all the Courts of the State of New York, as well as the United States District Court for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.


In addition to my litigation experience, I have presented many seminars and training events to consumers across Long Island, New York regarding how to protect your assets from debt collectors, how to defend yourself from collection lawsuits, and other general topics such as the right to privacy in New York, and copyright defense & photographer’s rights.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Consumer Protection: 75%
  2. Class Action: 15%
  3. Copyright: 10%

Payment

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse Attorney Michelle Murtha for all Consumer Law cases. She is a knowledgeable and skilled attorney who practices in Suffolk County and Nassau County. She is a valued contributor to Avvo. Attorney Michelle Murtha has my highest recommendation.

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    Dawn Hughes
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  • James M Lynch

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Murtha has established herself an authority in the field of copyright law and is decided asset to our profession. She is a first-rate attorney whom I would not hesitate to recommend.

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    James Lynch Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Murtha Law Group LLC

4940 Merrick Road #102
Massapequa Park, NY, 11762

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 200507/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AssociationPro Bono Award2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMurtha Law Firm, LLC2008 - 2016
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Women's Leadership AssociationN/A2016 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2016 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2016 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationAssociate Member2014 - Present
Suffolk County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Colaiacovo v Dormer, Supreme Court, Suffolk Co.Won
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Pro Se PressNew York Small Claims Court Guide2011
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Berklee College of MusicN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PFLIPhotography and the Law2014
Huntington Arts CenterPhotography and the Law2013
Southeast Camera CLubPhotography and the Law2012
Long Island Photography GroupPhotography and the Law2012
Island Photo GroupPhotography and the Law2011