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James A. Murphy III

Violent crime Attorney at Ballston Spa, NY

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also known as Judge Murphy

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Violent crime
    Preside over violent felony criminal trials, pleas and sentencings for violent crimes charged

  2. DUI and DWI
    Preside over DWI felony trials, pleas and sentencings

  3. Sex crime
    Preside over criminal sex act trials, pleas and sentencings.

  4. Appeals
    Appellate Court for 44 courts

  5. White collar crime
    Preside over white collar crime trials, pleas and sentencings.


Judicial Offices: 

Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Saratoga County, 2016 to present
Judge, Saratoga County Court 2014-present

Other Professional Experience

Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney, 1998-2013
Albany Law School, Adjunct Professor, 1993
Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, First Assistant District Attorney, 1996
Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1988
Kane, Dalsimer, Kane, NY, NY, Associate, 1986


Admission to the Bar

NYS Appellate Division, Third Department, 1987
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, County of Suffolk, 1986
United States District Court, SDNY, EDNY, NDNY, 1987
United States Supreme Court, 1997



JD, Pace University School of Law, 1986
BA, Bates College, 1983
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University: Executive Education, 2011
Faculty of Laws, University College London, 1985


Professional & Civic Activities

NYS Commission on Forensic Science, Commissioner, 1998-2013
NYS Governor’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council, Advisory Council Member, 1998-2013
Board Chair, President & Director of the DA’s Association of the State of NY, 2009
New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Executive Committee Member
New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates, Delegate
The Prevention Council, Board of Directors, Director
Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Services/Wellspring, Board of Directors, Director
Leadership Saratoga, Board of Directors, Director
SUNY Empire State College Foundation, Board of Directors, Director
CAPTAIN, Board of Directors, Director
Saratoga County Bar Association, Past President and Chair of the Board, Director


Awards and Recognition

Prosecutor of the Year, New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute, 2013
Child Advocate of the Year, The Prevention Council, 2004
Martindale-Hubbell rated AV Preeminent, Peer review 5.0/5.0, 1998-present

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Licensed for 36 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1987
Updated 11/17/2022

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

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Saratoga County Court Chambers
30 Mcmaster St
Ballston Spa, NY, 12020-1989


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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Judge is fair
Judge was fair. He explained it all to me. I felt like I got what I deserved. Listened to what I said and seemed to consider it. I only had to go to court 3 times and I thought that seemed fair because it was a serious case. I won't do anything again that causes me to go to court, because I learned my lesson. Thankfully the Judge was patient too.
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Work Experience

  • Judge
  • Unified Court System of New York
  • 2014 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Albany Law School
  • 1998 - 2003
  • District Attorney
  • Saratoga County District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 2013


  • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Certificate in Leadership
  • 2011
  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor*
  • 1986
  • Faculty of Laws, Universtiy College of London
  • *JD
  • 1985
  • Bates College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983
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  • Association of County Court Judges
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Association of Acting Supreme Court Judges
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2001 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2009
  • New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 1995 - 1996
  • District Attorneys Association of the State of New York
  • Past President
  • 1988 - 2013
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - 2014
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  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • New York Prosecutor's Training Institute
  • 2014
  • Child Advocate of the Yeara
  • The Prevention Council
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Court of Appeals Criminal Update
  • 2010
  • Criminal and Civil Update
  • Court of Appeals Update
  • 2004

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Ballston Spa Violent crime Lawyer James A. Murphy III
James A. Murphy III
Violent crime Attorney
Ballston Spa, NY
Licensed for 36 years