About Judge Murphy
In 2004, the Honorable James P. Murphy was elected as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court to serve the Fifth Judicial District which includes Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Jefferson, Lewis, and Herkimer Counties. Jim Murphy had previously been elected three times to the Onondaga County Legislature where he served with distinction and rose to the leadership position of Chair of the Ways and Means Committee. In all four of these elections, Judge Murphy has been honored and proud to have been endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence Parties.
Judge Murphy has earned a reputation as one of the State’s finest jurists. For the past 13 years he has been assigned to the General Civil Trial Part where he has handled the most serious and complex civil cases in Central New York. Lawyers, fellow judges, and the people who come before him know him to be knowledgeable, principled, fair, and hard-working.
Judge Murphy believes strongly in supporting and improving the legal profession and our justice system. In addition to his Supreme Court duties, Judge Murphy was appointed in 2007 by then Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman to serve as District Coordinating Judge for the Town and Village Courts in the Fifth Judicial District where he currently oversees approximately 250 local judges. In addition, he serves as Acting Administrative Judge for the entire Fifth Judicial District.
Judge Murphy was an Adjunct Professor in Business Law at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York from 2008 – 2012 and regularly provides continuing education and training to his colleagues, Town and Village Judges, lawyers, and law students. He is currently the elected President of the Onondaga County Bar Association and has served on its Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Finance Committee. He also serves as Secretary of the Judicial Section of the New York State Bar Association, having previously held the office of Treasurer.
Judge Murphy is a graduate of Bishop Ludden High School, Saint Lawrence University, and Syracuse University College of Law. He was in private practice for 20 years with an emphasis on civil litigation and municipal law. For over 10 years, he served as a full-time and part-time Assistant District Attorney for Onondaga County.
A Syracuse native, Murphy is the third of eight children born to the Honorable Thomas J. Murphy and Mary Jane Murphy. He met his wife of 35 years, Alice Moncada Murphy, while at Bishop Ludden. They have two daughters, Jessica and Emily.
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