Hon. James P. Murphy
Hon. James P. Murphy is chair of the Judicial Section.
Hon. James P. Murphy was elected as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court in 2004 and currently sits in Onondaga County in the Fifth Judicial District where he is assigned to the General Civil Part. 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 District and currently oversees 260 judges. He was an Adjunct Professor in Business Law at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York from 2008 – 2012 and regularly provides continuing education and training to Town and Village Judges, lawyers and law students. He is a past president of the Onondaga County Bar Association and also served on its Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and Finance Committee.
Judge Murphy is a graduate of Saint Lawrence University and Syracuse University College of Law. He was in private practice for 20 years and represented several Towns and Villages. From time to time, he served as a full-time and part-time Assistant District Attorney for Onondaga County. Prior to taking the Bench, Judge Murphy was elected three times to the Onondaga County Legislature and served as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, overseeing the County finances.