A New York Intellectual Property Litigator Focused on Protecting Creative Rights
With more than two decades in the entertainment field, Michelle Murtha has earned a reputation as a tough and tireless advocate with a passion for helping photographers, musicians, filmmakers, and other creatives maximize their intellectual property value so they can afford to do what they do best: create new content.
Michelle is a 1997 graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in music business and film scoring. Working in the Business and Legal Affairs department of both Heavy Rotation Records and Rounder Records, and in the Business and Legal Affairs Department at Sony Music. She attended Hofstra University School of Law on an academic scholarship, where she was president of the law school’s Entertainment & Sports Law Society.
She worked as a corporate litigation attorney for several years with a large litigation firm in New York, where she tried hundreds of cases, representing both individuals and commercial clients, including major insurance companies in both state and federal court. With deep connections to the film, photography and music community, intellectual property litigation was a natural connection on both a personal and professional level. Ms. Murtha now runs a small boutique practice focusing on intellectual property litigation, and has represented many clients such as recording studios, musicians, manufacturers, and photographers with intellectual property negotiations, licensing issues, and legal disputes.
Ms. Murtha has extensive litigation experience representing clients in New York State District, Supreme, Appellate and Federal Courts. She has served as lead counsel in numerous bench and jury trials and arbitrations. She has obtained, enforced, and collected numerous judgments. She is 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, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Michelle is also one of the few attorneys admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, as she was personally sown in by Chief Justice John Roberts at the United States Supreme Courthouse in Washington D.C.
In addition to her litigation experience, Michelle Murtha has presented many seminars and training events to photographers across New York on copyright issues and photographers’ rights, she is senior counsel for Popcore Publishing, a music publishing company that licenses original music for use in television and film, and is also the author of several books, including the popular “New York Small Claims Court Guide”.