People: John Murtha retires after 40 years with Woodburn and Wedge

John Murtha

John Murtha Courtesy Photo

Woodburn and Wedge announced this month the retirement of John Murtha, who had been with the law firm for 40 years and was managing shareholder for 20 years.

His practice areas included bankruptcy law, primarily representing creditors and trustees, as well as business law and trial practice, according to a Feb. 1 press release.

“Throughout his career, Murtha represented the largest creditors in numerous local bankruptcy cases and gained an excellent reputation with members of the local bankruptcy bar, from whom he received frequent referrals,” according to the release.

Among other accolades, Murtha attained a peer rated AV preeminent status (5.0 out of 5.0 maximum) through the Martindale Hubbell ratings system; was included in the “Best Lawyers in America” for at least 20 years; was featured in the “Mountain States Super Lawyers” publication; and was the recipient of the 2019 Lawyer of the Year Award for his work in Bankruptcy
 and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Reno, and Litigation - Bankruptcy in Reno.

Most recently, Murtha was recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and bankruptcy litigation.

Murtha has also been an active member in the community. He is a member, past board member and past-president of the Rotary Club of Reno-Central, a former member and first chairman of the Washoe County School District Curriculum Advisory Committee and was a participant in the inaugural class of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Reno Program, according to the press release.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1969 to 1973, Murtha was also the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the South Reno United Methodist Church for over 20 years.


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