Private: Jason E. Murtagh


P 610.408.2059
F 610.854.0393
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My job is to understand the needs of my clients, to reduce the number of problems they face, and to solve those problems that cannot be avoided.


Jason Murtagh has represented clients in several different sectors, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, advertising, insurance, and gourmet food services.

Jason is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and in California and represents clients from coast to coast. His practice focuses on solving problems for senior executives and for businesses of all sizes. He helps employers with issues involving restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements, trade secrets, and intellectual property rights. He knows employment relationships and the issues they pose. He has represented clients in cases ranging from claims of wrongful termination or constructive discharge to defamation, fraud, and breach of contract.

Jason also has extensive experience in other legal issues affecting businesses, including commercial litigation and products liability. This breadth of experience allows him to provide practical advice at the intersection of law and business.

Jason’s clients come first. He understands that legal disputes can be distracting and draining, and he reassures clients at each stage of the process. He has broad experience, from providing advice before an issue arises all the way through trial and appellate litigation. He knows how to try a case and has done so across the United States, in arbitrations and federal and state courts. He is one of very few lawyers who has won an appellate argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jason is an honors graduate of Cornell Law School and the University of Georgia. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Diane K. Vescovo in the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis. He then joined Dechert LLP, where he worked until he joined Rubin Fortunato.

Jason’s notable successes include:

  • Representing senior executives when they join or leave companies, including negotiating employment and severance agreements.
  • Successfully defending a large client against claims of constructive termination by former employees.
  • Defeating claims for vesting of unvested deferred compensation by a terminated employee.
  • Obtaining injunctive relief against former employees who violated a non-compete agreement.
  • Winning a case in which one financial services company raided another company’s office.
  • Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a client faced with the potential of significant punitive damages, as well as dismissal of a claim on procedural grounds for another client in a hostile jurisdiction.
  • Negotiating extremely favorable settlements for several clients, including a famous actor faced with litigation concerning a personal assistant.
  • Most notably, winning a United States Supreme Court case involving significant issues of Constitutional law that are applicable to a variety of different areas.


Speaking Engagements

  • “Judge, Jury, or Arbitrator: Keeping Audiences Engaged and On Your Side,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute 20th Annual Employment Law Institute, co-presenter (2014)
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