Murphy, Bartol & O'Brien, LLP

Murphy, Bartol & O'Brien, LLP

MURPHY, BARTOL & O'BRIEN, LLP, is a full-service law firm that provides a wide range of legal services to its clients on Long Island and in the New York City metropolitan area.

Firm Overview

The firm is dedicated to the philosophy of providing high quality legal services at reasonable fees in the areas of appellate advocacy, business litigation, corporate law, employment law, real estate law, taxation, trusts and estates law and litigation and zoning law.

The firm was founded and formed in 1978 by Patrick M. Murphy, Jr. (now deceased) and Ernest T. Bartol. Drawing on the extensive experience of its members, the firm services all types of clients from individuals and family owned local businesses to multi-national conglomerates. Present clients include major oil companies, municipalities, special districts, fire companies and fire districts, individual and commercial lenders, professionals, real estate brokers and developers, restaurant and hotel franchises, entrepreneurs and corporate clients on a local and national basis.

The foundation of the firm is its people. In addition to the attorneys, the firm consists of paralegals, legal secretaries, law assistants, a bookkeeper and a messenger. The attorneys have diverse backgrounds, training, experience and education, and practice law in all State and Federal Courts.

To assist the attorneys in delivering fine quality legal services at reasonable fees, and to enhance the firm's capabilities, is a technologically-advanced computer system, fully-integrated law library, telefax and E-mail enabling the firm to provide services more economically and efficiently. A skilled support staff and a sophisticated software program ensures that the firm's high standards are maintained and reflected in its work product.

Since its inception, MURPHY, BARTOL & O'BRIEN, LLP has grown as its practice increased. Its growth has paralleled Long Island's emergence as a center for business, banking and law. MURPHY, BARTOL & O'BRIEN, LLP is located in Mineola, the County seat of Nassau County, New York.

Main Office

Main Office
21 Jerico Turnpike
Mineola NY 11501



Estate Planning

The firm provides legal services on all aspects of estate planning, will drafting, the probate and administration of estates and trusts, and the tax issues of estate and gift planning.

The firm also represents various clients in uncontested and contested Surrogate's Court litigation, and fiduciary matters such as conservatorships, guardianships and accountings. This area of the law includes business succession planning, business valuations, estate planning, estate administration, retirement planning and all phases of Surrogate's Court litigation. Under the direction and supervision of Ernest T. Bartol, and Diane K. Mendez have become proficient in all aspects of trusts and estates law.


Murphy, Bartol & O'Brien, LLP

ERNEST T. BARTOL received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1970. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1971, Mr. Bartol has served as a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Law Committee from 1977 to date, the Professional Ethics Committee from 1979 to date, and the Tax Certiorari Committee from 1988 to date, and the New York State Bar Association Estates and Trusts Law Committee from 1973 to date.

Mr. Bartol, who has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Fordham University, has concentrated in all phases of Estates, Wills and Trusts and commercial litigation since leaving the employ of a major accounting firm in 1971.

On the Estate planning side, he has been engaged in all phases of Estate asset protection by drafting, inter alia, (1) Wills with Unified Credit Shelter trusts and provisions, (2) Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts, including Life Insurance Trusts, (3) Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, (4) Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, (5) Private Annuities, (6) GRATS, GRITS and GRUTS and (7) other planning devices for use by individuals, shareholders of family and closely-held businesses and partners of family and closely-held businesses.

On the Estate litigation side, he has been engaged in all types of proceedings in the Surrogate's Courts located in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and upstate Counties, including contested probate proceedings, contested accounting proceedings, discovery proceedings, etc. His estate work also includes the preparation and filing of Federal and New York State Estate tax returns. He also has handled many commercial trials in the New York State Supreme Courts and the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts.

A member of the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law Committee wherein he frequently lectures on estate-related topics, Mr. Bartol also has recently been inducted as a member of the Federal Bar Council, and has become a member in the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of various Who's Who registers, including Who's Who in American Law.

In 2003 Mr. Bartol became a member of the Civil Rules Committee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and in August of 2008 he became a member of the Magistrate Selection Committee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In March of 2008 he became a member of the State of New York Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second, Tenth and Eleventh Judicial Districts. In June of 2008 he became a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Tenth Judicial District of the New York State Supreme Court. In 2004 he became the Presiding Trustee of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, a charity for whom he has donated substantial time for 30 years.

Mr. Bartol is admitted to practice before all the Courts of the State of New York, a number of United States District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court. While Mr. Bartol is a seasoned litigator, he is also the Managing Attorney of MURPHY, BARTOL & O'BRIEN, LLP.


Villanova University School of Law


Murphy, Bartol & O'Brien, LLP

KEVIN J. O'BRIEN received his Juris Doctorate Degree from St. John's University in 1984. Since his admission to the Bar in 1984, Mr. O'Brien has been with the firm of MURPHY, BARTOL & O'BRIEN, LLP. He originally worked for the firm as a law clerk, became hired by the firm as an associate, and became a partner in 1992.

Mr. O'Brien has extensive experience in litigation, including commercial, environmental law, employment law litigation, as well as certain municipal and criminal litigation and administrative proceedings. Mr. O'Brien's focus is generally defending small or publicly-traded corporations against proceedings in private litigation or County, State and Federal proceedings through certain agencies including, but not limited to, County and State Human Rights' Commissions and Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions.

Mr. O'Brien's concentration is general practice with an emphasis on land use, environmental, condemnation, zoning, tax certiorari and real estate-related litigation. He appears regularly before various zoning and town boards throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties on zoning-related matters. He has also represented numerous clients in litigated land use, environmental and tax certiorari litigations in the New York State and Federal Courts. He also devotes a substantial amount of time to all phases of loan structuring and closure with many of the firm's corporate and real estate clients.

Mr. O'Brien has practiced extensively in adoption proceedings, representing adoptive parents in interstate and in-state adoptions, as well as representing independently birth parents in adoption proceedings before the Family and Surrogate's Courts.

Mr. O'Brien is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York, certain Federal Courts, and is a member of the Nassau County, New York State and American Bar Associations.


St. John's University