Practice Focus

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Medicaid Coverage
  • Business and Mass Torts
  • Products and Personal Liability
  • Appellate


University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude; 1984

University of Mississippi, Bachelor of Public Administration; Magna Cum Laude; 1981

Bar Admissions

Mississippi, 1984

U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court


  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Civil Procedure, Admiralty, Evidence, Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Insurance Law
  • Atlantic Richfied Award
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award, two years
  • Heidelberg, Woodliff, and Franks Award for Civil Procedure
  • Mississippi Law Journal Award for Outstanding Comment
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Lambda Sigma, Phi Delta Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta

Legal Experience

In her capacity as counsel for Purdie and Metz, Janet McMurtray represents the Mississippi Division of Medicaid in disputes with medical providers over reimbursement for care in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Janet began her legal career in 1984 with a focus on personal injury and products liability cases. She has extensive experience handling business and mass tort claims, along with years of working in commercial litigation and appellate work. Janet has represented numerous companies in national asbestos and hearing loss cases, as well as multiple insurance agencies in Katrina-related environmental coverage disputes. She has represented Bank of Forrest, First Security Bank, First State Bank, and Holmes County Bank in claims against Mississippi Valley Title arising from fraudulent title work. Research Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal (1983-‘84) and ranked 2nd in her law school class, Janet has represented the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson in cases concerning child molestation. She frequently writes appellate briefs for the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.