Joel F. Murray

­Attorney Joel Murray represents clients in matters involving regulatory and administrative law and rulemaking, campaign finance and election law, general business law, government affairs, litigation, public policy, cannabis and liquor law, municipal law, trademark law, and demurrage law. Joel advises businesses on their government affairs, legislative affairs and lobbying, public policy, and regulatory needs.

Previously, Joel served as a legal extern on the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (“HELP”) Oversight Committee’s investigation into for-profit colleges; he subsequently completed a fellowship on HELP’s Subcommittee on Workforce Education, where he focused on drafting provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was subsequently enacted in 2014.

Joel is a graduate of the University of Washington (“UW”), where he majored in Economics, and Political Science. While at the UW, Joel was active in student government, lobbied on behalf of increased funding for higher education, and held multiple positions on statewide political campaigns. Joel attended the London School of Economics and Political Science, and completed his Masters of Science Degree (MSc) in Philosophy and Public Policy. There his studies focused on government intervention in and regulation of business and free enterprise.

Joel then attended the University of California at Davis, School of Law where he was a member of the UC Davis Law Review. Prior to entering private practice, Joel presented at a national continuing legal education seminar (“CLE”) on law schools’ employment statistics reporting practices, which was based upon a journal article that he published. Since then, that article has been cited in more than 12 law journal articles as well as a United States Federal District Court opinion.

In his spare time, Joel enjoys Husky Football, current and foreign affairs, high density urban design and planning, and 1960s/1970s popular culture.

Practice Areas


  • J.D. – University of California Davis, School of Law (2011)
    • Member of Law Review
  • Visiting Student – Georgetown University Law Center (2011)
  • MSc – London School of Economics and Political Science, Philosophy and Public Policy (2008)
  • B.A. – University of Washington, Economics; Political Science with Distinction  (2007)


  • Washington (All State Courts)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Tulalip Tribal Bar

Associations & Memberships

  • Member, Midwest Political Science Association 2012-2013
  • Candidate Evaluation Committee, Municipal League of King County 2012
  • Legal Advisor, Alpha Pi of Phi Kappa Tau Housing Corporation Board of Directors 2012

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Honors & Awards

Representative Matters

  • Successfully appealed an assessment of unemployment charges to a client/employer by the Washington Employment Security Department and also settled a claim of failure to garnish wages for child support made by the Washington Department of Social & Health Services for less than 33% of the original claim
  • Successfully settled an approximately $240,000.00 lawsuit for demurrage fees against a national rail carrier for less than 15% of the amount claimed to be due by the railroad
  • Successfully settled an employment and shareholder dispute over issues involving corporate control and shareholder fraud while employed by the corporation in which he was a shareholder
  • Successfully appealed an Employment Security Department assessment of unemployment benefits for employee terminated for misconduct
  • Performed legislative history and public policy research that led to the settlement of a $250,000 back sales and use tax assessment from the Department of Revenue against a prominent nightclub for approximately 10% of the original claimed taxes