Joel F. Murray

Attorney Joel Murray represents clients in matters including complex litigation, regulatory and administrative law and rulemaking, employment law, legislative history, public policy, liquor law, municipal law, tax law, and transportation law.  Joel works with clients from start-up to providing advice and representation for operational and litigation matters.  His industry experience includes transportation, K-12 and higher education, retail and hospitality, loan origination, real estate, practice before the Better Business Bureau, agriculture law, and oil and gas law.  Joel’s academic qualifications were so noteworthy that he was asked to speak at a nationally-organized CLE for attorneys before he was admitted to practice.

Joel is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where he was a member of Law Review, Joel also earned a Master of Science degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science in England. During his final year of law school, Joel attended the Georgetown University Law Center, and served as a Legal Fellow in the United States Senate on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


In his spare time, Joel enjoys current U.S. political and foreign affairs, economics, golf, politics and public policy, reading, and travel.

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