Trish K. Murphy

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Seattle, Washington

Northwest Workplace Law PLLC
Trish K. Murphy
Northwest Workplace Law PLLC

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Schools & Education; view more

Licensed in Washington since: 1996

Education: University of Washington School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024
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Northwest Workplace Law PLLC

1215 4th Ave
Suite 1350
Seattle, WA 98161 Visit website


Attorney Trish K. Murphy is the founder and principal of Northwest Workplace Law PLLC in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Murphy has more than 27 years of experience in labor and employment law and currently devotes the majority of her practice to independent workplace and Title IX/campus investigations.

Ms. Murphy has conducted over 250 investigations, spanning a broad range of claims, parties, and industries. She is an Association of Workplace Investigators certificate holder (AWI-CH), a certified Title IX/civil rights investigator, and a licensed private investigator in Washington and Oregon.

Ms. Murphy's background includes representing employers, employees, and unions and serving as a neutral for a civil rights enforcement agency. Her experience includes a wide spectrum of employment law issues, labor arbitration and unfair labor practice cases, and over a decade serving as chief spokesperson in labor negotiations. She also has served as a Contributing Editor for the American Bar Association’s Bloomberg BNA labor law treatise, The Developing Labor Law, since 2015.

Ms. Murphy is an active member of the King County Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section (Chair, 2013-14; Trustee, 2008-17; Member 2001-present), the Planning Committee of the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference (Chair, 2013; Subcommittee Chair, 2007-18, 2019-21, 2022-23; Member, 2002-present), and the Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship Committee (Chair, 2009-17; Member, 2003-present). 

A 1993 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Washington, Ms. Murphy returned to her alma mater and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law in 1996. While in law school, she served as an editor for the school's law review, and she received the Mary Ellen Krug Award for excellence in labor and employment law.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employer, Employment & Labor: Employee, Schools & Education

Focus areas

Education, Labor Law, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower

First Admitted: 1996, Washington

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • AWI-CH - Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder
  • Licensed Private Investigator - Oregon
  • Licensed Private Investigator and Private Investigator Agency Principal - Washington State
  • Civil Rights/Title IX Investigator Certification (through Level 4) (ATIXA)
  • Gender Equity Foundations for Higher Education Certification (ATIXA)
  • Investigation Report Writing Certification (ATIXA)
  • Title IX Regulations Implementation Certification (ATIXA)
  • Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker Certification (ATIXA)
  • Title IX Hearing Chair Certification (ATIXA)
  • Title IX Athletics Certification (ATIXA)
  • K-12 Civil Rights Investigator Certification (ATIXA)
  • 504/ADA Coordinator Certification (ATIXA)
  • SPHR
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, 2013-14
  • President, Northwest Association of Title IX Administrators, 2021-22
  • Chair, Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference Planning Committee 2012-13
  • Chair, Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship Committee 2009-17
  • Trustee, King County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section 2008-17
  • Subcommittee Chair, Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference 2008-18, 2019-21, and 2022-23 (including Labor, EEO, Marketing, Arrangements, and Scholarship Subcommittees)
  • Member, Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship Committee 2003-present
  • Member, Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference Planning Committee 2002-present
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • Juris Doctor, University of Washington School of Law, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, 1993
  • University of Washington law student scholarship award for excellence in labor and employment law, Mary Ellen Krug Award, KCBA Labor and Employment Section, 1996
  • Awarded for project developing internal investigation training, Excellence in Collaboration, Microsoft, 2009
Industry Groups:
  • Higher Ed
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public And Private Sector Employers
  • Unionized Workforces

Office location for Trish K. Murphy

1215 4th Ave
Suite 1350
Seattle, WA 98161

Phone: 206-812-4840


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