Trish K. Murphy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Seattle, WA

Northwest Workplace Law PLLC
 | 1904 Third Avenue, Suite 1030
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-812-4840
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Trish K. Murphy is the founder and principal of Northwest Workplace Law PLLC in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Murphy has more than two decades 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 wide 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. 

    Ms. Murphy's background includes representing employers, employees, and unions and serving as a neutral for a civil rights enforcement agency. She is an active member of the King County Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section and the planning committee of the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference, which she chaired in 2013. She has served as a contributing editor for the Bloomberg/ABA labor law treatise, The Developing Labor Law, since 2015.

    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
    • 50%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 50%Employment & Labor: Employee
    Focus Areas

    Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

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    About Trish Murphy

    Admitted: 1996, Washington

    Professional Webpage:


    • University of Washington law student scholarship award for excellence in labor and employment law, Mary Ellen Krug Award, KCBA Labor and Employment Section, 1996

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • AWI-CH - Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder
    • 2020 Title IX Regulations Implementation Certification (ATIXA)
    • Civil Rights/Title IX Investigator Certification (through Level 4) (ATIXA)
    • Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker Certification (ATIXA)
    • K-12 Civil Rights Investigator Certification (ATIXA)
    • Private Investigator Agency Principal
    • SPHR
    • SHRM-SCP

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair, King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, 2013-14
    • 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 and 2019-21
    • 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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    Educational Background:

    • Juris Doctor, University of Washington School of Law, 1996
    • Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, 1993

    Industry Groups

    • Higher Ed
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    Office Location for Trish K. Murphy

    1904 Third Avenue
    Suite 1030
    Seattle, WA 98101

    Phone: 206-812-4840

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    Last Updated: 3/29/2021

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