Trish K. Murphy

Trish K. Murphy: Attorney with Northwest Workplace Law PLLC
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Attorney Trish Murphy, AWI-CH, is the founder of Northwest Workplace Law PLLC, a Seattle-based law firm offering independent investigations and management-side labor and employment law services. Ms. Murphy focuses her practice primarily on investigating allegations of misconduct, often involving multiple claims, complicated facts, and highly charged issues.

As an investigator, Ms. Murphy is skilled at navigating sensitive, complex situations and brings the experience necessary to identify and address subtle, nuanced issues. Her thorough investigations and carefully reasoned findings enable organizations to make well-informed decisions. Over more than 200 cases, Ms. Murphy’s experience has included investigating claims of serious misconduct, hostile work environment, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, ethics violations, and bullying.

She has a background in representing employers in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice hearings, including matters involving police and fire personnel. She also advises employers on all aspects of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on proactive measures.

Ms. Murphy is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of Washington. She received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was an Editor of the Washington Law Review and the recipient of the Mary Ellen Krug Award.

Ms. Murphy is a long-time member of the King County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, holding the role of Section Chair in 2013-14 and serving as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2008-2017. She also has been an active member of the Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference Planning Committee since 2002. She chaired the Conference in 2013 and served as a Subcommittee Chair from 2007-2018. Additionally, Ms. Murphy is a Sustaining Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Workplace Investigations
  • Title IX Investigations
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Relations

Education & Credentials

University Attended:
University of Washington, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993
Law School Attended:
University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1996
Year of First Admission:
1996, Washington; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

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Seattle, Washington

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