Trish Murphy

Trish K. Murphy

Trish Murphy, founder of Northwest Workplace Law, began her career in labor and employment law in 1996. She counsels public and private employers on a wide spectrum of workplace law matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour issues, reasonable accommodation, noncompetition and employment agreements, protected leave, discipline and discharge, employee handbooks, and personnel policies.

Trish provides strategic labor relations advice and representation in collective bargaining, arbitration, unfair labor practice disputes, union representation proceedings, and related matters. She has over a decade of experience serving as chief spokesperson in labor negotiations, including bargaining with units eligible for interest arbitration such as firefighters and police.

Trish has performed over 160 workplace investigations, many involving highly charged situations with complex facts and multiple allegations. She has conducted investigations with public and private sector entities, union and nonunion workforces, and a broad array of industries.

Professional Activities

Trish is Chair of the King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, was Chair of the 2013 Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference, and has served as Chair of the Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship Committee since 2010. She has been a Trustee of the KCBA Labor and Employment Law Section from 2008 to the present.


Trish graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1996. During law school, she was a member of the editorial board of the Washington Law Review and received the Mary Ellen Krug Award for excellence in labor and employment law. In 1993, Trish earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Admission to Practice

State of Washington
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
National Public Employer Labor Relations Association
Association of Workplace Investigators
Society for Human Resources Management