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Trish K. Murphy | Principal


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Attorney Trish Murphy has more than 26 years of experience in workplace investigations, employment law, and labor relations. Since she began her career in labor and employment law in 1996, she has developed a pragmatic, results-driven approach to her practice, which is focused on independent investigations and labor and employment law services in Seattle and across Washington State.

A seasoned workplace investigator, Trish devotes the majority of her practice to conducting independent investigations of a diverse range of claims including discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, serious misconduct, ethics violations, improper governmental action, bullying, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. She has performed more than 250 workplace investigations and campus/Title IX investigations, many involving highly charged situations with complex facts and sensitive allegations. Trish’s investigative experience has spanned a varied array of parties and witnesses, such as executive leadership, public officials, tenured faculty, unionized employees, students, attorneys, and law enforcement personnel.

She is an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH), a certified civil rights/Title IX investigator, and an approved sexual misconduct investigator for United Educators.

Trish’s background includes representing employers, employees, and unions and serving as a neutral for a civil rights enforcement agency. Her expertise includes a wide spectrum of employment law issues, labor arbitration and unfair labor practice cases, and over a decade of experience 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.

Professional Leadership

Trish is active in the professional legal community and has held a number of leadership positions, including Chair of the King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section and Chair of the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference. She was a Trustee of the KCBA Labor and Employment Law Section for nine years and chaired the Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship Committee for eight years. Trish has been an active member of the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference Planning Committee for two decades. She recently served as President of the Northwest Association of Title IX Administrators from 2021-22.


Trish holds a juris doctor from the University of Washington School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Washington Law Review and received the Mary Ellen Krug Award for excellence in labor and employment law. She earned her undergraduate degree at 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
Association of Workplace Investigators
Northwest Association of Title IX Administrators
Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)