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Legal Counsel and Government Affairs for Business

Joel Provides Creative, Dynamic, Efficient, and Knowledgeable Legal Counsel and Government Affairs Services to Businesses of All Industries and Sizes.

Joel Murray, has spent his career counseling businesses. He understands the unexpected challenges that can arise in operating business and the need for businesses and their owners to have quality legal representation to assist them with challenges and/or achieve their goals. Joel has extensive experience interacting with cities and counties, state and federal agencies, legislative bodies and elected officials.

If you or your business are in need of legal counsel or government relations services, contact Joel today.

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Joel Murray

In a 21st century economy, attorneys must evolve and streamline their offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of clients and industry. Joel provides cost-effective and results-oriented legal counsel and government relations services to businesses of all sizes and industries. A combination of creative, humble, innovative, knowledgeable, pragmatic, and transparent legal counsel is utilized to advance client goals, overcome challenges, and maximize return on investment.

Joel has a broad range of experience that includes administrative law, appeals and rulemaking, business and corporate law, consumer protection, government affairs, investigations and legislation, education, election law, employment law, litigation, local government and municipal law, real property law, tax law, trademark law, tribal law, and transportation and logistics law. Joel is detail oriented and interested in new and “emerging” industries and areas of law.

Local government experience includes cities and counties as well as Washington State ("WA") agencies on Ecology, Employment Security (“ESD”), Financial Institutions (“DFI”), Human Rights (“HRC”), Labor and Industries (“L&I”), Legislature, Liquor and Cannabis (“LCB”), Revenue (“DoR”), Social and Health Services (“DSHS”), and Utilities and Transportation (“UTC”).

Federal agency experience includes Agriculture, EEOC, Maritime Commission (“FMC”), Congress, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), Trademark(s) (“PTO”), and Transportation.

Joel maintains relationships with current and former local, state and federal elected officials of all political affiliations. He has contracted with multiple Washington State pro-education political campaigns, advocated for increased funding for higher education (chairing a 30,000 person plus member organization at the University of Washington, and lobbying both Congress as well as the WA Legislature in favor of public education), completed a legal externship and fellowship in the United States (“US”) Senate, and chaired a national legal and political organization.

In addition to his broad legal practice experience and political activities, Joel has published several academic articles in law journals and also taught several continuing legal education (“CLE”) seminars.

  • J.D.
    University of California, School of Law
  • Visiting Student
    Georgetown University Law Center
  • MSc
    London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA (with Distinction)
    University of Washington, Seattle
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Member,
    University of California, Davis, Law Review
    2009 - 2010
  • Published article
    University of Virginia School of Law, Journal of L
    2012 - 2012
  • Published article
    University of Houston Law Center, Journal of Consu
    2012 - 2012
  • Superb Rating (9/10), Avvo
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