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Pursuing Washington Joel F. Murray
Joel F. Murray

Joel F. Murray

Legal Counsel for Business

10 years of experience

Business Law, Employment Law, Municipal Law, Trademarks, Gov & Administrative Law, Tax Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Maritime Law



Seek to provide cost-effective and value-adding legal, government relations, and legislative advocacy services to businesses of/from all sizes and industries. Diverse and extensive areas of experience and interest that include administrative law and appeals, business law, consumer protection, higher and K-12 education policy, election law, employment law, legislation and public policy, litigation, local government and municipal law, real property law, tax law, trademark law, tribal law, and shipping and transportation law. Experience with state and local government entities includes various cities and counties as well as the Washington State Department(s) of Ecology, Employment Security (“ESD”), Financial Institutions, Human Rights Commission (“HRC”), Labor and Industries, Washington State) Legislature, Liquor and Cannabis (Board), Revenue (“DoR”), Social and Health Services (“DSHS”), and Utilities and Transportation (Commission). Experience with federal government entities includes the United States (“U.S.”) Department of Agriculture, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), Federal Maritime Commissions, U.S. Congress, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and U.S. Department of Transportation. Maintain relationships with current and former (Washington State) local, state and federal elected officials of all political affiliations. Previously worked on multiple Washington State pro-education ballot measure campaigns, advocated for increased funding for public higher education, completed a legal externship and fellowship in the U.S. Senate, and chaired a national political organization. Published journal author on legal issues involving ballot initiatives and elections, consumer protection, and higher education. Named Rising State by Super Lawyers. Rated Superb (9/10) by Avvo. Licensed to practice law in Washington State as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit View More ›


Credit Cards Accepted

Practice Area

Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes,
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination,
Municipal Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination,
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration,
Gov & Administrative Law
Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs,
Tax Law
Business Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits,
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana,
Maritime Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana,


English: Spoken, Written

Professional Experience

McKean Smith
2022 - Current


Georgetown University Law Center

Visiting Student (2011) | Law

Georgetown University Law Center
University of California - Davis

J.D. (2008) | Law

University of California - Davis
London School of Economics and Political Science

M.S. (2008) | Philosophy and Public Policy

London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Washington

B.A. (2007) | Political Science (with Distinction); Economics

University of Washington


Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
Superb Rating (9/10)

Professional Associations

Washington State Bar Association



Washington State Bar Association

Social Media


McKean Smith
Vancouver Washington 655 W Columbia Way Ste. 504 Vancouver, WA 98660
Telephone: (360) 502-7022
Cell: (425) 429-4802
Fax: (360) 558-7973

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