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Joel F. Murray

Joel F. Murray

Legal Counsel for Business
  • Business Law, Employment Law, Municipal Law ...
  • Washington, Western District of Washington
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Biography

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

Practice Areas
    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
    Trademarks
    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
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
Washington State Bar Association
ID Number: 44786
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Western District of Washington
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9th Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Larson Berg & Perkins PLLC
- Current
- Administrative Law and Appeals - Business Law - Employment Law - Government Affairs and Legislation - Litigation - Local Government Law
Attorney
JFM Law
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• Administrative Law and Appeals • Business Law and Commercial Litigation • Government Affairs and Legislation • Hospitality, Liquor and Cannabis • Local Government and Land Use • Political and Public Policy Law and Consulting • Tax • Transportation and Logistics
Attorney
MDK Law
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• Multi-practice law firm that provides legal services to small, medium and large businesses • Practice areas included administrative appeals and rulemaking, employment, general business, government relations, legislative history, land use, liquor and cannabis, municipal, public policy, real property, tax, trademarks, and transportation • Provided digital legal research via LexisNexis as well as print legal research • Drafted demand letters and briefs as required, depending on the client's circumstances • Generally had three to six cases in active litigation in superior court • Depositions, discovery, motions to compel discovery, declarations, motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss 12(b)(6), responses, replies, summons and complaints, discovery requests, and related documents
Legal Fellow
United States Senate
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• Health Education Labor Pensions Committee, Subcommittee on Workforce Education chaired by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) • Analyzed and researched potential legislation involving tax code and 1998 Workforce Investment Act • Coordinated with business, government, legislative, and non-profit stakeholders to plan legislation to improve funding for education programs for lower-skilled workers, reauthorized Workforce Investment Act
Legal Extern
United States Senate
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• US Senate Health Education Labor Pensions Committee Oversight Office. Committee was chaired by now retired Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) at the time • US Senate investigation into for-profit colleges and universities • Compiled and analyzed enrollment and financial statistics using Microsoft Excel and SPSS • Analyzed military and veteran’s educational benefit programs, and contributed to first draft of the Committee report on for-profit colleges’ abuse of military and veteran education benefits
Legal Counsel Intern
Sound Transit
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• Tri-county transit benefit district for the Central Puget Sound region of WA • Projects dealt with issues involving land use, federal and state regulations, transportation law, and mass transit development • Helped develop initial land use plans to allow for the construction of light rail from Seattle, WA to Bellevue, WA • Drafted an agency board of director’s motion and staff report authorizing sale of a bankruptcy claim against Lehman Brothers, legislative session summary, and multiple memorandums on land use and public law
Law Clerk
Tulalip Tribes
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• Drafted memorandums on federal legislation that resulted in Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 • Conducted legal research and drafted memorandums on civil and criminal jurisdictional issues involving Public Law 280 • Drafted a variety of pleadings for prosecutorial matters
Communications Director
YES on EHJR 4204
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• Successful statewide referendum campaign to allow public school levies to pass with a 50% majority in WA • Responsibilities included advance and organizing media events, coalition building, drafting press releases, elected official outreach, and representing campaign at events throughout WA
Young Voters Outreach Coordinator
NO on I-920
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• Successful statewide anti-ballot initiative campaign to prevent repeal of the estate tax in WA and maintain funding for public education • Organized students and young voters against anti-higher education ballot initiative • Represented campaign at events throughout WA
Education
Georgetown University Law Center
Visiting Student (2011) | Law
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• Completed final semester of law school at the Georgetown University Law Center
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University of California - Davis
J.D. (2008) | Law
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Honors: • Member, UC Davis Law Review
Activities: • UC Davis Business Law Journal • UCDC Law Program • National President, Law School Democrats of America
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London School of Economics and Political Science
M.S. (2008) | Philosophy and Public Policy
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• Philosophy and Public Policy (Philosophy Department) • Studies focused on economic theory, and government regulation of the market • Dissertation critiqued socialist economic theory
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University of Washington
B.A. (2007) | Political Science (with Distinction); Economics
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• Honors thesis analyzed effort to repeal US estate tax • Active in student government and lobbied for increased federal and state funding for public higher education
Honors: Honors Political Science
Activities: • ASUW • Chair, Affordable Tuition Now • Vice-President/Founding Member, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
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Awards
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers
Joel Murray was selected to Rising Stars for 2022. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors.
Superb Rating (9/10)
Avvo
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals.
Professional Associations
Washington State Bar Association
Member
Current
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Speaking Engagements
Applying Consumer Protection Laws to Law School Advertising, Thomson Reuters (West) Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Online
Thomson Reuters (West)
https://westlegaledcenter.com/program_guide/course_detail.jsf?courseId=40653108
Drafting Commercial Goods Warehousing Agreements on Behalf of Warehousers or Customers, Online, Online
Strafford Publications, Inc.
https://www.straffordpub.com/products/tlcgkbhdna?utm_campaign=tlcgkbhdna&utm_medium=email&utm_conten%20t=&utm_source=faculty&pid=&trk=ZDFCT&mid=#webinar-info
Certifications
License to Practice Law
Washington State Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
Larson Berg & Perkins PLLC
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. I do consulting & engineering as a contractor. Can I open an S-corp. in a different state than the one I operate it?
A: Generally, if a foreign corporation (e.g. a different state) is operating/doing business in a different state than the state in which they are incorporated, they register with the state agency that regulates corporations (in California, the Secretary of State) as a foreign business entity (e.g. a corporation).
Q. Can you appeal a civil judgement passed by administrative judge, Can an administrative judge issue a contempt of court?
A: Generally, there is a process where you can appeal a final administrative decision to court. The process for doing so varies by jurisdiction.
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Contact & Map
Larson Berg & Perkins PLLC
Yakima
Washington
105 N 3rd St
Yakima, WA 98901
Telephone: (509) 457-1515
Fax: (509) 457-1027
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)