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2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7426

Andy Murphy

Associate

Andy Murphy is a versatile litigator whose practice focuses on disputes involving the cannabis industry and other highly regulated industries. Andy is experienced in navigating procedurally complex litigation, as his cases often involve multiple related actions pending in different courts. He has successfully represented businesses and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts, contested administrative hearings, arbitration forums, and mediations.

Andy has a depth of experience in administrative litigation, particularly land use appeals. He also has experience with disputes involving employment law, municipal law, company dissolution, contract interpretation, construction, product liability, intellectual property, class actions, and state and federal constitutional law.

Before becoming a lawyer, Andy ran a nonprofit organization dedicated to chronic pain patient advocacy and eliminating prescription drug-related unintentional overdose deaths.

Representative Experience

  • Represented cannabis producer-processor in multiple related appeals of actions where the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board sought license cancellation for traceability violations.
  • Represented partners in retail cannabis stores in disputes alleging breaches of fiduciary duties and seeking dissolution of the partnerships.
  • Represented cannabis producer-processor in defense of administrative notices of violation relating to traceability and advertising violations.
  • Obtained dismissals of three land use appeals involving development of an affordable housing community. 
  • In connection with multidistrict class action litigation, represented business in seeking tax refunds from over 150 municipalities across the State of Washington.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims in a land use appeal regarding alleged noncompliance with Washington State Environmental Policy and Growth Management Acts.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a land use appeal before the Shorelines Hearings Board alleging dozens of violations of the Shoreline Management Act.
  • Prevailed at trial in defending a manufacturing company against allegations of retaliation against former employee. Perez v. Pac. Ship Repair & Fabrication, Inc., No. C14-1773-JCC, 2015 WL 7292594 (W.D. Wash. Nov. 16, 2015).
  • Obtained dismissal of wage theft and breach of contract claims brought by former employee, and dismissal was upheld on appeal.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims of race, age, gender, and national origin discrimination against employer.
  • Represented plaintiffs in class action against the United States regarding taking of real property.
  • Represented business and primary shareholder in recovering high-value real property collateral following rescission of underlying loan.
  • Defended a Fortune 500 Company in private arbitration against former subsidiary involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and indemnification claims. Settled multi-million dollar dispute for less than half of one percent of the damages alleged by claimants.