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Contact Andy

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

Andy Murphy


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 forums. He has successfully represented businesses and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts, contested administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations.

Andy has a depth of experience in administrative litigation, particularly regulatory enforcement actions brought by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and land use appeals. Andy also represents businesses and individuals seeking relief from government entities, such as striking laws as unconstitutional and recovery of large damage awards.

Andy’s broad commercial litigation experience enables him to advise his clients on a wide range of issues. He is experienced in resolving matters involving partnership disputes, employment law, municipal law, company dissolution, contract interpretation, 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

  • Represent plaintiff seeking to strike the residency requirement for Washington's cannabis industry as unconstitutional.
  • Represent former cannabis retailer seeking damages from municipality for wrongful denial of a business license.
  • 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 cannabis producer-process in defense of administrative violation notice alleging violations of true parties of interest and prohibited practices.
  • Represented cannabis producer-processor in defense of administrative violation notices alleging violations of traceability and advertising rules.
  • Represented cannabis retailer and producer/processor in responding to audits conducted by Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
  • Represents cannabis retail stores in defense of class actions alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
  • Represented cannabis businesses in lawsuits arising out of mergers and acquisitions.
  • Represented partners in retail cannabis stores in disputes alleging breaches of fiduciary duties and seeking dissolution of the partnerships. 
  • Represented marijuana processor in dispute regarding ownership of industrial equipment. 
  • Represent cannabis retailer in a commercial landlord-tenant dispute.
  • In connection with multidistrict class action litigation, represented business in seeking tax refunds from over 150 municipalities across the State of Washington. 
  • Represented plaintiffs in class action against the United States regarding taking of real property. 
  • 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. 
  • Represented business and primary shareholder in recovering high-value real property collateral following rescission of underlying loan.
  • Prevailed at trial in defending a manufacturing company against allegations of retaliation against former employee. 
  • Following contested administrative hearing before Public Employment Relations Commission, prevailed on claims alleging discrimination and retaliation. 
  • 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.