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                         JOEL F. MURRAY



Attorney Joel Francis Murray is the founder of JFM Law. He is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest and advocate for the continued economic growth of Washington State and the region.

Thanks to a diverse academic, legal and professional background, Joel offers legal counsel and services on matters involving administrative law and appeals of rulings from state and federal agencies, business law, civil and commercial litigation, campaign finance and political law, employment law, local government and land use law, liquor and cannabis law, trademark law, transportation law, tax law and related practice areas to meet the needs of businesses of varying sizes and industries.

Following graduation from law school, Joel joined a business law firm in downtown Bellevue, Washington. There, he was exposed to a wide variety of practice areas, but primarily focused on legal issues affecting small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as investors in and owners of closely held businesses including corporations, LLCs, partnerships and similar business entities.

Joel is a graduate of the University of Washington, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of California, Davis, School of Law. During law school, Joel was a member of the UC Davis Law Review, and completed his final year of law school in Washington, DC while chairing a national political organization, completing an externship and fellowship in the United States Senate, and finishing law school at the Georgetown University Law Center. Joel has published two law journal articles, and taught multiple continuing legal education (CLE) seminars.


Over the years, Joel has served in a variety of community and leadership-oriented positions. He served as student body president of his high school. As an undergraduate at the University of Washington, he chaired a 30,000 member plus student organization that focused on increased federal and state funding for higher education, was active in student government, helped re-found and served as vice-president of his social fraternity, and worked on multiple statewide ballot measure campaigns in support of public education.

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Throughout his life, Joel has been interested in local, state and national politics. Having run a national political organization during law school, Joel continues to be active in state as well as federal politics, and maintains relationships with local, state and federal current and former elected officials, pundits, and other politically engaged individuals.

Joel's interests include University of Washington Athletics, golf, current and foreign affairs, aerospace and defense policy, technology, politics and political satire, economic and political philosophy new urbanism/mixed use and transit oriented development, travel, New Orleans, the Salish Sea, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, The Economist and The New Yorker.