|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2011|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2011|
|Attorney||Brett Murphy - Washington's Injury Lawyers||2011 - 2015|
|Faculty Member||Justice Advocacy Africa||2011 - 2011|
|Special Counsel||Commonwealth of Virginia||1998 - 1998|
|Committee Member||Washington State Committee of Jury Instructions||1998 - 2002|
|Chairman, Disciplinary Review Committee||Washington State Bar Association||1997 - 1998|
|Special Counsel||United States Bankruptcy Court||1995 - 1995|
|Board Member||Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board||1995 - 1998|
|Committee of Law Examiners||Washington State Bar Association||1990 - 1995|
|Judge Pro Tem||Skagit County District Court||1990 - 1990|
|Adjunct Professor||Skagit Valley College||1988 - 1988|
|Owner||John W. Murphy Law Office||1985 - 2011|
|Special Deputy Prosecutor||Skagit County Prosecutor's Office||1985 - 1985|
|Chief Criminal Deputy||Skagit County Prosecutor's Office||1982 - 1984|
|Litigation Conduct Professor||Gonzaga Law School||1978 - 1978|
|Adjunct Professor||Fort Wright College||1977 - 1977|
|Special Public Defender||Spokane County Public Defender's Office||1977 - 1977|
|Judge Pro Tempore||Spokane County District Court||1976 - 1979|
|Adjunct Professor||Columbia College||1976 - 1976|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association Admission to Practice Rule 6 Clerk's Program||Tutor||2008 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court||Admitted||1989 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Washington||Admitted to Practice||1978 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington||Admitted to Practice||1976 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1975 - Present|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Admitted||2002 - 2002|
|Washington Supreme Court Committee of Jury Instructions||Member||1998 - 2002|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member, Board of Bar Examiners||1990 - 1996|
|United States Tax Court||Admitted||1978 - 1978|
|Multi-million dollar settlement for collision||$4.2 million for plaintiff|
|Settlement for on-duty injury||$1,165,641 to $1,181,866 range|
|Settlement and future benefits for neck injury||$800,000|
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|JD Supra Legal News||Want Lower Insurance Premiums? Demand Insurance Reform!||2013|
|Bellingham Herald||Jury Divides Blame in Teen Death||2009|
|Skagit Valley Herald||Woman free after judge blocks prosecutors from filing charges||2003|
|Skagit Valley Herald||Woman acquitted of most serious charges in slaying of her husband||2003|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Washington State University||N/A||Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Whatcom County Bar Association event||Jury Selection Techniques||2012|
|Skills Training Course||Law Office Management||1999|
Posted by Thom LaChine
Brevity is something you find out early with John goes a long way, however maybe he will not mind if I expand some here.
Having him take my case changed my life.
John took my case in February 2010. We did not know it at the time our journey to prevail in my case would take almost 5 years.
John is a " Man of His Word".
The thousand of hours of labor from his entire staff, attorneys and expert professionals who made my FREEDOM possible is beyond comprehension.
To try to pay for that type of devotions is beyond possibility and scope of what drives John to be the Best of what he does.
He held my life in his hands for almost 5 years and kept me safe. What more can I offer as a testimony of John's abilities.
If you get the opportunity and privilege to have John Murphy represent you and your case, there is not a better choice you could of made.
John is someone who you will remember your entire lifetime. His impact on your life is equal as well. He does not allow himself to get close to his clients however his compassion and empathy is none less apparent. His office staff buffers that so nicely and as in all offices runs the operations from the ground up. The interns that studied and supported John on my case is also so commendable.
John Murphy is truly 1 of a Kind.
Posted by Miriam
John Murphy was retained by my husband, now deceased, to represent him in a malpractice suit about five years ago. He and John Murphy had both practiced law in Skagit County for many years. During that time my husband always spoke of John with the highest respect, and often said to me that John was the best attorney in Skagit County. Thus when my husband was sued for malpractice, he stated that since he wanted to retain the best possible legal representation , he would hire John Murphy. Throughout this extremely convoluted, sensitive, and difficult lawsuit, John always acted with high intelligence, ingenuity, knowledge of the law, and thorough attention to detail. The suit was dismissed in April, 2014, We felt we had received excellent service from John Murphy, and I would highly recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by anonymous
I am a PhD level counselor who worked with violent offenders and those with chemical dependency issues. I have worked in this field 22 years in Skagit County. During my 5th year I met John Murphy after he had written a start up grant for Skagit County Drug Court in 1996. He was always pleasant, professional and serious about the legal issues surrounding drug and alcohol offenders facing felony charges and/or prison.
I interfaced with John during the 6 years while I served in drug court. John has maintained interest in people in which he witnessed a positive potential that many would overlook due their history of chemical dependency or of violence. John has always been consistent in creating a positive narrative to help a person see their potential. This so they can succeed in recovery and develop a drug free lifestyle and get out of the legal system and experience freedom.
I personally experienced John's compassion and professionalism when I lost employment and again had to deal with PTSD which resulted from 2 tours in Viet Nam in the 1960's. He stated clearly to me no less than 4 times: "You stay home and forget about this issue. I'll take care of it." His primary concern was for me, which was of great comfort at that time due my tendency to spiral downward and return to the war. He kept up with me, was responsive when I called him or had questions regarding my legal situation.
John Murphy was my go to person when I had legal issues which I felt unfair, and the corresponding guilt, shame and questions regarding my future employment. I can wholeheartedly state, John Murphy can be trusted no matter what the legal issue. He will follow through and his legal outcomes regarding the people he represents are testimony to the man for whom I am writing this personal testimony and recommendation. His compassion for people and those he feels have been treated unfairly is vast. But even if someone is guilty, John will make sure the person gets the best representation possible as noted in his drug court participation and start up grant writing. I would recommend John to anyone who asks, no matter what the situation.
Michael Tasker, Insurance Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Seattle Mariners manager, Lloyd McLendon, made the following comment about Derek Jeter, who is retiring at the end of he season, on the occasion of the 06/10/14 New York Yankees visit to Safeco Field. "For me, for the last 20 years, Derek Jeter has been everything that is right about the game of baseball....I think he is a class act." This quote well describes John Murphy. John is everything that is right about the practice of law and he definitely is a class act! As a practicing attorney in Bellingham for the past 30 years, I have co-counseled with John and have had contentious cases against John. I have been impressed with his breadth of legal knowledge and have sought his counsel on numerous occasions. He is a tireless worker, tenacious, down to earth and is ethical to a fault. He is always totally prepared and has been highly successful in the courtroom as well as in negotiations outside the courtroom. To repeat, John Murphy is a class act and it is my pleasure to endorse him.
David Lowell, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I consider John Murphy, without a doubt, the top criminal defense attorney in our region (Snohomish County to Canada). John has tremendous energy, passion, experience and street smarts. John has handled some huge cases and deals with pressure very well. He is a street fighter but also a caring gentleman. For us younger (or semi-younger) members of the bar, John is a fine inspiration. In the past, John was always available to give me guidance on certain cases (and in some instances, was even willing to meet with them). I strongly endorse this lawyer.