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Laura Murphy began her career as a prosecutor in Pierce County and quickly transferred to the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in her home town, Olympia.  Here, she has practiced criminal and family law both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. This unique perspective provides Laura the ability to view all sides of an argument. She has found Family Law especially challenging because it requires a blend of sharp litigation skills and strong client advocacy. It became clear early on that her passion is well suited to this area of law.


Clients who are facing a criminal matter experience a similar set of emotions.  They often do not know the consequences of a criminal conviction and need an advocate to guide them through the process.  

In the courtroom, Laura is serious about winning.  From case preparation, pretrial conferences, all the way to the actual trial, each matter is handled with professionalism.  “Every case is unique and important.  Litigation allows me the opportunity to be creative and think strategically.” 


At the first consultation, Laura will begin to assess a case strategy to meet her client’s expectations.  However, her ultimate goal is that the next step forward will not only be the best for the client, but the best for their families too.  “The goal of my office and staff is that every client walks out feeling as though a weight has been lifted from their shoulders.  Isn’t that what advocacy is all about?” 


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    5 years
  2. Family: 50%
    5 years



Hourly ($200/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Cristine Beckwith

    I endorse this lawyer. Laura is a well respected attorney in the Olympia area. She is an advocate for her clients and is very knowledgeable about the law.


    Cristine Beckwith Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Yasmeen Mufeed Abdullah

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Murphy is a knowledgable lawyer with integrity.


    Yasmeen Abdullah Domestic violence Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

1226 State Avenue NE.
Olympia, WA, 98506


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Human Rights AwardThurston Council on Cultural Diversity and Human Rights2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney / OwnerLaw Office of Laura M. Murphy, PLLC2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyFoster Foster & Schaller LLC2006 - 2009
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyThurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office2002 - 2006
Extra Hire Attorney / Rule 9 InternPierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Thurston County Volunteer Legal ServicesVolunteer2007 - Present
South Puget Sound Community College FoundationBoard Member2006 - Present
Saint Martin's College Alumni AssociationVolunteer1996 - 2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
St Martin's CollegeEnglishOther - Bachelors1998