John William Murphy

John William Murphy

  • Personal Injury
  • Washington
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Growing up in Seattle's Rainier Valley in the 1950's, I learned as a child that people worked hard to make a living. My mother's favorite saying was by William Penn, "I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."My parents taught me and my siblings the meaning of the saying "An honest day's work for an honest day's pay," and they lived by those principles. So did I - I began working in the summers at the local steel mill at the age of 13.

Growing up, two of my heroes were Dr. William Hutchinson and coach Frank Ahern. Dr. Hutchinson, who later built the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in honor of his brother, performed surgery on me when I was 4 years old. The surgery took more than 5 hours and resulted in a bill of $50! Coach Frank Ahern spent hundreds of hours teaching me to believe in myself and my abilities. Both men, along with my parents, were instrumental in showing me the value of helping others, and leading me to a career in law.

I believe that each day I have the opportunity to do the best I can do. This is the reason I get out of bed in the morning. Every day, my life as a lawyer offers me the opportunity to make a contribution to some person or some ideal. Often, the person I am attempting to help is unable to help himself; the ideal is often one that would otherwise be disregarded.

Whether I am waiting for a jury to return with a positive verdict or negotiating a settlement that will allow an injured client to pay for medical bills, my work as an attorney is personally fulfilling. I am motivated by ensuring that justice is achieved for every person that I represent.

Practice Area
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Wrongful Death Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Managing Partner
John W. Murphy Law
- Current
Brett Murphy - Washington's Injury Lawyers
John W. Murphy Law Office
Committee Member
Washington State Committee on Jury Instructions
Board Member
Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board
Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Review Committee
Gonzaga University School of Law
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Washington State University - Tri-Cities campus
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Washington Super Lawyer
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Super Lawyer 2011
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Professional Associations
Washington State Bar  # 6079
- Current
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Contact & Map
1002 South 3rd Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Telephone: (360) 336-6647
705 S. 9th Street
Suite 303
Tacoma, WA 98405
Toll-Free: (800) 925-1875
Telephone: (253) 444-6455
Fax: (866) 437-0623
10740 Meridian Ave. North
Suite 209
Seattle, WA 98133
Telephone: (800) 925-1875
Telephone: (360) 714-0900
Fax: (866) 437-0623