Groff Murphy

Land Use
Real Estate
Construction Law
Complex Commercial Litigation

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.,
magna cum laude

Georgetown University, B.S.,
magna cum laude

State and Federal Courts of Washington
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Of Counsel
206.628.9500 phone
206.628.9506 fax   Associations/Recognitions Representative Clients

Mr. Murphy provides comprehensive counsel to developers, builders and contractors on all aspects of development and construction, from entity formation, land acquisition, entitlements and permitting through contract negotiation and dispute resolution.

Mr. Murphy has handled complex litigation and trials in state and federal courts, as well as appeals to the Washington State Courts of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His practice includes all forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. He has extensive experience handling land use and other administrative hearings, including numerous Land Use Petition Act hearings and appeals, and Growth Management Act proceedings.

Some of the projects and disputes that he has been involved in include: permitting, approvals and dispute resolution for one of Washington State's largest master planned communities; entitlement hearings land use appeals for numerous large plats and planned unit developments in counties throughout Washington; entitlement hearings and land use appeals for large lot recreational land development in Kittitas County; contract negotiation, comprehensive plan amendments, rezones and appeals relating to gravel pit operations; Growth Management Act appeals; negotiation of development agreements for mixed use, commercial and residential projects; litigation of claims relating to major public utility projects; litigation of claims relating to hospital and school projects; litigation of claims against governmental entities for permit denials; prosecution of delay, impact and equipment damage claims relating to a bridge seismic retrofit project in California; litigation of contract disputes between owners and contractors relating to site improvements; litigation of construction defect claims; litigation of easement and boundary disputes; litigation of insurance coverage claims relating to pollution clean up; and litigation of condemnation claims for state, county and municipal projects.

Mr. Murphy's experience in real estate, land use and construction makes him uniquely suited to understand the full range of issues affecting development and construction projects and to assist his clients in achieving their business objectives.

Professional Associations/Recognition:

  • AGC of Washington
  • Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties
    • Lecturer on Insurance and Construction Issues
  • Utility Contractors Association of Washington
    • Board of Directors
    • Associate Member of the Year
  • Top Washington Attorney - Washington CEO Magazine)
  • “Super Lawyer” – Washington Law and Politics
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Section of Private Construction and Public Procurement
    • Section of Environmental and Land Use
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Forum Committee on Construction Industry
    • Public Contract Law Section

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Representative Clients:

  • American Motor Appliances, Inc.
  • Cascadia Partners, LLC
  • Center Development Group, LLC
  • Central Cascades Land Company, Inc.
  • Classic Concepts, LLC
  • Cle Elum's Sapphire Skies
  • Compass Construction
  • Cosco Fire Protection, Inc.
  • Ellensburg Cement Properties, Inc.
  • Harley Douglass, Inc.
  • Lakeridge Development, Inc.
  • Lanzce G. Douglass, Inc.
  • Marpac Construction, LLC
  • Northwest Cascade, Inc.
  • Redimensions Company, LLC
  • Rolluda Architects
  • The Herbrand Company
  • The Undi Family Properties
  • Veterans NW Construction, LLC
  • Westwater Construction, LLC
  • Williams Scotsman, Inc.
  • 500 Mercer Partners, LLC

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