Adam P. Murray


Adam Murray counsels clients in the ports and maritime and real estate and construction industries through the many facets of dispute resolution and casualty response. He harnesses his unique understanding of the contexts in which legal issues arise and his strategies for resolving them to help clients navigate toward positive outcomes.

Adam assists clients in the maritime industry, particularly shipping companies, with addressing marine casualty issues such as securing discovery for use in overseas proceedings and litigating matters in maritime-related suits. He is also involved in resolving real estate and land use problems for both real estate and port clients.

Before joining Schwabe’s litigation team, Adam served as a judicial law clerk in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. He has worked on complex trials and appeals across a broad range of issues and has published legal analysis related to environmental regulation, international and domestic governance, maritime law, and climate change.



  • Obtained a favorable summary judgment ruling on a maritime negligence counterclaim.
  • Associate counsel in a federal bench trial involving cross-claims for breach of maritime contract.
  • Represents individuals and entities in state and federal proceedings.
  • Served as judicial clerk for federal district court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges in civil and criminal litigation.
  • Mediated a multi-party municipal boundary dispute involving complex annexation proposals.
  • Provided commercial real estate development advice to create an award-winning mixed-use retail, hotel, and residential project.

Memberships & Awards


  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member

Resources & Ideas

‎“Mission Impossible: A Guide to the New U.S. Icebreaker Discussion,” ‎Maritime Executive (2015)‎

‎“California Falls Into the Sea: Pacific Merchant Shipping Assoc. v. ‎Goldstene & State Authority to Regulate Beyond the Territorial Sea,” ‎‎27 U.S.F. Mar. L. J. 1 (2015)‎

Recent Developments in Arctic Law and Policy and Offshore Oil and ‎Gas Activity, University of Washington Alaska and Washington CLE, ‎‎(Anchorage, AK, 2015)‎

‎“Toward a Mandatory Polar Code by Tacit Means,” Law360 (2014)‎

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Maritime Commerce Club, Columbia River, Board of Directors (2021-present)
  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Government and Public Affairs Committee (2021-present)
  • Leadership Clark County, Class of 2019‎
  • Vancouver’s Downtown Association, Board of Directors and Executive ‎Committee (2017-present)‎




Washington State Courts

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Outside The Office