Adam Murray


Great lawyers listen carefully and cultivate an open mind.‎

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I counsel clients in the ports and maritime and real estate and construction industries through the many facets of dispute resolution and casualty response. I harness my unique understanding of the contexts in which legal issues arise and find strategies for resolving them to help clients navigate toward positive outcomes.

I assist 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. I am also involved in resolving real estate and land use problems for both real estate and port clients.

Before joining Schwabe’s litigation team, I served as a judicial law clerk in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. I have worked on complex trials and appeals across a broad range of issues and have 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.


  • University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science (2011)‎
  • University of Washington, School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (2014)‎


  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts


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


  • Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, Commercial Litigation (2024)

Additional Publications

‎“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

  • 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)‎

Outside Interests

Whitewater kayaking and rafting, from the Kenai Peninsula to Patagonia.

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