Background & Experience
E. Murphy Fries is a Partner with Koskie Glavin Gordon, where she primarily represents trade unions and their members in a wide range of workplace issues, including collective agreement disputes, labour relations, human rights, privacy rights, pensions, workers’ compensation and other disability benefits. She frequently advocates for unions before labour arbitrators and the B.C. Labour Relations Board, and has appeared before the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court. She works to secure positive outcomes for unions whether through written and oral advocacy, or negotiating settlements to workplace disputes. Murphy has particular expertise in the areas of disability and health benefits, employee privacy, and discrimination and the duty to accommodate.
Murphy was called to the bars of Ontario and British Columbia in 2007 and joined the predecessor firm that year after completing a joint articling program with a national trade union and a union-side law firm in Toronto. She holds a B.A. from Ryerson University, an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law and International Labour Rights from Lund University (Sweden).
Murphy regularly volunteers with Access Pro Bono providing summary advice services. She has served on the CBABC’s Access to Justice Committee, and as a mentor with UBC's Centre for Feminist Legal Studies Mentorship Program. Murphy also enjoys providing legal education to our clients and the broader labour community, and has presented at conferences and workshops held by the Canadian Labour Congress, Lancaster House, and the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.