E. Murphy Fries


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 appears before labour arbitrators, the B.C. Labour Relations Board, and the B.C. Supreme Court, and works to secure positive outcomes for unions whether through written and oral advocacy, or negotiating settlements to workplace disputes.

Murphy was called to the bar of 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, and currently sits on the CBABC’s Access to Justice Committee.  She has served as a mentor with UBC's Centre for Feminist Legal Studies Mentorship Program.  Murphy has presented at numerous conferences and workshops held by the Canadian Labour Congress, Lancaster House, and the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, and regularly provides legal education to unions and their members.


Representative Matters

  • Labatt Breweries of Canada LP (Columbia Brewery) and Interior Brewery Workers' Union, Local 308 (Maintenance Medications Reimbursement Grievance)[2017] B.C.C.A.A.A. No. 30 (Saunders).  Successfully represented the Union at arbitration to have the Employer's policy, which required use of an online and telephone pharmacy in order to access negotiated drug benefits, struck down.
  • Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia and Compensation Employees' Union (Job Evaluation Media Producer) (2 Sept. 2015), unreported (Larson).  Successfully argued for a higher points rating for the Media Producer positions.
  • Dawson Creek Daily News -and- Unifor Local 2000 (Re: Monique Lofvendahl Vacation Grievance) (17 June 2014), unreported (Glass). Successfully represented Local 2000 in persuading the arbitrator that the number of paid vacation days should not be pro-rated for an employee who was on short-term disability leave for part of a calendar year. 
  • Bjordal v. Labour Relations Board of British Columbia et al, [2014] B.C.J. No. 1414. Worked with Anthony Glavin to successfully represent UFCW Local 247 in having a judicial review petition dismissed.
  • Kamloops News Inc. (c.o.b. Kamloops Daily News) and CEP Local 2000BCLRB No. B101/ 2012. Successfully represented Local 2000 in persuading the Board that a group of short-term employees did not have a sufficient, continuing interest in the bargaining unit and should be excluded.
  • Engen and U.S.W., Loc. No. 1-423BCLRB No. B67/2008. Successfully represented Local 1-423 in having a Section 12 complaint dismissed both on the merits and because the complaint was untimely.


  • Lund University, LL.M., International Human Rights Law and International Labour Rights (2012)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B. (2006)
  • Ryerson University, B.A. (2003)

Bar Locations

  • British Columbia


  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association, Labour Law Subsection, Human Rights Law Subsection
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, International Labour Rights Committee
  • West Coast LEAF Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund

Awards & Rankings

  • Law Foundation of B.C. Graduate Fellowship - (2010 - 2011)
  • Legal Aid Ontario prize for outstanding and continuous contribution to legal aid, clinical practice and public interest law - (2006)
  • McMillan Binch Award for academic excellence - (2004-2005)
  • Joel Organek Entrance Scholarship for academic excellence in an undergraduate program - (2003-2004)


  • "Limits on Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace: A Union Counsel's Perspective" -  The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia - (2013)
  •  “Seeking the Land of Milk and Honey: The International Labour and Human Rights of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada” - Master of Laws Thesis - Read full thesis
  •  Case Comment: Moore v. British Columbia (Ministry of Education) and School District No. 44, 2005 BCHRT 580” -  17  Educ. & L.J. 147-159 - (2007)

Speaking Engagements

  • "LTD Claims from Start to Finish" - Lancaster House Audio Conference (February 16, 2017)
  • "Putting the Stress on Dress: Trendsetting Cases on Dress and Appearance Policies" - Lancaster House Audio Conference (March 10, 2016)
  • "Investigating and Responding to Bullying and Harassment" - Lancaster House Workshop (June 2, 2015)
  • "Help Wanted: Ensuring legally compliant recruitment, hiring and promotion" - Lancaster House Audio Conference (December 5, 2013)
  • "Drug & Alcohol Testing" - The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia - Labour Relations 2013 Conference - (September 25, 2013)
  • Legal Research” - Canadian Labour Congress Winter School - (Jan. 28, 2013)
  • Migrant Workers, Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Programs, and Access to Justice” - 17th Annual UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Students’ Conference -  (May 11, 2012)
  • Disability Accommodation Update: Rights, Responsibilities and Requirements” - Insight Information 7th Annual Western Canada Labour Relations - (Jan. 25, 2012)