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.