Russell Murphy is a partner in the firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice based in Silicon Valley. Russell brings over thirty years’ experience working in private practice and as outside general counsel, advising innovative companies in the software and hardware, wireless/ IoT, and ecommerce spaces through their lifecycle—from formation and launch, through key milestones to exit. Russell supports clients across a broad range of transactions, and he has a focus on the intersection of law, business technology and data, providing product counseling and strategic advice to multidisciplinary founder teams.

Russell previously served as the managing member of Murcada Ventures, a seed stage venture investment and strategic advisory business, and at times held interim executive operational positions and served as general counsel for Murcada portfolio companies. Russell is intimately familiar with the daily challenges entrepreneurs face in building businesses at the leading edge of innovation.

Russell has spent many years living in Asia and working closely with international clients, lawyers in global law firms and foreign regulatory authorities. He is a frequent speaker, and has taught MBA level courses on international law, strategy, and early-stage business financings.

J.D., University of Washington

MBA University of Washington

BA (Economics) University of Washington

Publications and Presentations
“Angel Stage Investment and Business Incubation “University of Washington CASRIP (Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy) seminar program, Summer 2016

“International Legal Opinion Practice”

“Comparison of Contract Damages Provisions in Common Law, Civil Law, and Socialist Legal Systems“

“Law Practice Ownership Structures” – Guest Speaker Program, The National Legal Institute of Mongolia, 2012

“Using Corporate Venture Capital for Early-Stage Companies”, Puget Sound Business Journal, 1997