Murphy S. Klasing
Shareholder
Murphy S. Klasing
CONTACT
mklasing@wkpz.com
T: (713) 961-9045
F: (713) 961-5341

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • West Virginia
  • District Courts for Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Court of Federal Claims

Community Involvement

  • Member-Alliance Defense Fund, on the Stratford Young Life Committee
  • Active Volunteer committeeman and assistant captain, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Education

  • J. D. South Texas College of Law, 1994
  • B.B.A. University of Texas, 1990

Additional Information

  • "AV" Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Texas Rising Star by Texas Lay & Politics Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2007

Author of:

  • "How Did That Accounting Clerk Afford a Mercedes?" Houston Business Journal 2006
  • Evictions in Rural Development Housing: A Practice Guide, Some Reminders and Potential Legal Issues-RHRA State Convention (written material and speaker 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010)
  • Being "Fair" in Your Debt Collection, Lorman Educational Seminars (written materials and speaker 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2011)
  • The Death of an Unborn Child: Jurisprudential Inconsistencies in Wrongful Death, Criminal Homicide and Abortion Cases, 22 Pepperdine Law Review, 933 (1995)

Appearances on:

  • 48 Hours
  • Dr. Phil Show
  • Interviewed by The Houston Chronicle; and USA Today
Murphy S. Klasing
Shareholder

Mr. Klasing has a wide range of trial and appellate experience successfully handling numerous litigation matters including commercial litigation, government contracts litigation, personal injury defense, employment litigation and arbitration, banking, construction litigation, premises liability, white collar crime, and toxic tort defense. He has extensive courtroom experience having tried over 80 jury trials in numerous courts throughout the state of Texas, including courts in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Galveston, Dallas, Tarrant, Lamar, Cooke, Travis, Williamson, Rusk, Anderson, Bexar and Jefferson counties. He has appeared in over 35 Counties in Texas for numerous nationally based clients and handled matters in Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and West Virginia.  Mr. Klasing began his career spending three years at the Harris County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District attorney. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Klasing was a partner at Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, LLP, and  McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP in Houston, Texas. Mr. Klasing is also a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates).

Government Contracts Litigation

Our Government Contracts Litigation practice provides complete counseling and litigation services to clients involved in contracts with federal and state governmental agencies and prime contractors. We have assisted subcontractors in claims against prime contractors related to payment and performance. We proudly represent contractors who have provided and continue to provide DFAC (dining facilities) services to our Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have represented such clients in litigation in both state and federal court, before the American Arbitration Association and before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). We are counsel to multi-national companies based in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in this area. We believe that our approach to maximizing our client's recovery and our efficient use of resources sets us apart from other firms who handle these claims.

Self-Storage Litigation

Mr. Klasing has over a decade of experience in the Self-Storage industry.  Mr. Klasing is Texas counsel for Public Storage and has defended matters involving allegations of breach of contract, personal injury, premises liability, Deceptive Trade Practices, negligence, conversion, fraud, theft, code violations and employment issues.  He has handled trials in this area in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, Plano, Irving, San Antonio and appears all over Texas in Self-Storage matters.  Some of his representative cases in this area are as follows:

  1. Defense verdict in Collin County, Texas on allegations of breach of contract, conversion and Deceptive Trade Practices.  Alleged amount at issue:  $180,000.
     
  2. Defense verdict in Federal Court in Houston on allegations of fraud, breach of contract, theft, conversion, DTPA, negligence, unfair debt collection practices and trespass.  Represented Self-Storage company and winning bidder.  Alleged amount at issue:  $773,000,000
     
  3. Defense verdict in Dallas County, Texas on allegations of breach of contract and fraud.  Alleged amount at issue:  $650,000.
     
  4. Defense verdict in Federal Court in Austin, Texas on allegations of Deceptive Trade Practices, negligence and breach of contract.  Alleged amount at issue:  $375,000.
     
  5. Defense verdict in Federal Court in Fort Worth, Texas on allegations of wrongful termination of employment based on alleged age discrimination.
     
  6. Over one hundred successful eviction trials for non-payment of rent, rules violations and a variety of other matters.
     
  7. Successfully obtained temporary restraining orders and permanent injunctions on two occasions where tenants were harassing Self-Storage employees.
     
  8. Multiple defense verdicts in justice court for tenant suits regarding allegations of both wrongful sale and theft.

Mr. Klasing continues to work closely with management and in-house counsel to achieve sustained success in litigation matters across the State of Texas.

For articles written by Mr. Klasing regarding Self-Storage Litigation, please click one of the links listed below.

Representative Experience

2016:

Obtained unanimous Defense verdict in consumer DTPA action seeing $180,000 in Collin County, Texas

2015:

Obtained complete Defense verdict for Nationwide automobile lender in a loan dispute.
 
Obtained complete Defense verdict in Federal Court on behalf of a worldwide self-storage company where the Plaintiff was seeking over $773 million in damages.

2014:

Obtained $3.1 million arbitration award in Washington DC on behalf of a worldwide logistics company.

 

Obtained $600,000 judgment against DynCorp International, LLC in Alexandria, Virginia on behalf of Saudi Arabian Food Services Company.

 

2013:

Obtained Defense Verdict for publicly traded company in an Age Discrimination Suit in Federal Court in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Obtained $1.3 m verdict against Kellogg Brown & Root on behalf of Tamimi Global Company, Ltd. in Harris County, Texas.

Brought and Obtained resolution of millions of dollars of claims before the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution on behalf of subcontractors to the Iraq War effort.

2012:

Obtained $12.6 m verdict before the London Court of International Arbitration against Kellogg Brown & Root on behalf of Gulf Catering Company.

2011:

Obtained a $38.4 m verdict before the London Court of International Arbitration against Kellogg Brown & Root on behalf of Tamimi Global Company, Ltd.

2010:

Obtained a verdict of over $200,000 against an Attorney for Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty and $500,000 against a corporation for fraud in Fort Bend County, Texas

Prior to 2010:

Obtained Defense verdicts in 4 separate wrongful death suits in Cooke, Lamar and Harris County, Texas.

Obtained Defense verdict on behalf of Public Storage in Dallas County, Texas on breach of contract claim.

Obtained Defense verdict on behalf of Public Storage in Federal Court in Austin, Texas on fraud and DTPA claim.