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Murphy S. Klasing

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Murphy Klasing has extensive trial and appellate experience in 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 significant courtroom experience, having tried over 15 arbitrations and 95 jury trials across numerous Texas courts. Murphy has appeared in over 35 Texas counties for various national clients and handled cases in Ohio, Oklahoma, California, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and West Virginia. He serves as primary Texas and Oklahoma counsel for Public Storage, Corey Construction, and Cody Pools. He is also an invited member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates).

Murphy began his career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for three years. Before joining WKPZ, he was a partner at Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, LLP, and McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP in Houston. He is now a member of WKPZ’s Construction Litigation Practice and provides comprehensive litigation and transactional services to clients involved in residential, commercial and industrial construction businesses. Murphy has represented state-wide construction contractors in commercial and residential roofing, HVAC, dry-wall and swimming pool installation and construction. He and other members of the practice provide legal services to the multifamily and large industrial construction industry representing owners, contractors and subcontractors. The practice’s goal in first-party representation is to efficiently and effectively navigate large construction matters to minimize exposure and maximize results.

As part of WKPZ’s Government Contracts Litigation practice, Murphy provides counseling and litigation services to clients involved in contracts with federal and state governmental agencies, as well as prime contractors. He assists subcontractors in claims against prime contractors related to payment and performance. Murphy also works with contractors who provide DFAC (dining facilities) services to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and represents these clients in state and federal court litigation before the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). In addition, he provides guidance to multinational companies based in Kuwait, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. Murphy is committed to providing excellent service through maximizing clients’ recovery and utilizing resources efficiently.

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law
  • B.B.A., University of Texas (Business Management and Marketing)

Additional Information

  • “AV” Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® since 2005.
  • Texas Rising Star by Texas Lay & Politics Magazine, 2005, 2006, 2007
Community Involvement
  • Member-Alliance Defense Fund, on the Stratford Young Life Committee
  • Active Volunteer committeeman and Vice-Chairman, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

 

Publications
  • Wield the Shield of a Good Self-Storage Rental Agreement!, ISS Online Magazine, August 22, 2023
  • A Lien Carries Great Power and Responsibility!, ISS Online Magazine, March 26, 2022.
  • Legal Considerations Around Self-Storage Delinquency and Collections Efforts, ISS Online Magazine, September 9, 2021.
  • My Tenant Filed Bankruptcy-Now What?, Self-Storage News Magazine, March/April 2021.
  • Self-Storage and OPD (Other People’s Drama): What to Do If Your tenant Dies, Disappears or Gets Divorced?, ISS Online Magazine, January 5, 2021.
  • Now’s A Great Time To Update Your Self-Storage Rental Agreement…Here’s Why And What to Include, ISS Online Magazine, August 15, 2020.
  • Self-Storage Lien Laws: An Overview To Help Facility Operators Keep Pace, ISS Online Magazine, November 8, 2019.
  • Biting The Hand That Feeds You: How Do Business Owners Handle Employee Theft?, Self-Storage News Magazine, May/June, 2018.
  • What to Do When You Get Sued: Legal Tips For Self-Storage Operators, ISS Online Magazine, January 17, 2018.
    “Lawsuit Proofing Your Business” ISS World Trade Expo, Las Vegas, NV 2018.
  • Help! I’ve Been Subpoenaed! The Self-Storage Operators’ Guide to Court Orders, ISS Online Magazine, November 28, 2017.
  • 10 Ways Self-Storage Operators Can Avoid a Wrongful Sale, ISS Online Magazine, July 11, 2017.
  • The Essential Elements of a Self-Storage Lease Agreement, ISS Online Magazine, March 1, 2017.
  • Declaring Goods Abandoned in Self-Storage: Why Auction or Eviction Are Safer, ISS Online Magazine, October 16, 2016.
  • Storing Vehicles in Self-Storage: Legalities Faced By Facility Operators, ISS Online Magazine, August 15, 2016.
  • What To Do With Documents and Records Found In Abandoned Or Delinquent Self-Storage Units, ISS Online Magazine, June 30, 2016.
  • Tiptoeing Through the Minefield of Self-Storage Lien Sales, ISS Online Magazine, December 17, 2015.
  • Avoiding Language-Related Liability in Your Self-Storage Operation, ISS Online Magazine, October 30, 2015.
  • “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
  • 48 Hours
  • Dr. Phil Show
  • Interviewed by The Houston Chronicle
  • Interviewed by USA Today
  • Interviewed by Local ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in Houston.

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