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Richard M. Kaplan


T (713) 961-9045
F (713) 961-5341

Richard Kaplan, a founding shareholder of WKPZ, is a powerhouse lawyer with 45 years of legal representation across myriad business transactions. His ranging experience is a defining quality of his career; he has assisted major corporations, small businesses, and individuals in navigating significant commercial transactions throughout real estate, banking, and corporate arenas. With a keen focus on real estate, he has represented clients from both sides of the market—sellers, buyers, landlords, and tenants—in drafting contracts and resolving disputes skillfully and equitably.

Richard embodies a rare passion and proficiency for mediation. A certified mediator since 1998 and holder of a board certification in Civil Trial Law since 1995, Richard has successfully resolved countless disputes. His exceptional abilities and commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards are recognized with an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible through peer review. Through his legal acumen, extensive knowledge, and steadfast character, he sets a standard for excellence that others aspire to achieve.

Richard has been featured in Texas Monthly’s annual publication, Texas Super Lawyers, for his expertise in civil trial law every year from 2008 to 2023. When not working, he is an active community volunteer. He has served on the boards of several local non-profits, including Congregation Beth Israel where he currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees. Previously, he served on the Board and Executive Committee of Seven Acres Jewish Geriatric Center and was the foreperson of a Harris County Grand Jury. With such an energetic and dynamic life, Richard treasures quality time spent with his wife, Sherrie, and his children and grandchildren.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas Supreme Court
  • All Texas Courts
  • U.S.Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts – Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts, Texas


  • Board Certified by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law (since 1995)


  • J. D., University of Houston Law School
  • B.A., University of Texas, cum laude

Additional Information

  • “AV” Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Named ‘Super Lawyer’ by Texas Monthly Magazine for 2008-2021
  • Listed as one of Houston’s top lawyers by HTexas magazine.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of financial institution in defense of claims by Borrower for fraud and misrepresentation arising out of real estate loans.
  • Counsel for Subcontractor regarding litigation and settlement of Owner’s, General Contractor’s and Surety’s claims for defective construction involving Condominium development project.
  • Counsel for large regional food fast franchisor involving wide range of litigation, employment and real estate issues.
  • Counsel for title insurers seeking declaratory judgment against Property Owners in coverage dispute.
  • Representation of majority shareholder in claims brought by minority shareholders.
  • Representation of Bank in action brought by nationwide produce suppliers under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
  • Drafted and negotiated agreements on behalf of real estate lenders and developers
  • Representation of Shopping Center Owner in defense of claims brought by Tenant for breach of contract.
  • Representation of Shareholder in defense of Claims to pierce the corporate veil, establishing personal liability for corporate debts.
  • Representation of shareholders in connection with claims brought by multiple nationwide produce suppliers for personal liability under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
  • Representation of shareholders in defense of license revocation by the Department of Agriculture under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
  • Representation of water district in claims for breach of contract and negligence against general contractor for installation of underground facilities.
  • Representation of multiple individuals in connection with dissolution of business entities.
  • Counsel for Board of Directors in defense of claims for breach of fiduciary duty brought by minority shareholders.
  • Representation of Landlord in claims against former tenant and guarantor for fraudulent transfer of assets.
  • Representation of oil supplier in defense of claims by former employee for breach of contract and wrongful termination.
  • Representation of Bank in defense of claims for forged endorsements.
  • Representation of Restaurant Chain in defense of non-subscriber claim by former employee.
  • Representation of Purchaser against Seller of property for fraud and misrepresentation.
  • Representation of Borrowers in lawsuit brought by the FDIC for fraud and misrepresentation.
  • Representation of estate executor in defense of large claim for services provided by Hospital.
  • Representation of Bank in dischargeability claim in Bankruptcy Court.
  • Representation of wholesale distributor in breach of warranty claims brought by retail dealers.
  • Representation of flooring manufacturer in claim for breach of warranty by Homeowner.
  • Representation on business brokers against Seller of radio stations for breach of contract.

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