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Garland “Land” Murphy loves finding the right answer for his clients. He has a knack for quickly identifying a dispute’s key questions and then answering those questions efficiently. Land devotes to his clients the same dogged determination and attention to detail that allowed him to graduate as the valedictorian of his law school class and to receive the highest score on the February 2007 Texas bar exam. Land is dedicated to obtaining the same exceptional results for his clients from pre-suit dispute resolution through trial and to final appeal. And Land has obtained outstanding results for his clients through jury trials, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and appeals, with substantial experience representing clients in the energy industry. 

In 2020, Land secured a $158 million judgment for the world’s largest energy trading company after co-first-chairing a bench trial in Texas state court. Land also secured reversal in the court of appeals of a judgment against his client in a dispute over unpaid commissions in the genetic testing field. In 2019, Land first-chaired a jury trial in Texas state court, securing a jury verdict and multi-million dollar final judgment for his large oil and gas client in a breach of contract dispute over payment of costs. Land successfully defended the judgment in the court of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. In previous years, Land secured a jury verdict and a $6,500,000 final judgment in a theft of real property case. Land has also handled several foreclosure proceedings—including defeating last-minute suits and requests for temporary restraining orders—for his commercial lending client after borrowers defaulted on commercial loans. Land secured dismissal of claims against a financial advisor sued for participating in a price-fixing and collusion investigation in the municipal utility district bond refinancing market. 

In past years, Land obtained a summary judgment for a global energy concern declaring unenforceable a $1,000,000 liquidated damages clause in an oil and gas lease. Land obtained a favorable settlement for a Fortune 10 company in a dispute over a well pad accident that caused an uncontrolled release. He obtained a final judgment in favor of a trucking company owner after a jury trial on breach of fiduciary duty claims. He also briefed and argued an insurance coverage issue in an arbitration for a global accounting firm resulting in a seven-figure award. Land successfully defended a drill bit manufacturer against misappropriation of trade secrets claims brought by a much larger competitor. He also successfully represented a new artificial lift venture whose employees were accused of misappropriating their former employer’s trade secrets. 

Land received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1997. Before attending law school, Land worked for several years in the information technology field and received his Certified Public Accountant license from the state of Arkansas in 1999. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. After law school, Land served as law clerk to the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. 


Updated Oct 2021