Ian G. Klein

Ian Klein


Phone: 214-220-1220
Fax: 214-220-2770

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Personal and Powerful

At the heart of Ian’s legal practice is his unwavering commitment to standing up for the underdog. Ian is driven by a deeply personal understanding of his clients’ struggles, shaped by his experiences growing up around families who faced significant challenges during the 2008 financial crisis. Witnessing first-hand the hardships of those attending Title I schools, Ian saw many hard-working individuals lose their homes, retirement savings, or businesses to entities more powerful than themselves. This fostered a deep-rooted passion for representing those who are often overwhelmed and outmatched in legal battles.

One of Ian’s most noteworthy professional victories came during his pro bono representation of a single mother and her young child, when he successfully prevented their eviction and homelessness. He has also represented elderly individuals whose retirement savings were embezzled or negligently lost, securing seven-figure recoveries for these clients. His victories highlight his skill in the courtroom and show his commitment to justice and ability to protect the interests of those who are most vulnerable.

More Than Just a Lawyer

Ian’s path to the legal profession was set in motion with a notable victory in a Texas Undergraduate Moot Court competition, where he was honored as Best Speaker and awarded a full tuition scholarship to law school. Ian graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law magna cum laude, ranking in the top ten of his class, and was inducted into the esteemed Order of the Coif and Order of Barristers. His leadership abilities were evident as President of both Texas A&M’s Student Bar Association and Board of Advocates.

However, it’s not just in the courtroom where Ian demonstrates his resilience and determination. He proudly recounts a memorable encounter from his high school football days, which serves as a testament to his fighting spirit: Ian faced off against a then 15-year-old Myles Garrett—who would later rise to fame as an NFL star—and left the field with a torn labrum. Away from legal battles, Ian embraces life with a love for adventure and community service. An Eagle Scout and Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, he dedicates weekends to revitalizing the BSA Scout Ranches and campsites of the Longhorn Council. His interests range from immersing himself in thriller novels and nonfiction works to football games and (poorly) singing karaoke.

Traditional yet Innovative

The attorneys at Brousseau Naftis Erick & Massingill believe there is power in words. Words, proverbs, sayings, and quotations have the power to connect us to the past while also keeping us focused on the present. At our firm, we are mindful of past, present, and future – understanding that all are linked. The words and sayings that we hold onto are often meaningful in our lives, shaping our personal philosophies and behaviors. So, we think it is worth sharing some of our favorite sayings so that you can get to know each of us on a more personal level.

Ian’s own blend of approachability and versatility shines through in one of his favorite quotes: “Nothing in the laws of physics says it can’t be done.” This reflects his belief in the realm of possibility; if it’s not physically impossible, then it’s attainable. This saying captures Ian’s passion for uncovering creative solutions and his relentless determination to persevere against all odds.

Educational Background

J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law, 2020

  • Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; National Order of Barristers; Texas A&M Student Bar Association; Texas A&M School of Law Board of Advocates; Texas A&M Law Review, Board of Editors; Phi Delta Phi; Academic Support Teaching Assistant

B.A., University of Texas at Arlington, 2016

  • Texas Undergraduate Moot Court; Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot; National Society of Collegiate Scholars

University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2015

  • Six-month study abroad exchange program

Legal Experience

Associate Attorney, Brousseau Naftis Erick & Massingill, P.C.,
Dallas, Texas
December 2023 to present

Associate Attorney in Private Practice
Dallas, Texas
May 2021 – Sep 2023

Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Hon. W. Keith Watkins and Hon. Myron H. Thompson
Montgomery, Alabama
August 2020 – May 2021

Professional License

State Bar of Texas, 2021

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law, Texas Supreme Court, 2021

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Civic Activities

Tarrant County Democrats
– Sustaining Member

Dallas Bar Association Peer Assistance Committee
– Member

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program
– Volunteer

Honors And Professional Accomplishments

Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (BL Rankings, LLC), 2024

State Bar of Texas Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, 2020


Ian Klein & Heath Cheek, How Updates to the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act Are Working, Texas Lawyer (April 11, 2022).

Ian Klein, Enemy of the People: The Ghost of the F.C.C. Fairness Doctrine in the Age of Alternative Facts, 42 Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal 45 (2020).

Ian Klein et al., The Safe and Efficient Development of Offshore Transboundary Hydrocarbons: Best Practices from the North Sea and Their Application to the Gulf of Mexico, 1 Texas A&M Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Systems Program Reports & Publications 6 (2019).

Personal History

Ian lives with his cats, Ozai and Zelda.