Stefanie Klein
Senior Attorney

Email: sklein@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3367

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

A logical, passionate, and talented advocate, Stefanie Klein believes that the most important thing she can do as an attorney is listen to her clients. Stefanie’s uncommon commitment to hearing and understanding a problem from her client’s perspective allows her to best assess her client’s goals and develop and implement the most effective strategies to help them achieve those goals.

Stefanie’s practice primarily involves business torts, contract claims, shareholder disputes, and employment matters. She has represented businesses and individuals in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels in bankruptcy proceedings, mediations, and before arbitration panels.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin who earned her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Stefanie’s academic achievements earned her full academic scholarships at both institutions.

Stefanie is an active member of her community, serving on the finance council of her church, where she has also taught classes for young children and adolescents; led women’s renewal weekends; and participated, along with her husband, as a sponsor couple in the parish’s marriage preparation program. When she is away from the office, Stefanie enjoys eating her husband’s cooking, listening to her sons’ laughter, and curling up with a good book, some warm cats and a faithful dog. She was previously involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and raised one Eagle Scout before losing her will to camp.

Stefanie is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained $3 million arbitration award and judgment in favor of homeowners against contractors for DTPA and fraud claims
  • Defeated summary judgement motion and successfully settled claim on behalf of pipeline service company enforcing non-compete agreement against former employees
  • Defeated summary judgement motions and obtained settlement of over $200,000 against public employer in suit by employee for retaliation
  • Participated in four week trail for bond holders against major bank and indenture trustee, seeking recovery of over $150 million in damages. Case settled favorably during jury charge conference.
  • Defended small bank in trial against $1.5 million claim by money order company to recover losses from check kiting, reaching favorable settlement before judgment.
  • Responded to claim by manufacturer of underground fuel storage tank leak detection system, bringing counterclaim and winning six-figure award for client after two week arbitration.
  • Obtained arbitration award for $1.7 million on breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims in favor of client convenience store chain, enforcing agreement for acquisition of 185 gas stations.
  • Successfully conducted bench trial in federal court, and then successfully argued at Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, defending six-figure claim by European tire sellers for fraud against local retailer. Rimade Ttd. v. Hubbard Enterprises, Inc. 388 F.3d 138 (5th Cir. 2004).
  • Obtained $2 million nondischargeable default judgment in adversary proceeding against Chapter 11 debtor; successfully defended judgment in argument before Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Argued before Fort Worth Court of Appeals to successfully reverse summary judgment, after trial court denied client’s attempt to enforce $2 million judgment by piercing judgment debtor’s individual retirement account.
  • Argued before Waco Court of Appeals to successfully disqualify and pierce judgment debtor’s individual retirement account, overturning bench trial judgment in favor of IRA holder. Nu-Way Energy Corp. v. Delp, 205 S.W. 3d 667 (Tex.App. – Waco 2006, pet. denied).

Professional Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Member of the standing committee on Lawyer’s Assistance Program (TLAP), 2013–present
    • Served on, and then chaired, local grievance panel, 2001–2006

Publications and Presentations

Co-author: “Useful Strategies in the Battle of Experts,” Bankruptcy Litigation: Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop

Austin, Texas   

Educational/Professional Background

  • Southern Methodist University, Juris Doctor,1988, full academic scholarship
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, 1985, full academic scholarship

Court Admissions

Stefanie Klein is licensed to practice law in the following areas:

  • Texas

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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Stefanie Klein

Senior Attorney

Email: sklein@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3367

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

A logical, passionate, and talented advocate, Stefanie Klein believes that the most important thing she can do as an attorney is listen to her clients. Stefanie’s uncommon commitment to hearing and understanding a problem from her client’s perspective allows her to best assess her client’s goals and develop and implement the most effective strategies to help them achieve those goals.

Stefanie’s practice primarily involves business torts, contract claims, shareholder disputes, and employment matters. She has represented businesses and individuals in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels in bankruptcy proceedings, mediations, and before arbitration panels.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin who earned her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Stefanie’s academic achievements earned her full academic scholarships at both institutions.

Stefanie is an active member of her community, serving on the finance council of her church, where she has also taught classes for young children and adolescents; led women’s renewal weekends; and participated, along with her husband, as a sponsor couple in the parish’s marriage preparation program. When she is away from the office, Stefanie enjoys eating her husband’s cooking, listening to her sons’ laughter, and curling up with a good book, some warm cats and a faithful dog. She was previously involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and raised one Eagle Scout before losing her will to camp.

Stefanie is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.