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James P. Klapps
General Counsel and Principal

toll-free: 800.544.5533 JMW Settlements, LLC
direct: 202.463.1990 1725 DeSales Street, NW Ste 801
fax: 866.308.4512 Washington, D.C. 20036
email: jim.klapps@jmwsettlements.com  

Jim Klapps is widely acknowledged as one of the most knowledgeable settlement professionals in the entire structured settlement industry. With extensive litigation experience as an attorney with the US Department of Justice (14 years), Jim has a battle-tested understanding of liability exposure, case preparation, and settlement dynamics. A prescient decision to enter the fledgling structured settlement business in 1982 (before the governing tax statutes had even been passed) has given Jim insights into the technical underpinnings of the transaction that few can match.

A keen appreciation for fine points and nuance enables Jim to maneuver skillfully through highly sensitive situations; clients, mediators — even judges — all regularly turn to him for help. Besides lending his expertise to the firm as general counsel, Jim handles cases of every variety for clients across the nation. His brand of personalized support earns him a loyal following and the highest evidence of client satisfaction: a steady stream of referrals.

Areas of Practice

  • National Practice


  • Texas State Bar
  • United States District Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


  • JD, University of Texas
  • BA, University of South Florida

Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA)
  • Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSCĀ®), conferred by NSSTA in cooperation with the University of Notre Dame


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