In the 1920s, Mather & Company, Chicago printers, created a successful business by asking businesses of the day to subscribe to a poster series of motivational art. These colorful posters hung in factories all across the United States and preached self-discipline, loyalty, honesty, and diligence. The posters promised that workers who followed these simple guidelines would be elevated above their peers.
Although the posters are no longer being produced, the message lives on today in the way Murrah & Killough–Attorneys at Law conduct business and in the manner in which we assist their clients with their various legal matters.
Murrah & Killough, a Houston-based business law firm with new offices in Katy, provides a wide array of services to its business clientele, including transactional law, entity formation, real estate, construction, and corporate litigation to highlight a few. Mark Murrah and Rick Killough have over 35 years of combined varied corporate legal experience.
The Murrah family traces its roots back to the early days of Texas. An early ancestor, Pendleton Murrah, served as the tenth governor of Texas. Mark is currently working on a biography of same. Mark, Texas born and raised, grew up in East Texas and because of those early roots appreciates the work ethic and ingenuity of those who manufacture and make things. A graduate of both Rice University and the University of Houston Law Center, Mark chose to remain in Houston, where he worked with a variety of law firms (Hughes, Watters & Askanase, Stump Farrimond) honing his skills. After a short period as a business owner, he returned to practicing law with a greater understanding of what business owners need and want from their legal counsel.
Mark also believes in giving back and actively pursues avenues in which to do so. One such avenue is Purple Songs Can Fly, a local charity that works to positively affect the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families through the writing, recording, and sharing of its original songs. As a father and coach to his son’s baseball team, Mark also believes strongly in the impartation of truth, integrity, sportsmanship, and good work ethics to the up-and-coming generation. In like manner, as a collector of Mather posters, Mark hopes to instill those same timeless virtues to all who enter his office. One of his favorite messages pictured in the poster behind him is “Have You A Good Idea? Let’s talk it over…and see how we can apply it. Better ways benefit all!”
The Killough family also played a part in early Texas history. Isaac Killough and family immigrated to Texas in 1837 and unbeknownst to them homesteaded on some hotly disputed land. This same land had been promised by way of treaty to the Cherokee Indians just the year before; however, the treaty had never been ratified. This broken promise once again became a major point of contention between the various fractions. The following October, the Killough family was massacred. This vicious attack is believed to have been both the largest and last Native American attack on white immigrants in East Texas. Rick, like Mark, is also in the process of penning a detailed account of the family and their early Texas roots.
Rick Killough, also a graduate of Rice University, earned his J.D. at the University of Texas, Austin. Rick earned his legal sea legs assisting Ken Starr in the Whitewater investigation in the early 1990s. From there, Rick worked for various hedge funds, law firms, and as in-house general counsel before partnering with Mark on Murrah & Killough, PLLC.
Our mission is to represent companies that still make and do things that contribute to making the United States an industrial power, thus providing the kinds of jobs that add value to the economy. We believe that it is their responsibility to offer advice to their clients that goes beyond only legal matters, but also supports the business goals of the client.