Attorney Cory Itkin
Cory Itkin aggressively represents commercial and personal injury plaintiffs in state and federal courts throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast and the United States.
Cory earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, where he was elected as a Student Government representative and as an officer in the Silver Spurs.
He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, graduating cum laude. In law school, he earned numerous distinctions and honors, including induction to the Order of the Barons.
Following law school, Cory worked at a prestigious Houston litigation firm. During that time, he worked on one of the firm's rare plaintiff's cases and recognized that his passion and talents were better suited to representing victims.
Cory soon decided to join Arnold & Itkin LLP, where he has devoted his practice to helping families get their lives back on track after being harmed by the negligent and reckless conduct of others. He has won verdicts and settlements for his clients in more than a dozen states.
For his work, Cory has been recognized as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in Texas by the American Trial Lawyers Association and selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ Edition several times.
Cory Itkin's Results
The following are examples of cases in which Cory has served as lead counsel or had primary responsibility for the verdict or settlement. The client's portion of the total recovery may have been subject to medical liens and other third-party claims. These past results are not a guarantee or prediction of the outcome of any other claims. Each case presents its own unique facts and legal issues.
$11.5 Million Dollar Settlement for Injured Offshore Worker
Arnold & Itkin's client was injured in an offshore accident, sustaining physical and psychological injuries. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to obtain a settlement of $11,500,000 for the client's continued care.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,795,000.00.
$8,000,000 Settlement for Injured Seaman
Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin filed suit in Houston, Texas on behalf of an injured Louisiana steward. He was injured during an offshore accident that ultimately resulted in back surgery. His injuries prevented him from returning to work offshore. Plaintiff has initially consulted different lawyers that told the injured seaman that his case might be worth a few hundred thousand dollars. He then sought a second opinion from Arnold & Itkin LLP. After filing suit and extensive work, the case settled for $8,000,000 before trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $3,296,403.15.
Arnold & Itkin Obtains a $7.1 Million Settlement for Injured Offshore Worker
A client of Arnold & Itkin sustained traumatic injuries after an accident offshore, including bulging and herniated discs as well as complications associated with a concussion. By showing the severe impact his injuries had on his ability to live his life and do his job, attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to secure a settlement of over $7.1 million dollars.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,439,943.68.
$5.8 Million Settlement in Maritime Injury Case
A $5.8 million settlement was awarded to Arnold & Itkin on behalf of their injured offshore client. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to demonstrate that his post-traumatic stress and disc and head injuries severely impacted his quality of life, which led to the successful outcome of the case.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,027,512.68.
$5.5 Million Settlement for Young Worker Injured At Sea
A young client working offshore was injured in an accident and suffered depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Arnold & Itkin fought to successfully represent her and was able to obtain a $5.5 million settlement for on her behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,380,909.44.
$5.5 Million Settlement for Concussed Rig Worker
After a terrible offshore accident, Arnold & Itkin's client suffered head and back injuries leading to chronic and continued pain. Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin secured a $5.5 million settlement to cover the cost of continued care.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,316,501.11.
$5.4 Million Settlement for PTSD Victim
Arnold & Itkin’s client experienced psychological trauma after an accident offshore. Maritime attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were pleased that the $5.4 million settlement awarded to their client would ensure that he and his family would be taken care of into the future.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,246,786.28.
$5.2 Million Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
After an offshore accident, the plaintiff suffered from a herniated disc and a concussion, as well as post-traumatic stress. Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin fought to receive a $5.2 million dollar settlement so that the client's future would not be uncertain.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $2,159,497.48.
$4.8 Million Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a $4.8 million dollar settlement for a client who sustained a concussion and a herniated disc injury in an offshore accident. The attorneys are pleased to say that their client's quality of life has improved thanks to the excellent medical care provided for by the settlement.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,994,134.21.
$4.6 Million for Woman with Bulging Disc and Concussion
After their client sustained head and injuries in an offshore accident, attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to prove that the loss in quality of life as well as the forced career change required a compensation of $4.6 million.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,929,890.87.
$4.5 Million for Victim of Offshore Accident
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin received a $4.5 million settlement on behalf of their client who sustained a herniated disc as well as ankle injuries after an offshore accident in his place of employment. Arnold & Itkin is proud that his family’s needs will be met for many years.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,589,040.03.
$4.1 Million Settlement for Injured Rig Man
After suffering from a concussion due to an accident offshore, the client could not return to work. Arnold & Itkin was able to take on his case and secure a $4.1 million settlement. This will take care of the client and his family now that he can no longer provide for them in his area of expertise.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,440,895.57.
$4 Million Settlement for Injured Offshore Worker
A client who suffered from a concussion and a herniated disc as well as neck, knee and ankle injuries after an offshore accident was awarded a $4 million settlement thanks to the tenacious advocacy of attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,690,440.01.
$3.8 Million Settlement for Offshore Accident Victim
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to secure a $3.8 million settlement for a client traumatized by an offshore accident. The client suffered from post traumatic stress disorder as well as a concussion, and was unable to return to his only known field of work. Arnold & Itkin was pleased to help secure his future with this award.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,622,928.80.
$3.8 Million Settlement for Seriously Injured Offshore Worker
Attorney Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin's client experienced throat injuries in addition to post traumatic stress after an offshore accident. The $3.8 million settlement he received will help support him through his recovery and the years to follow.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,588,456.34.
$3.8 Jury Verdict for Worker Injured in Basket Transfer
Arnold & Itkin, LLP won a $3.8 million jury verdict on behalf of an offshore contractor who was injured during a basket transfer that went wrong. The injured worker was from Jeanerette, Louisiana and was hurt while attempting to transfer from a crew boat to a jack up rig in rough seas. Arnold & Itkin's client eventually needed surgery on his back and neck to treat his injuries. The crew boat company argued that the accident never even occurred and that the man's surgeries were unnecessary. Arnold & Itkin proved these allegations were wrong. Before trial, the defendant only offered $200,000 to settle the case, but settled after the trial for $3 million to help the client and his family move on with their lives. The case was tried in St. Mary's Parish, Louisiana with the Honorable John E. Conery presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,448,403.42.
$3.2 Million for Victim of Offshore Accident
The maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin were able to secure a $3.2 million settlement for a client who was severely injured while performing his job duties. He suffered a concussion and a herniated disc in an offshore accident. The man also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Thanks to the hard work and tenacity of the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin, he was able to get the justice he deserved.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,303,666.80.
$3.2 Million for Injured Oil Worker
Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin took on the case of a client who suffered from a concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. He sustained these injuries after an offshore work accident. The man was awarded a $3.2 million settlement thanks to the hard work and legal aggressiveness of the team of maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,420,231.05.
$3.1 Million Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
Arnold & Itkin LLP accepted the offer of $3.1 million on behalf of an offshore worker severely injured in an accident. The client suffered from a herniated disc as well as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the accident. Due to their expertise in maritime law and tenacious legal representation, their attorneys were able to obtain a successful outcome.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,120,701.44.
$3 Million Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin were able to secure a $3 million settlement for their maritime client. He was injured while performing his job duties at an offshore worksite. His injuries were a head injury and a bulging disc injury. Due to the aggressive representation and maritime law experience of Arnold & Itkin, the client was able to get the compensation he deserved.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,036,588.02.
$2.9 Million for Offshore Accident Victim
A maritime worker sought the legal help of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin after he was severely injured in an offshore accident. When it came time to file a claim, he looked to Arnold & Itkin and they were able to see that he was awarded a $2.9 million settlement after proving that he suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of the incident.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,246,002.75.
$2.9 Million Settlement for Worker Injured Offshore
Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to secure a $2.9 million settlement for a worker who was injured offshore. Upon receiving his injuries, the maritime worker sought the help of Arnold & Itkin for the legal expertise he needed. They were able to prove that the worker was deserving of compensation and secured him a large settlement.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,213,472.17.
$2.79 Million Jury Verdict On Behalf Of Offshore Contractor
Attorneys Cory Itkin and Jason Itkin from the legal team at Arnold & Itkin, LLP recently took on a case involving an offshore well tester for the Axxis Justice inland drilling barge. The plaintiff is a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana and was injured while working on a drilling barge in Barataria Bay. Due to the nature of his work, he was often required to work with specialized tools. A separate barge was sent to ship these tools; after it had been docked next to the drilling rig, Axxis Drilling set up a ladder between the two vessels to transfer the supplies.
The injured worker was crossing the ladder to get these supplies when he fell and suffered from substantial back injuries. These injuries were so extreme that he eventually underwent a one level back surgery. It was the argument of the drilling company that they had no fault in the injury – they claimed that all of the blame rested with the plaintiff and that the claims of injury were illegitimate. Despite the fact that there was no offer to settle the case before trial, the firm obtained a $2,795,620 verdict. The case was filed in Galveston County, TX. The Honorable Barbara Roberts was the presiding judge.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,251,625.55.
$2.3 Million Settlement for Worker Injured in Accident
A worker who was injured offshore while performing his job duties was represented by Arnold & Itkin LLP. They were able to retrieve a $2.3 million settlement on his behalf. The settlement serves as compensation for his injuries, which included a concussion and a bulging and herniated disc.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $993,982.55.
$2 Million Settlement for Carencro, Louisiana Resident
Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $2 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered an injury to his neck when the captain of his vessel crashed the vessel into an unlit caisson off the coast of Galveston, Texas. The injury required surgical intervention leaving the plaintiff unable to return to his line of work. The defendant claimed that the injured worker was actually driving the boat at the time of the collision and argued that his injuries were not that serious. The case was pending in Nueces County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $943,091.26.
$1.95 Million Recovered for Louisiana Man Injured Offshore
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin recently recovered $1.95 million on behalf of a Louisiana man who was involved in a serious accident while working offshore. The worker did not sustain any physical injuries, but suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD"). He attempted to go back to work after the incident, but could not continue working offshore as a result of his condition. Arnold & Itkin, LLP's maritime lawyers helped get him the medical treatment he needed and helped him recover enough money to ease his transition into a new career. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $814,575.12.
$1.7 Million Settlement for Injured Worker
The team of maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a $1.7 million settlement for an offshore worker. The worker suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of an on-the-job accident and was seeking justice after the injury which Arnold & Itkin helped to provide.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $750,840.75.
$1.72 Million Jury Verdict for Victim of Crane Accident
Arnold & Itkin LLP industrial lawyers Cory Itkin and Michael Pierce are pleased to announce a $1.72 million jury verdict on behalf of Ernesto Tamez and his wife. Mr. Tamez was seriously injured in a crane accident at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas on January 18, 2005 when a Maxim Crane Works crane operator negligently swung a heavy oil burner into him. Mr. Tamez was pinned between the burner and a nearby handrail and injured his back, neck, and shoulder. Prior to the trial, Maxim Crane Works made no settlement offer. The company argued that the accident was entirely Mr. Tamez's fault and that his injuries were not as serious as he claimed. They also claimed that some of his injuries could have been caused by simple wear and tear on the 60 year old Tamez's body. The case was made more complicated by the fact that Mr. Tamez and his wife do not speak English and had to testify with the aid of a translator. After a weeklong trial in Galveston, Texas, the jury found that Maxim Crane Works was 100% responsible for the accident and awarded Mr. Tamez and his wife $1.72 million. Arnold & Itkin LLP stood by their clients for 4 years and helped Mr. Tamez get the medical attention he needed and the compensation he deserved. The case was pending in Galveston County, Texas with the Honorable David E. Garner presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $736,778.00.
$1.7 Million Jury Verdict for Victim of Helicopter Accident
Attorneys Cory Itkin and Caj Boatright obtained a $1.7 million judgment against PHI, Inc. after a jury trial on behalf of an offshore fire and safety inspector. The offshore worker was being transported to an offshore platform by a PHI helicopter when the helicopter experienced a tail rotor failure. The pilot was able to land the helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico, but the helicopter flipped over in the water after it landed because the helicopter's flotation devices were installed incorrectly. Arnold & Itkin, LLP's client injured his back and suffered from PTSD as a result of the incident. He eventually needed back surgery to treat his injuries. PHI claimed they did nothing wrong and tried to blame the entire accident on component part manufacturers. Moreover, PHI tried to argue that the worker was not even injured in the incident. They pointed out that neither of the other two people in the helicopter were injured and that the plaintiff had a long history of back problems and depression. To bolster this argument, PHI told the jury the plaintiff had been on pain medication for his back for years before the crash (and even refilled his pain medication shortly before the accident) and that MRIs taken approximately a year before the accident were identical to MRI's taken shortly after the accident. PHI went so far as to claim that the worker was faking his injuries and even showed the jury surveillance video that PHI claimed proved that the worker was a malingerer. Cory and Caj stood by their client and were able to beat back these charges. They showed the jury that their client was entitled to fair compensation for what he had been through. In addition to the $1.7 million judgment, Cory and Caj were able to obtain a settlement with another party before trial. Since the jury found PHI was 100% to blame for the incident, PHI was not entitled to any settlement credit. The case was tried in Calhoun County, Texas.
$1.6 Million Recovered for Offshore Injury Worker
Attorney Cory Itkin recovered $1,650,000 on behalf of a wireline worker from Lafayette who was injured on an offshore platform. The worker was attempting to close a valve when the valve failed causing a pressure release. The pressure knocked the worker backward into some scaffolding where he injured his neck. He eventually needed surgery to treat his injuries. The defendants in the case denied they were to blame and tried to blame the worker for continuing to work on the valve despite the fact that he knew it was leaking. They also claimed that the client was not hurt that bad and did not need surgery. Cory was able to show that the valve failure was the fault of the other parties and obtain a settlement that will help his client move on with his life. The case was pending in the Southern District of Texas with the Honorable Nancy Atlas presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $728,111.75.
$1.65M Settlement in Maritime Piracy Case
Attorneys Cory Itkin, Kurt Arnold, and Jason Itkin recovered $1.65M on behalf of foreign seamen who were kidnapped and held hostage by pirates off the coast of Africa. Arnold & Itkin's maritime lawyers sued their employer contending they should have been provided with better security. The company they worked for tried to get the case transferred out of the United States to the seamen's home country or to the country where they were abducted. They also argued they were not responsible, but laid all the blame at the feet of the pirates who abducted them. We were able to beat back these allegations and obtain a favorable settlement on behalf of our clients.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $758,621.98.
$1,557,500 Jury Verdict in Knee Injury Case Involving a Big Rig Accident
Arnold & Itkin LLP trucking accident lawyer Cory Itkin is pleased to announce a $1,557,500 jury verdict on behalf of his client Michael LaFleur. The defendant, Conglobal Industries, Inc., only offered $5000 to settle the case. Mr. LaFleur suffered a torn meniscus when he was bumped by a tractor trailer leaving the facility where Mr. LaFleur worked. He needed arthroscopic knee surgery to fix the problem. The truck driver worked for Conglobal Industries, Inc. who argued that the knee injury was not very serious and that Mr. LaFleur should have recovered from his injury in a matter of weeks. Conglobal also argued that the accident was Mr. LaFleur's fault for jumping in front of the truck right before the accident. Arnold & Itkin LLP showed the jury that the accident was the fault of the Conglobal driver. Arnold & Itkin LLP in proud to see another one of its clients get the compensation he deserves. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas with the Honorable Larry Weiman presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $464,709.80.
$1.55 Million Jury Verdict for Longshoreman
Arnold & Itkin LLP personal injury attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin won a $1.55 million jury verdict on behalf of Gilberto Villegas. APM Terminals' highest settlement offer before trial was only $35,000. On May 29, 2008, Mr. Villegas was seriously injured while he was working as a ship repairman at APM Terminals' marine terminal at the Port of Houston. He was standing in the bed of a pickup truck when a yard mule driver working for APM Terminals collided with the pickup truck. APM Terminals argued that its driver was not at fault because the pickup truck was parked in the middle of an intersection. They also argued that there was only a minor impact because the yard mule driver was only driving one or two miles per hour at the time of the accident. Mr. Villegas' doctor eventually needed to perform neck surgery as a result of the collision. However, APM Terminals argued that the surgery was unnecessary and pointed out that Mr. Villegas had neck complaints which pre-existed the accident. Arnold & Itkin LLP is proud to have stood by its client and proud to have gotten him the compensation he deserved. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas with the Honorable Jaclanal McFarland presiding.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $582,749.75.
$1.5 Million Settlement Obtained for Offshore Worker
Kurt Arnold and Cory Itkin secured a $1.5 million dollar settlement on behalf of an offshore worker who broke his non-dominant hand while working on a drill ship off the coast of Brazil. The injury required 4 surgeries to fix. The company argued that the injured worker was to blame for putting his hand in a pinch point. The company also argued that the worker should not recover because the company paid the worker's full wages and paid all his medical bills until his doctor released him back to work. Arnold & Itkin, LLP beat back these charges and obtained a settlement that will ensure their client will be financially secure as he moves on the next phase of his life. The case was pending in Fort Bend County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $741,838.78.
$1.45 Million Recovered on Behalf of Injured Jones Act Seaman
Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Jason Itkin, Kurt Arnold, and Cory Itkin recovered $1.45 million on behalf on an injured Jones Act seaman. The case settled just days before going to trial. Our client was severely injured when he fell out of the ship's trash dumpster which had been suspended in the air. He broke his hip and wrist in the fall and developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. He has not been able to return to work. The shipping company argued that the injured worker had already recovered from his injuries, but had not returned to work because he had been battling alcoholism for several years. Arnold & Itkin LLP showed they were wrong. We also helped our client get the medical treatment he needed and the compensation he deserved. The case was pending in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $640,864.23.
$1.3 Million Settlement for Injured Worker
A worker sought the legal help of Arnold & Itkin after he was injured while working offshore. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Cory Itkin were able to secure a $1.3 million settlement to help him in his recovery.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $764,124.36.
$1 Million Settlement for Estate of Deceased Industrial Worker
A 26 year old worker was killed in an industrial accident in Port Arthur when he was hit by a pipe at a shipyard. The company argued that it was not to blame since the case involved a freak accident and the young man was solely at fault since he was standing in an unsafe position. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin received a settlement of $999,999 on behalf of the young man's estate.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $602,730.35.