- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Louisiana
- Southern District of Texas
- Northern District of Texas
- Eastern District of Texas
- Western District of Texas
- Eastern District of Louisiana
- Western District of Louisiana
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Awards and Honors
- 2013 Texas Monthly Rising Star
- JD, magna cum laude,
South Texas College of Law
- Order of Lytae
- Langdell Scholar Torts
- 2004 featured speaker,
Women Professionals in Government
Attorney Paul Skrabanek
Paul is a lifelong Texan. After finishing high school in Tomball, Texas, Paul followed in his parents' footsteps by attending the University of Houston where he obtained two degrees. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in May 2003, graduating cum laude. While working on his Physics degree he was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, a physics honor society. He also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, graduating cum laude with that degree as well.
Prior to starting law school, Paul spent two years running political campaigns. These included a Houston City Council race, a U.S. Congressional race, and a major ballot initiative in Houston. This experience built his interest in the legal field and he ultimately attended law school at South Texas College of Law.
Paul graduated from South Texas in 2007 with high honors. While in law school, Paul was a member of the South Texas Law Review, the Order of the Lytae, and a Langdell Scholar in Torts. He joined Arnold & Itkin immediately after law school. In 2013, Paul was named a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly Magazine; he has also earned membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. Paul was also admitted to practice in Louisiana in April 2013. At the five year mark of being licensed in Texas, Paul has already tried 11 cases to verdict, including 4 first chair trials. Included in those trials are verdicts of $4.9 million, $4.8 million, and $2.8 million.
As his career evolves, Paul continues to take on challenging cases that include multi-million dollar commercial cases, as well as personal injury actions. Some of Paul's results are listed below.
Paul Skrabanek's Results
The following are examples of cases in which Paul 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.
$4.9 Million Verdict for Driller Injured off the Coast of Brazil
Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Paul Skrabanek obtained a unanimous $4,900,000.00 dollar jury verdict after a trial that lasted a week and a half in front of Judge Wilson in the 157th District Court for Harris County, Texas. The client was a driller working for Diamond Offshore off the coast of Brazil who was 30 years old at the time of his accident which occurred aboard the Ocean Yorktown. Plaintiff sustained serious injuries to his left arm and back when he was unexpectedly hoisted over 20 feet in the air at which time his fall protection failed. Arnold & Itkin was proud to assist this young man to ensure he received the medical treatment he required along with the compensation and justice he deserved.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,863,735.90.
$4.8 Million Verdict for Bereaved Daughter
Arnold and Itkin attorneys, Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek obtained a 4.8 million dollar verdict on behalf of the daughter of the deceased. The plaintiff's father died after he suffered a head injury while at the Van Dyke’s seafood processing facility in Port Arthur, Texas. Van Dyke’s personnel allowed the deceased to lie in a break room for seven hours after realizing he was bleeding from the mouth and complaining of severe headaches. The case was tried in Jefferson County, Texas before the Honorable Judge Donald Floyd. The jury returned a unanimous verdict after only four hours of deliberation.
$4,000,000 Settlement Recovered for Plant Explosion Victim
Arnold & Itkin LLP Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley settled a suit on behalf of a Mississippi man that was injured while working in a Texas refinery. There was a plant explosion at the refinery and ultimately the injured worker had to have surgery to repair a broken arm and herniated disc in his low back. He asked Arnold & Itkin LLP to help once his benefits were severely limited due to workers' compensation. The case was filed in Houston, Texas and the Defendant settled for $4,000,000.00. Paul took all the liability and damages depositions in the case. This included heads of safety, operations, and maintenance, as well as operators. Paul also argued a portion of the case at the Court of Appeals.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,721,868.67.
$3.3 Million for Injured Offshore Worker
A senior official on the Thunderhorse offshore rig was severely injured, eventually losing the ability to walk, during the course of pumping quick seal negligently left in the rig's tank by a previous supervisor. A senior official on the Thunderhorse offshore rig was severely injured--eventually losing the ability to walk--during the course of pumping quick seal negligently left in the rig's tank by a previous supervisor. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek settled the case for $3.3 million the day before trial was to proceed.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $1,439,910.10.
$2.4 Million Verdict Won for Injured Refinery Worker
Paul Skrabanek and Kurt Arnold obtained a jury verdict on behalf of an injured refinery worker after a weeklong trial in the amount of $2,400,000. Paul took three of the seven witnesses at trial and got a defense expert struck on voir dire during trial. The Plaintiff suffered second and third degree burns to 20% of his body. His claims were against an engineering company that designed the equipment that caused his injuries. Defendant's final offer was $135,000.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $641,435.08.
$2 Million for Injured Jones Act Worker
Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Paul Skrabanek filed suit on behalf of an injured Jones Act Seaman in Cameron County, Texas. This case was recently settled for $2,000,000.00 after just one deposition. The Plaintiff, a resident of Brownsville, suffered a serious back injury while working aboard a Vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Plaintiff was instructed to move a heavy roll of gasket material which caused the Seaman to sustain a serious back injury. Although Plaintiff reported the injury to his supervisors he remained offshore and did not receive proper medical care until a week later. Consequently, Plaintiff’s Orthopedic Doctors have recommended extensive treatment and surgery.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $831,315.53.
$1.8 Million Settlement
Arnold & Itkin LLP was hired to investigate an accident occurring in the Houston ship channel. Arnold & Itkin LLP was able to recover $1,800,000 for the family.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $742,283.62.
$1,750,000 Recovered for Injured Crane Operator
Arnold & Itkin LLP Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley were hired by an injured crane operator from Dayton, Texas. The client injured his back at a refinery when an explosion occurred. The case was prosecuted in Houston, Texas. The case settled for $1,750,000.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $780,824.38.
$1.6M Recovered for Injured Platform Wireline Operator
Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley settled suit on behalf of an injured platform wireline operator for $1,600,000.00. The plaintiff suffered injuries to his neck and head when he was struck by a piece of metal grating. The plaintiff underwent neck surgery as a result of the injuries. Liability was hotly contested as well as elements of preexisting conditions and age as the cause of the plaintiff's current condition. The case settled shortly after mediation.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $717,096.32.
$1.6 Million Settlement Obtained for Apartment Complex Owner
The Plaintiff owned an apartment complex wherein part of the complex burned. The claims were that the insurance carrier underpaid the damages. Paul Skrabanek took all of the depositions on the case and argued all hearings. The case settled the day before it was to proceed in Harris County.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $500,000.00.
$1,500,000.00 Settlement Reached in Insurance Dispute
Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek settled a claim on behalf of a commercial client that had suffered damages to his property. The insurance company refused to pay and otherwise denied his claim. Paul Skrabanek filed suit in Houston, Texas and was able to show the Defendant through discovery that it had miscalculated the damages and that as a result the insurance company owed a substantial sum. The defendant ultimately paid Arnold & Itkin LLP to settle the case for $1,500,000 rather than go to trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $612,245.95.
$1.45M Settlement Won for Injured Offshore Worker
Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Caj Boatright obtained a $1,450,000 settlement on behalf of an injured Jones Act seaman. The case arose out of a back injury and subsequent surgery. This was a great result considering the seaman had suffered a prior back injury that required him to undergo a prior surgery to the same part of his back. Arnold & Itkin took a number of medical depositions attempting to link up the second injury made the basis of the suit to the seaman's present condition. The case settled a week before trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $880,067.01.
$1.2 Million Settlement in Real Estate Case
The plaintiff was a business client who needed to retrieve commercial real estate assets. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Paul Skrabanek were able to retrieve a $1.2 million settlement on his behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $602,041.79.
$1.2M Recovered for Injured Jones Act Seamen
Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Paul Skrabanek obtained a $1,200,000 settlement on behalf of two injured Jones Act seaman. The Plaintiffs, residents of Mississippi and Louisiana, suffered severe injuries while working aboard a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel was traveling at a high rate of speed when it suddenly came to a complete stop after the Captain ran aground on the coast of Louisiana. As a result of the collision both Plaintiffs were thrown forward across the back deck and into the wheelhouse. One Plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck and back, and the other sustained injuries to his low back, knee, and foot. The Plaintiffs immediately began treating with orthopedic doctors. The attorneys were pleased to obtain a successful settlement on behalf of the clients. The case was resolved one week before trial in Harris County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $536,070.31.
Arnold and Itkin Recovers $1,030,000 for Injured Seaman
Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Paul Skrabanek successfully settled a suit on behalf of a Jones Act seaman for $1,030,000. The seaman, a resident of Arkansas, worked as a roustabout on a jack-up vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. He suffered severe injuries when a drill pipe rolled onto his foot while he was assisting the crane in transferring the pipes to another deck on the vessel. As a result of the injury, the seaman had to undergo two surgeries that ultimately resulted in the amputation of his big toe. Our Arnold & Itkin attorneys were pleased to successfully settle the case after a second mediation. The case was filed in Harris County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $488,394.71.
$1 Million Settlement for Victim of PTSD
Arnold & Itkin attorneys Kurt Arnold & Paul Skrabanek obtained a $1,000,000 settlement on behalf of a seaman who witnessed a friend lose his life while on a vessel. The plaintiff suffered from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Luckily, the plaintiff suffered no physical injuries. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $434,894.55.
$1 Million Recovered for Injured Industrial Worker
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley settled a products liability suit on behalf of an injured industrial worker for $1,000,000. The worker was assigned the task of tack welding strips of metal in a machine that indexed backward and forward. On the date of his accident, the worker got caught in the machine as it closed. He suffered a crushed hip and broken leg. He remained conscious during the entire incident and was ultimately life-flighted to a hospital. He underwent a number of surgeries. This was a particularly good result for the worker as most of the fault fell on the employer for allowing the workers to get into the machine in the first place.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $368,587.39.
$975,000 Settlement on Behalf of Injured Jones Act Seaman
Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley and Paul Skrabanek successfully settled a lawsuit on behalf of an injured Jones Act Seaman from Alabama. The attorneys were pleased to recover $975,000 in compensation for the injured client. The seaman, a rigger on an offshore vessel, suffered a severe back injury transferring a tank from the vessel to a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Due to the severity of his injuries, the seaman was required to undergo surgery to the lower area of his back.
The defendants denied all responsibility for the accident and refused to pay maintenance and cure, claiming that his injuries were pre-existing. With a tactful approach and dedication to the case, Arnold & Itkin lawyers were able to prove the negligence of those responsible for his offshore injury and obtained a court order prior to trial for past and future maintenance and cure award. After numerous depositions and mediation the attorneys sent a final demand of $975,000. One week before trial the defendants paid the demand in full. The case was pending in Harris County.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $474,005.10.
Explosion Victims Receive Over $900,000
Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, Kyle Findley and Caroline Montano were able to successfully settle a case on behalf of their clients. The clients were industrial workers who suffered the effects of an explosion on the job. The case was settled for $919,562.00. The explosion caused the two plaintiffs to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as some physical injuries. One of the clients suffered a lower back injury that will likely require surgery.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $714,711.88.
$900,000 for Worker Injured in Basket Transfer
The plaintiff was on a personnel basket, going from a boat to a platform in foggy conditions, when the crane operator swung the basket into a handrail on the boat, knocking the plaintiff out of the basket. The client fell 10 feet to the deck of the boat, landing chest first and sustaining serious injuries. The maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin negotiated a $900,000 settlement on his behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $332,269.85.
$875,000 Recovery for a Severely Burned Worker
Industrial injury lawyers Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek from Arnold & Itkin LLP and Brad Wyly from the Wyly Law Firm recovered $875,000 for a worker who suffered catastrophic burns to his face, neck, head and body requiring numerous surgical procedures and skin grafts. Suit arose because a fuel delivery company and oil company delivered diesel fuel to the worker's jobsite that was contaminated with gasoline rendering the diesel fuel extremely volatile. The worker went to check the diesel level in a generator and the diesel ignited engulfing the worker in flames. The suit was pending in the 125th District Court in Harris County, Texas before judge Kyle Carter.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $396,004.00.
$850,000 Settlement for Injured Motorists
Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek recovered $850,000.00 for a pair of injured motorists. The clients suffered back injuries when they were struck by an 18-wheeler in East Texas. The case settled after 4 depositions.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $438,097.57.
$800,000 for Electric Shock Victim
The plaintiff was an electrician working on a barge docked in Port Arthur, Texas. He was working on a light fixture while standing on a ladder when he received a shock. As a result, he fell almost 20 feet, injuring his head, neck, back and leg. The defendant argued the accident was the electrician's fault for not wearing proper fall protection and that his injuries were exaggerated. The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin stood by their client and were able to settle his case for $800,000.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $369,822.79.
$800,000 Obtained for Worker Injured in Arc Fire
The plaintiff was a laborer who suffered burns to his arm and neck when an arc fire started where he was conducting work. Paul Skrabanek took all of the depositions in the case and did all of the briefing.
$750,000 Settlement for Man Injured on Mississippi River
Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek settled a claim on behalf of an injured seaman residing in New Orleans. He was injured while working as an engineer. The case was filed in Houston, Texas and was successfully resolved within twelve months for $750,000.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $323,903.29.
Successful Settlement for Injured Commercial Diver
Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek and Kyle Findley, maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP, recently settled a case on behalf of their client, a commercial diver. The total value of the settlement was $750,000.00. The diver sustained a back injury while hoisting up diving equipment. The injuries required the diver to undergo lower back surgery. Arnold & Itkin considers this settlement very successful, considering some preexisting back conditions that the worker had as well as a history of lower wage earnings.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $340,590.43.
$700,000 Recovered for Injured Jones Act Seaman
Arnold & Itkin, LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley were privileged to settle a lawsuit that was filed on behalf of an injured Jones Act seaman, recovering $700,000 in compensation for the injured client. The seaman's severe back injury was a result of a slip and fall accident, causing him to fall aboard a research vessel. Due to the severity of his injuries, the seaman was required to undergo surgery to the lower area of his back. With the tactful approach and dedication to the case, Arnold & Itkin lawyers were able to prove the negligence of those responsible for his offshore injury on the job. The settlement that the client received was in addition to the agreement of the defendant company paying for the medical costs associated with the seaman's injury under its maintenance and cure obligation. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas and the attorneys were able to settle one week before the trial would have begun.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $355,889.71.
$700,000 Recovered for Man Pinned by Tractor Trailer
The Plaintiff was traveling in Orange, Texas when he was pinned up against a median by a tractor trailer that recklessly changed lanes. The trucking company moved for summary judgment on gross negligence and Paul Skrabanek was able to argue successfully to keep that cause of action and punitive damages in play.
$700,000 for Truck Accident Case Involving Back Injury Victim
Lawyers Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek filed suit against an 18 wheeler company on behalf of an injured Louisiana resident following an accident in Orange County. The driver of the 18 wheeler veered into Plaintiff's lane causing him to contact the barricade during the construction portion of 1-10 in Orange County. The Plaintiff sustained a one level injury to his back requiring a lumbar fusion, which Defendant denied. The firm was able to recover a settlement of $700,000 on behalf of their client.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $330,006.73.
$675,000 Settlement Obtained for Injured Offshore Worker
Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley settled a suit on behalf of an injured offshore worker for $675,000. The offshore worker suffered injuries when co-workers dropped a piece of metal grating onto him. This was a particularly good result because the defendants raised the issue of whether the offshore worker was a Jones Act seaman. The offshore worker was engaged in plug and abandonment work on a platform at the time of his injuries. However, Arnold & Itkin was able to successfully argue that he spent a good amount of his work aboard a vessel and contributed to the vessel's mission. The case settled a week before trial.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $326,064.54.
$639,000 Verdict for Victim of Car Accident
The victim was travelling on BELTWAY 8 when a Chevy 2500 going about 60 mph hit her. Her brand new Avalon was totaled and she suffered injuries from her lower cervical to her upper thoracic. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Mike Pierce and Paul Skrabanek won a $639,000 jury verdict. The case was appealed and later settled.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $395,849.98.
$610,000 for Victim of Head Injury
The client was injured by a blow to the head which left him with post-concussive symptoms. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek secured a $610,000 settlement on his behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $353,349.25.
$600,000 Settlement for Victim of Offshore Accident
Arnold & Itkin represented a client whose injuries while working offshore led to a pin placement and bone graft. Kurt Arnold, Cory Itkin and Paul Skrabanek negotiated a $600,000 settlement on his behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $347,409.80.
$600,000 Obtained for Maritime Worker in Un-Operated Neck Injury Case
Arnold & Itkin LLP maritime lawyers Paul Skrabanek and Kurt Arnold obtained $600,000 on an un-operated neck case. Specifically, the plaintiff was working as a deckhand when he tripped and fell over a large hose lying in the middle of the deck. The plaintiff injured his neck as a result of the fall. The case was settled three months in advance of the trial setting and after only one deposition.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $340,499.96.
$565,000 Settlement for Victim in 18 Wheeler Collision
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley obtained at $565,000 settlement on behalf of Mary Berryman who was involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler in December 2010. The case was settled out of court at a second mediation the week before trial. Berryman filed suit against Jose Peralta and Scorpion Transport in Dallas County Court alleging that Peralta ran a stop sign and caused a collision with her truck. Peralta and Scorpion alleged that Berryman was in the best position to avoid the collision simply by going around him.
Ultimately, Berryman, now 62, suffered a back injury that required her to undergo surgery. Peralta and Scorpion contended that the 62-year-old's condition was related to a prior incident in 2007 where doctor reports showed herniations in her low back and neck. After the first mediation in the case, the mediator issued a mediator's proposal, which was rejected by both parties. However, at a second mediation the week before trial, the Defendants and their insurance carrier paid in excess of the first mediator's proposal. Paul was lead attorney on the case.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $281,947.46.
$550,000 Recorded for Injured Jones Act Seaman
Arnold & Itkin Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley settled a case on behalf of an injured Jones Act seaman for $550,000.00. The plaintiff had suffered a low back injury during the picking up and moving of 100 pound sacks of drilling material. He claimed that his company did not provide him with (1) a safe means to move the sacks, (2) the proper personal protective equipment, and (3) the appropriate number of personnel to aid in the procedure. The case settled prior to the plaintiff undergoing surgery in his low back.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $268,935.16.
$550,000 for Accident Victim
The plaintiff was injured at work on a terminal 18 cargo vessel. He was working in a room with no lighting, leading to a ten foot fall, and a fractured skull and broken fingers. The maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin negotiated a $550,000 settlement on his behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $305,603.86.
$515,000 Settlement Recovered on Behalf of Motor Vehicle Accident Victim
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Paul Skrabanek obtained a $515,000 settlement on behalf of a Plaintiff who was involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle in Cameron County, Texas. The case was successfully settled out of court, after two mediations, one month before trial. The attorneys filed suit after the Defendant's vehicle jumped a curb and collided with Plaintiff's car as she was exiting a Valero gas station in Brownsville, Texas. The Defendants asserted a sudden emergency defense, claiming the brakes on the vehicle went out, and attempted to use Plaintiff's past medical records to claim her low back injuries existed before the wreck.
During the first mediation the attorneys rejected the Defendant's "best and final" offer and pursued additional depositions. During the following depositions the attorneys developed evidence to show that the maintenance records for the vehicle had been discarded during litigation and filed a motion for spoliation of evidence with the court. The parties attempted a second mediation and again the Defendants offer was rejected. One week before the spoliation of evidence hearing the Defendants offered an amount in excess of all previous offers, and more than double the offer at the first mediation. Arnold & Itkin was pleased to obtain a successful settlement on behalf of the client.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $260,484.48.
$500,000 Settlement for Victim with Back Injury
Arnold & Itkin represented a floorhand on the Hercules Offshore rig who was injured after picking up drill pipe. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek secured a $500,000 settlement on his behalf.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $230,348.60.
$475,000 Settlement for Man Sprayed by Caustic Chemical
The Plaintiff was a Jones Act seaman who sustained injury to his right eye after being sprayed with a caustic chemical. The case settled the weekend before trial after Paul Skrabanek won almost all rulings at the pretrial hearing. He also took five depositions on the case.
$415,000 for Injured Yacht Chef
The Plaintiff was a yacht chef who had her pinky finger pinched off in a line handling accident. Paul Skrabanek took six depositions on the case and was able to obtain a $415,000 settlement.
Attorney's fees and expenses totaled $216,470.36.