Arnold & Itkin Successes

Billions of Dollars Won on Behalf of Our Clients

Arnold & Itkin's Success

We've Won Billions for Our Clients

Since being established in 2004, the legal team at Arnold & Itkin LLP has become a heavyweight in the legal industry. From awards and accolades to actual work with clients throughout the nation, we are proud of the victories that our firm has been able to accomplish within the personal injury field. Many of our results have set state and national records for their size, including the largest single-plaintiff verdict in Louisiana history and the largest verdict for an amputee victim in the nation.

If you are looking for a Houston personal injury attorney who is capable of protecting your rights, you've come to the right place. Our team has designed our entire approach around taking care of people's needs: physical, medical, emotional, and financial. You, however, don't have to take our word for it. At our firm, we let our work speak for us.

Simply read below to see some of our successes.

Largest Single-Plaintiff Personal Injury Verdict in LA History

$117 Million Recovered for Victim of Catastrophic Ambulance Accident

We helped represent a young mother who had been injured in an ambulance accident. Pregnant with her second daughter, she had been experiencing stomach pains when she called for an ambulance to take her to the hospital. Along the way, the driver (who had a known history of bad driving and poor vision), dropped his RSI device onto the floor and bent down to pick it up. While taking his eyes completely off the road, the driver ran into the back of a sugar cane truck - causing the woman in the back to suffer a severe spine injury (severed at T4), as well as serious brain injuries. Through hard work, our attorneys were able to secure a $117 million verdict on her behalf.

$76.6 Million Verdict in a Risperdal Case

We Take on Pharmaceutical Giants (and Win)

We represented a young man who took Risperdal as a young boy and soon after developed gynecomastia, or the abnormal growth of female breasts. He suffered intense humiliation and bullying, so our firm took up his case against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer. They denied any wrongdoing, but through cross-examination, our attorneys revealed unpublicized documents that linked Risperdal usage with gynecomastia. After an 11-day trial, the jury unanimously handed down a $70 million verdict—a verdict more than 20x larger than the previous 4 Risperdal verdicts combined.

It is also the largest single verdict awarded to a plaintiff regarding Risperdal injuries.

Largest Amputee Verdict in the Nation

$44 Million Won for Man Injured in Severe Crane Accident

Our firm represented a construction superintendent injured. At the job, Berkel & Company had been hired to drill augur cast pilings, which was being done with a machine owned by Maxim Crane Workers. While one of the crane operators was completing deep foundation drilling, the auger became stuck. A Berkel superintendent instructed the operator to unstick the augur. Although the operator attempted to stop the job at least five times, the crane eventually collapsed.

At that time, our client had been standing 100 feet away behind a safety fence. Still, he was struck by a piece of crane equipment that pinned him to the ground. It took another crane to lift the equipment. He was then rushed to a hospital where an above-the-knee amputation was performed.

The trial lasted three weeks. During that time, Attorney Kurt Arnold showed the jury that standard safety practices had been violated multiple times by Berkel so that the job could be completed quickly. Kurt also showed that Maxim had poorly inspected the crane.

After deliberating, the jury found both of the companies to be negligent and awarded damages for medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment, physical pain, and mental anguish; they also awarded punitive damages. Our client recovered $44 million.

The Largest Commercial Litigation Verdict in Hawaii

$41 Million Verdict

Beyond our legal knowledge in personal injury law, our legal team has also proven ourselves adept in handling complex business litigation. For example, we once helped to represent a Houston investor who had been attempting to acquire Honsador Lumber Corporation, one of the largest lumber suppliers in Hawaii. According to the lawsuit, our client had formed a partnership with Key Principal Partners LLC with the intentions of buying Honsador; however, the defendant withdrew from the partnership and negotiated a secret deal for themselves at a substantially higher price – all while our client held onto exclusive negotiation rights. We took on the case and the jury ultimately found Key Principal Partners LLC, along with its parent Key Corporation, guilty for breaching fiduciary duties, interfering with the acquisition, as well as violating unfair competition statutes.

The jury awarded our client a $41 million verdict.

As one client said:

"I encountered professionalism, understanding, compassion – a lot of compassion. They really felt for what me and my wife were going through. They were there; they called, they checked on us. Any questions I had, if they didn't have an answer, they would get the answer, they would follow up.”

Representing 27 Crewmembers of the

Deepwater Horizon Explosion

Our firm is also no stranger to helping client who were victims of terrible, tragic accidents. In 2010, there was a massive explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible oil drilling rig owned by Transocean. Two days after the explosion, the entire rig sunk - causing not only massive injuries to the crewmembers onboard at the time of the explosion, but also one of history's largest oil spills.

Following this accident, we were proud to represent 27 members of the crew injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, as well as surviving family.

We were invested and fought hard for their rights - helping ensure they received the very best in medical care and fought for the best possible outcomes. That's because at our firm, we truly care about our clients. To us, they aren't just another number.

We are compassionate to what they are experiencing and truly take the time to understand their unique circumstances. Then, we are able to help craft tailor-made solutions for their case.

Best of the Best

The Best Lawyers in America®

Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Cory Itkin were selected for the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Admiralty and Maritime Law. The following year, Kurt Arnold, Cory Itkin, and Caj Boatright were recognized. Best Lawyers is considered to be one of the nation’s oldest and most well-respected peer review guides for the legal industry.

For an attorney to be selected, they must first be nominated by anyone but themselves. Lawyers who are currently listed can then provide feedback on the work of the nominees. From then, the results are calculated and feedback is reviewed. It is then confirmed that the nominees are in good standing with their local bar association.

In the end, the best of the best is listed in 140 different practice areas.

Selected for Inclusion in the

Prestigious Super Lawyers® List

Inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list is one of the most prestigious awards an attorney can achieve. We are honored by the fact that six of our own attorneys have been selected for inclusion in either the Super Lawyers® or Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ edition.

  • Kurt Arnold 2005 -2006, 2009 - 2017
  • Jason Itkin 2005, 2007 - 2017
  • Cory Itkin 2010 - 2017
  • Caj Boatright 2005 - 2006, 2015 - 2016
  • Kyle Findley 2015 - 2017
  • Noah Wexler 2013 - 2017
  • Victoria Alford 2016 - 2017
  • Cesar Tavares 2017

Selection for Rising Stars℠ is not simple. First, lawyers nominate attorneys who they view to be "the best," as long as they are either 40 years or younger or have been practicing law for less than a decade. These nominations must come from those who have seen the nominated lawyers in action.

Following the general survey, the selection process moves into research. A lawyer-led team conducts a thorough review of all candidates—assigning them quantifiable points based on preset criteria. This includes evaluating whether they have proper licensing, are in good standing, and whether they've received disciplinary action. Should the nominee pass, it moves into the final selection process where points are tallied. Those with the highest points are named to the Rising Stars℠ list.

“We can tell you that the competition was fierce and that the process was difficult. But we are confident that our selections represent those law firms that are on the cutting edge of plaintiffs-side work in the United States and that they have achieved exemplary results for their clients.”

Selected for Both the 2015 & 2016

America’s Elite Trial Lawyers List

Arnold & Itkin LLP was recognized in the second annual list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers by The National Law Journal and Law.com in 2015, and once again in 2016. The “NLJ Elite Trial Lawyers 50” recognizes 50 law firms that have won the highest plaintiff awards. To be recognized on this prestigious list, a firm must have won more than $40 million in awards or won 4+ cases that totaled more than $15 million from July 1 to June 30 of the next year.

The selection process for this honor involves hours of research, analysis, and vetting.

In 2015, honored firms recovered over $35 billion in total on behalf of their clients.

Houston Business Journal's

"40 Under 40" Award

In 2011, we were proud of the fact that Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin were both honored by the Houston Business Journal for their "40 Under 40" award. This award program stems from the Houston Business Journal's belief in the innovative nature of Houston, TX, as well as its young business leaders. All those who were picked for the 40 Under 40 Class of 2011 were honored for starting their own companies, creating hundreds of jobs within the community, and truly demonstrating an pioneering, entrepreneur spirit.

The year that Kurt and Jason were both honored, the magazine stated that they reviewed 150+ nominations, with many winners receiving perfect scores. Per the magazine, "You'll be impressed by what [the winners] already accomplished and inspired by what they will do in the future." At Arnold & Itkin, we hope to carry on this legacy of innovation to help those close to our firm, as well as the many clients we help in their pursuit of justice.

At Arnold & Itkin, we are proud of our successes both in and out of the courtroom, but more than that, we're proud of the people that we've been able to help. In our years of legal service, we have been able to help real people gain real results - people who were suffering, victimized, and unsure of where to turn. We are not here to make a quick buck or cash in, we're here help. If you would like to learn more about how we can help, contact us today. Call (888) 493-1629 to schedule your free consult.

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