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Ben Bireley


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Ben is a creative, aggressive, and tactical lawyer who loves bringing the fight to the corporate defendants who injure his clients. Since joining Arnold & Itkin in 2016 from a well-known business litigation boutique, Ben has hit the ground running.

“By representing injured plaintiffs, I’ve come to appreciate how your life fundamentally changes when someone else’s mistake injures you. Whether it’s losing the ability to provide for a family, care for children, or just enjoy life like you used to, an injury can have devastating consequences. I take seriously the trust you place in us when you ask us for help. And I’ll work hard to get you just compensation."



Less than two months after starting at Arnold & Itkin LLP in 2016, Ben won a jury trial against an experienced insurance defense attorney in Harris County. The verdict—which nearly quadrupled the defendant’s pre-trial offer—was featured in VerdictSearch. Since then, Ben played a key role in obtaining hard-fought eight-figure settlements for families who lost loved ones at sea, has obtained seven-figure settlements for clients severely injured at work or on the road, and has successfully resolved numerous other cases for his clients in the high six figures.

Ben takes particular pride in working on cases where the defendant is totally convinced it has no blame for the client’s injury. Notably, Ben obtained a settlement for the limits of the defendant’s insurance less than one year after the defendant’s lawyer called him to tell him he should dismiss the case. He also recently settled the claims of a client badly burned in a tank explosion for seven figures after months spent listening to a defense attorney insist that Ben’s client—not his—was responsible for the explosion.

Ben’s cases run the full gamut of personal injury law. He represents Jones Act seamen working both offshore and on and the Mississippi; workers hurt in plants, refineries, oil fields, and other industrial workplaces; the families of workers wrongfully killed on the job; and individuals and families hurt while just driving their cars on Texas and Louisiana highways. In addition, Ben is currently working on a docket of cases involving thousands of clients deformed by bad drugs. He is licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Missouri, and is especially proud to have been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40.

At the end of the day, Ben just wants to get the best result for his client that he can. A married father of three, Ben appreciates the trust that individuals and families put in him. And he truly enjoys the personal relationships that come from working on his clients’ cases. No matter the case, Ben takes his client’s losses to heart and works hard to get their lives back on track despite their devastating injuries.

Ben is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Texas School of Law. He graduated in the top ten percent of his law school class, and was the Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review—a well-known and prestigious legal publication. Ben clerked for the Honorable Lee Rosenthal in the Southern District of Texas for one year following law school. Before law school, he taught at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, receiving a Work of the Heart Award for his work in the classroom.

When he’s not working, Ben likes spending time with his wife, Lauren, and their three daughters. The Bireleys are active members of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Houston, and are always up for an adventure.

Our Clients Are More Than Cases

Stories About the Lives That We've Helped

  • “What I feel is that he never considered me as a number, never looked at me as a number. He looked at me as a person, as an individual who needs help, who needs guidance.” - Mildred Solar Cortes
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  • “You can tell they care, you know, the way they handle you, the way they talk to you, things they are concerned about: your family, your needs. It was awesome.” - Shawn Thomas
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  • “I really feel like Arnold & Itkin brought justice to my family. Not only my family but many other families. It was just unreal how tirelessly they worked.” - Terry Yount
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  • “They told me they were pretty much going to handle everything, I wasn’t going to have to worry about anything—which they held up to that. Just knowing that they were going to do everything that they could to make sure that they find out the truth, to make sure we were taken care of for life.” - Tinisha Thomas
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  • “The people at Arnold & Itkin are great because anytime that I called or needed anything, it wasn’t a hesitation. Whatever I needed, they gave it to me, they made sure I had it. Just one call, and they were there to do it.” - Desmond Calloway
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  • “This firm has impacted every aspect of my life, past, present, future. They pulled off some miracles. They stood up for me when nobody else would.” - Christopher Devall
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  • “I felt like family because they were there to listen and hear—not just brush you off because 'you're just a client.' They let me know when I met them that everything was going to be all right.” - Veronica Sowell
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Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $6.9Million Settlement Obtained for Family of Deceased Offshore Worker Arnold & Itkin negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement for the family of a man who died offshore. Though the defendant attempted to get away with an extremely low offer, our team obtained a settlement that was many times larger.
  • $6.6Million Settlement Obtained for Wife & Family of Deceased Offshore Worker Arnold & Itkin helped a woman and her family get justice after her husband was killed in an incident offshore. Despite undue pressure from the defendant, our firm made sure our clients were taken care of for the rest of their lives.
  • $6.1Million Settlement Secured for Widow of Offshore Worker Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for our client after a prolonged attempt by the defendant to limit her compensation. Despite pressure from the defendant to settle for very little, our client called us. We negotiated a result over 12 times what she was originally offered.
  • $2.88Million Major Settlement Reached for Crush Injury Victims Our law firm represented a worker who suffered catastrophic crush injuries after a work-related accident. The defendant refused to take responsibility, but our firm was successful in uncovering the truth.
  • $1.1Million Settlement Negotiated for Truck Accident Survivor Arnold & Itkin secured a million-dollar settlement for a man who required multiple surgeries after an accident involving an 18-wheeler. The case was settled just before trial.
  • $975Thousand Settlement Reached for Injured Truck Driver After he was injured by the careless driving of another operator, a truck driver turned to our firm for help. We took on the case and fought hard on his behalf, recovering $975,000.
  • $750Thousand Settlement Secured for Woman Hit by 18-Wheeler Arnold & Itkin has obtained a six-figure settlement for a woman who was hit by a commercial truck while traveling on I-45. Though they denied responsibility at first, the company quickly settled when we started investigating the case.
  • $550Thousand Settlement Reached for Injured Chemical Plant Worker Our firm helped recover $550,000 on behalf of a chemical plant contract worker who had been severely hurt after a davit arm fell on him. We fought hard to ensure he received the money that he deserved.
  • $550Thousand Settlement Obtained for Injured Welder Our firm fought tirelessly for a young welder who was injured by a dropped hammer at work. We fought against a defendant who refused to accept responsibility and ultimately reached a favorable settlement.
  • $500Thousand Settlement Obtained for Woman Harmed by Surgical Malpractice Arnold & Itkin secured half a million dollars for a women who was left paralyzed by a neurosurgical procedure.
  • $485Thousand Settlement Obtained for Offshore Platform Mechanic Arnold & Itkin has settled an offshore injury case for a mechanic injured during a transfer to a crew vessel.
  • $400Thousand Settlement Secured for Injured Seaman Arnold & Itkin secured a large settlement for a vessel worker who was not given the safe work environment all workers are entitled to.
  • $335Thousand Settlement Secured for Forklift Driver Injured by Truck Arnold & Itkin successfully resolved a case in favor of our client—a forklift driver injured by a negligent truck driver.
  • $225Thousand Settlement Secured for Injured Plant Employee Arnold & Itkin secured a six-figure settlement for a plant worker who was injured during turnaround operations. Our team leveraged our investigation to compel the defendant to settle.
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