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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."

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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.

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  • $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.
  • $6.7Million Settlement for Injured Tankerman Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a settlement of $6.7 million for a man who fell from a height while working on the dock. His settlement will allow our client to support himself, as the accident left him with permanent disabilities.
  • $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.
  • $5.5Million Settled for Contractor Whose Arm Was Crushed by Faulty Pipe Rack Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a seven-figure settlement for a contractor who was severely injured due to unsafe work conditions. The defendant blamed our client, but still settled the case for $5.5 million.
  • $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.
  • $1.8Million Settlement Recovered for Man Injured in Fall Caused by Faulty Winch Arnold & Itkin negotiated a settlement for our client, who used a winch to work more than 30 feet above the ground despite his employer being aware of the winch's defects. His settlement will help him get his life back to normal after his injuries heal.
  • $1.5Million Significant Recovery Secured for Young Truck Driver Our attorneys achieved an outstanding settlement for a client who was severely burned in an explosion at a natural gas facility caused by a defective piece of equipment. This case was filed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • $1.5Million Key Testimony Turns Case Around for Injured Crane Operator Our firm represented a crane operator who suffered serious neck injuries, effectively dismissing the defendant’s claims that our client was at fault and was not entitled to compensation because he was a “borrowed servant.”
  • $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.
  • $1Million Disproving a Defendant’s Claims That Our Client “Made Up” His Injuries Arnold & Itkin represented an injured seaman who experienced serious injuries when he slipped and fell in the engine room of a dredging ship. The defendant tried to claim that our client made the incident up, but we proved them wrong and won the case.
  • $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.
  • $825Thousand Outstanding Case Result Secured for Injured Tugboat Captain Arnold & Itkin represented a tugboat captain in Harris County District Court, resolving the case prior to trial and securing an $895k settlement for our client’s severe back injuries. We successfully countered the defendants’ attempts to blame his injuries on a preexisting condition.
  • $800Thousand Fair Settlement Achieved for Injured Deckhand Arnold & Itkin’s attorneys successfully countered defendants’ claims that our client, an injured deckhand, was responsible for his own injuries. We secured an $800k settlement for our client, helping him get the compensation he needed to move on.
  • $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.
  • $650Thousand Settlement for Man Injured by Illegally Parked Semi-Truck Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a six-figure settlement for a motorist who was in an accident with an illegally parked truck. His settlement will go toward paying for his extensive medical treatment.
  • $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 Reached for Jones Act Seaman Arnold & Itkin settled a case for a seaman who injured his knee in an accident. Our investigation and fact-finding kept this trial from being weighed down with endless delays.
  • $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.
  • $525Thousand Successful Settlement in Spite of Defendants’ Attempt to Downplay Our Client’s Serious Injuries Although defendants tried to downplay our client’s knee and back injuries, our team at Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a $525,000 settlement for a young man who was injured in a vessel collision with a mooring buoy.
  • $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.
  • $500Thousand Settlement for Man Injured by Semi-Truck Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained half a million dollars in a settlement for a man who was rear-ended by a large truck. His settlement will help our client recoup the income he lost as a result of the accident.
  • $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.
  • $350Thousand Winning the Battle for a Victim of Reckless Driving In a highly contested case involving reckless driving that led to an 18-wheeler accident, Arnold & Itkin was able to successfully recover a $350k settlement for our client, forcing the trucking company to pay for their wrongdoing.
  • $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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