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.