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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."



Ben Bireley relishes taking on big opponents because he refuses to be outworked or out prepared. He isn’t afraid to put in the long hours if that’s what it takes to win. Less than two months after starting at Arnold & Itkin in 2016, Ben won a jury trial against an experienced insurance defense attorney in Harris County. The verdict—which nearly quadrupled the defendant’s pretrial offer—was featured in VerdictSearch. Since then, Ben has played a key role in obtaining hard-fought eight-figure settlements for families who lost loved ones at sea and seven-figure settlements for clients severely injured at work or on the road. He has also successfully resolved numerous other cases for his clients in the high six figures.

When everything is on the line, people want Ben fighting for them. He takes pride in working on cases where the defendant refuses to take any blame. In one case, Ben obtained a settlement for maximum compensation under policy limits less than a year after the defendant’s lawyer told him to dismiss the case. In another case, he recovered a seven-figure settlement for a client badly burned in a tank explosion 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; workers hurt in plants, refineries, oil fields, and other industrial workplaces; the families of workers wrongfully killed on the job; and those 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 harmful drugs.

From major disasters on the news to accidents no one hears about, Ben’s goal is simple: get the best result for his client. A married father of three, Ben appreciates the trust that individuals and families put in him. No matter the case, Ben takes his client’s losses personally. He’s driven to get the best results because he sees his clients like family, so he works hard to get their lives back on track despite their devastating injuries.

He is licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. His results have earned him considerable recognition throughout the years. He's especially proud to have been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40, named to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list, and named to the 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Ben is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Texas School of Law. He graduated in the top 10% of his law school class and was the Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review—a well-known, prestigious legal publication. For one year following law school, Ben clerked for the Honorable Lee Rosenthal in the Southern District of Texas. 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.

Ben likes spending time with his wife, Lauren, and their three daughters when he's not working. 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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Ben Bireley

“We want our clients to have success in a case, no matter what. The reason that that's important to us is because we know it's important to them.”
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Our Clients Are More Than Cases

Stories About the Lives That We've Helped

  • “I told him, ‘Kurt you’re my hero. You’re my knight in shining armor.’”
    Mildred Solar Cortes El Faro Widow
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  • “They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like David and Goliath. It’s an amazing thing to see.”
    Shawn Thomas Workplace Explosion Victim
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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 Father of Risperdal Victim
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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.”
    Tinisha Thomas El Faro Widow
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  • “Sometimes I would think about the level of stress that I had going through this whole thing, and I think about Arnold & Itkin taking on that stress for me. They picked it up and they ran with it. They have allowed me to close that chapter and feel good about it and move forward without looking back with regrets. I feel great.”
    Denver & Jodie Colter Gas Line Explosion Victims
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  • “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 Pipeline Fire Victim
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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 Workplace Explosion Victim
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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 Workplace Explosion Victim
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  • “They were very helpful in me evolving through this tragedy, basically. The stress that I was under—they made me feel relaxed. I know that if I called them now and I needed something, they would help me get whatever I needed.”
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Case Results

Check Out Ben's Victories

  • $17 Million Settlement Reached for Victim of Oil Well Blowout Our oilfield injury lawyers represented the victim of an oil well blowout, recovering $17M on his behalf.
  • $8.39 Million Settlement for Family of Man Killed by Off-Duty Drunk Driver We recovered $8.385 million on behalf of the family of a man killed by a drunk driver in a company truck. Despite numerous obstacles, we helped them gain financial security and hold the company accountable.
  • $8 Million Recovery Obtained for Family of Apartment Drowning Victim Arnold & Itkin represented the family of a child who tragically died in the pool at their apartment complex. Despite attempting to blame our clients, we proved the defendants broke state law by leaving the pool without a working gate.
  • $6.98 Million Settlement Reached for Man Drowned in Community Pool Our firm recovered nearly $7 million on behalf of our client and his family following a near-drowning in a community pool. The first trial was paused due to the pandemic, and we settled on the eve of the second.
  • $6.9 Million 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.
  • $6.7 Million 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.
  • $6.6 Million 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.
  • $6.25 Million Settlement Reached for Oilfield Service Worker with Mangled Hand Our firm recovered $6.25 million on behalf of an oilfield services worker whose hand was crushed after a hydraulic grease pump was unexpectedly activated while on the job.
  • $6.1 Million 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 ...
  • $5.7 Million Record Settlement for Man Injured on Oil Platform Our firm obtained a record settlement after a man was seriously injured on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

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