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Caj Boatright


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Caj is one of the most decorated and successful trial lawyers in America. He has made a habit out of winning huge verdicts and settlements for his clients over his two decades of legal practice, no matter the odds. It would be difficult to find another trial lawyer anywhere in the country that has tried more cases to verdict and obtained more life-changing settlements in recent years. In addition to his results at trial, Caj has the unique distinction of also arguing many significant to appeals to a wide range of appellate tribunals, including the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Caj’s success in the courtroom has not gone unnoticed. He has been nationally recognized by Best Lawyers every year since 2017 as one of America’s most accomplished attorneys in Admiralty and Maritime Law. After being named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly multiple times in his early years of practice, Caj is now regularly named as a Super Lawyer by that publication. H Texas Magazine has deemed Caj a “Top Professional on the Fast Track” and a “Top Lawyer for the People.” Houstonia Magazine has also joined the long list of publications highlighting Caj’s success for his clients.

“As a trial lawyer, you must be willing to go the distance in every case. Few firms actually live by that creed. Arnold & Itkin does—plain and simple. The results speak for themselves.



When everything is on the line, you need a lawyer who never backs down from a challenge. Caj will not, and he has proved it time and again. Caj’s relentless work has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of jury verdicts and settlements for people suffering from the worst times of their lives.

Just a small sample of the recent results Caj has obtained as lead trial counsel is staggering:

  • $78,000,000 settlement for injured west Texas oil field worker
  • $18,750,000 settlement for Louisiana man burned in a pipeline explosion
  • $18,000,000 jury verdict for a south Texas family injured in a shopping center
  • $12,500,000 settlement for a Mississippi man injured on an offshore oil rig
  • $12,000,000 settlement for a Louisiana boat captain injured on the job
  • $11,000,000 judgment for a businessman wronged when a company breached its contract with him
  • $10,000,000 settlement for an injured child
  • $10,000,000 settlement for a family who lost its husband, dad, and sole income provider in a truck accident
  • $9,100,000 jury verdict for an injured oilfield worker
  • $9,000,000 settlement for an injured oil field worker in Texas

Caj’s success for his clients stems from the case preparation at Arnold & Itkin:

  • Unmatched preparation – we will not be outworked
  • Dedication – we will do everything we can to get each client the maximum recovery
  • Unrivaled resources – we will put everything into winning our cases
  • Refusal to back down – We will go toe-to-toe with the biggest companies in the world, and we will win
  • Endurance – we will treat and prepare every case as if it is going to trial

That formula rests on Caj’s strong sense of justice and his belief that the American jury system is the best way to help people get what they deserve when it matters the most. He does his best to make sure his clients receive maximum compensation when companies refuse to take responsibility for their wrongful conduct.

One of Caj’s greatest strengths is his vast and diverse experience. He spent four years practicing complex commercial litigation and appellate law at one of Texas’s largest and most well-respected firms. He also had the honor of serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Reynaldo Garza on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Additionally, Caj spent five years handling high stakes litigation for ExxonMobil, overseeing the company’s largest cases in various states with tens of billions of dollars in exposure. And on top of that, most of his career has unfolded in the courtroom, representing injured clients who have no option but to win. It is unlikely that there is a lawyer in the country with a more well-rounded and accomplished resume.

Caj grew up in the small west Texas town of Sweetwater. He attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas where he graduated cum laude with honors. Caj then got his law degree from the University of Texas with Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin. Caj was the first lawyer to join Arnold & Itkin after the firm was founded in 2004.

When he is not in the courtroom, Caj is with his wife Jodi and his three kids at a sporting event, or outdoors at their west Texas ranch or at their home in Park City, Utah. Caj and Jodi are members at Kingwood United Methodist Church and volunteer for Young Life.

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Caj Boatright

“My passion for this job takes over as soon as I wake up. It’s easy to be passionate about your job when you’re as fortunate as I am to work at a place like Arnold & Itkin.”
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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.” Because that’s how I feel toward him. He’s there to protect me, and I feel so safe. They are driven. They are aggressive. They will not quit for you. They will not give up for you. That’s what makes them special.”
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  • “They’re unstoppable! They definitely have the experience you need. They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like the 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. Our trial lasted around 10 days. Every night, they were working ‘til way after midnight. There were a couple nights they never even slept. It was just amazing to me and my family.”
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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.”
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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 Caj's Victories

  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $193 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $125 Million Settlement Won for Widow of Dredge Worker Offshore lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP won a nine-figure settlement for a woman who lost her husband in a pipeline explosion. By pushing the case toward trial, our firm pressured the defendant into settling with our client, allowing her to rebuild ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $78 Million Massive Settlement for Severely Injured Client Our firm helped reach a $78 million settlement for a severely injured client.
  • $77.5 Million Settlement Reached for Houston Man Injured in a Forklift Incident Our legal team won a $77.5 million settlement for a Houston family man paralyzed in a workplace incident.
  • $75 Million Confidential Settlement Achieved on Behalf of Multiple Clients Arnold & Itkin LLP reached an eight-figure settlement on behalf of a group of clients against a large defendant.
  • $68 Million Settlement Obtained for Injured Dredge Worker Arnold & Itkin LLP secured $68 million for an injured offshore worker who was hurt in a pipeline explosion. Our relentless advocacy compelled the defendant to settle with our client to take care of him for the rest of his life.

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