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Claire Schindler


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Coming from a family of attorneys, Claire knew that she wanted to be a lawyer at a young age. Since she was 19 years old, Claire began working in law firms to gain valuable experience in the industry and learn how to advocate for future clients effectively.

“I understand that getting hurt turns your world upside-down and makes you feel powerless. My passion for assisting clients in these situations comes from wanting to help people make things right again, one day at a time."



As a Louisiana native, Claire began her secondary education at Louisiana State University, where she majored in political science and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Claire’s passion for advocacy was solidified when she was hit by a drunk driver her senior year of college. The incident sparked her interest in personal injury law, and she vowed to help others in her situation.

Upon graduation, Claire continued her education at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she received the Chancellor’s Scholarship and was a Dean’s List student. Claire earned the CALI Excellence Award in Legal Research and Writing, an award given to the top student in the class.

After her first year of law school, Claire studied abroad in Lyon, France, studying comparative law and gaining experience from a U.S. District Judge, Chief Judge Shelly Dick for the Middle District of Louisiana.

While at LSU Law, Claire participated in various trial competitions, including the Vinson Elkins week-long trial advocacy program where she learned from experienced trial attorneys and judges.

Prior to joining Arnold & Itkin, Claire worked for several talented trial attorneys and externed for U.S. District Magistrate Judge Richard L. Bourgeois, Jr. for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Claire graduated with a Juris Doctorate, a degree in comparative law, and a graduate certificate in energy law and policy. After moving to Houston, Claire joined Arnold & Itkin as a law clerk and was hired as an attorney upon passing the bar exam. In Claire’s short time with our firm, she has participated in hundreds of depositions and has tried four cases to verdict—all during a global pandemic. Her most recent verdict was $1.5 million in the Western District of Oklahoma. Claire has obtained nearly $40,000,000.00 in settlements for her clients over the last three years. She also had the incredible opportunity to try a plant explosion case against Exxon Mobil in Harris County with Kurt Arnold, which resulted in a favorable settlement after nearly three weeks of trial. Claire helps our team fight for the future that clients deserve by refusing to back down, even when the other side won’t cooperate.

In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. As a two-time LSU alumnus, Claire is an avid LSU football fan and attends as many games as possible (Geaux Tigers!).

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.”
    Donna Deason
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Case Results

Check Out Claire's Victories

  • $3.6 Million Settlement Reached for Louisiana Man Injured in Plant Accident Our legal team represented a young man injured while working at a plant in Texas. We fought aggressively to get him the best medical care and ultimately reached a $3.6 million settlement on his behalf.
  • $3.45 Million Settlement Reached for Injured South Texas Plant Worker Our firm reached a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a worker injured at a Texas plant.
  • $3.45 Million Settlement Obtained for Man Injured in Industrial Accident Our firm helped a young man who suffered serious injured in a Texas workplace accident. We were able to help him get the best medical care while fighting for these life-changing results on his behalf.
  • $3.38 Million Settlement Reached for Man Hit Head-On by Reckless Driver We recovered $3.375 million on behalf of a man severely injured after being hit by a large truck.
  • $3.35 Million Settlement Recovered for Industrial Accident Victim Our attorneys represented a young man injured while working at a Texas plant and were able to recover a multi-million dollar settlement on his behalf.
  • $2.95 Million Settlement Obtained for Injured Refinery Worker Our firm reached a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a refinery worker who was injured during a workplace incident in Texas. We worked tirelessly to achieve this life-changing result on his behalf.
  • $2.95 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Industrial Worker Our team represented a Texas plant worker who suffered injuries to his neck and back during a work accident. We successfully reached a $2.95 million settlement on his behalf.
  • $2.85 Million Settlement Reached for Man Injured Working at a Plant Arnold & Itkin secured a $2.85 million settlement for a refinery worker injured during a workplace incident.
  • $2.85 Million Settlement Reached for Man Injured in Workplace Accident Our firm represented an industrial worker injured during a serious Texas plant accident.
  • $2.7 Million Settlement Secured for Man Injured Working at an Industrial Facility Our attorneys reached a $2.7 million settlement on behalf of a young man who was catastrophically injured while working at an industrial facility.

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