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Joseph McGowin


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Joseph’s career is devoted to representing people and families hurt by the negligent choices of others. Joseph believes that detailed preparation and a willingness to try your case to a jury are the only ways to win big cases. Joseph takes pride in making sure his clients’ stories are heard and validated—especially when the defendant has spent years trying to avoid responsibility.

"Our clients turn to us for help at the most difficult times in their lives. I take that responsibility very seriously. At Arnold & Itkin, we devote ourselves to getting our clients the help they need when it matters most."



Attorney Joseph McGowin has devoted his career to helping people rebuild their lives after the negligent behavior of others. Like all Arnold & Itkin attorneys, Joseph is a skilled negotiator and a fearless trial lawyer. He knows that detailed preparation and a willingness to try your case in front of a jury are the only ways to win big cases. For him, the most powerful part of his work is making sure his clients’ stories are heard and validated—especially when the defendant has spent years trying to avoid responsibility.

Joseph grew up in Mobile, Alabama. After completing high school, Joseph attended the University of Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in history. After getting his undergraduate degree, Joseph moved to Tuscaloosa and obtained his law degree from the University of Alabama.

Before joining Arnold & Itkin, Joseph worked for a personal injury firm in Mobile, Alabama. There, he gained valuable courtroom experience representing clients and their families in a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Joseph's early trial work focused largely on medical malpractice cases, where the defendants often refused to make any settlement offer before trial. Through this experience, Joseph learned how to win difficult cases involving complex subject matter early in his career. When he came to Arnold & Itkin, his previous experience meant he was ready to do what we’re known for: fight for the results that clients deserve, no matter how difficult the challenge.

At Arnold & Itkin, Joseph’s practice focuses primarily on matters involving catastrophic personal injury, maritime and offshore cases, premises liability, and wrongful death. He's been included on the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. In 3 years with Arnold & Itkin, Joseph has tried 9 cases despite the delays caused by COVID-19. His results with Arnold & Itkin include a Top 100 Motor Vehicle Accident Verdict in 2020 and a Top 20 Personal Injury Verdict in Texas in 2021. In addition, Joseph has obtained numerous seven-figure results for Arnold & Itkin clients.

Outside of work, Joseph enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young daughters, fishing along the Gulf Coast, and watching Alabama football on Saturdays in the fall.

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 Joseph's Victories

  • $6.25 Million Large Settlement Achieved for Injured Woman Arnold & Itkin’s premises liability lawyers reached a $6.25 million settlement for a woman who was injured by a falling sign at a restaurant in Humble, Texas.
  • $6.25 Million Settlement Obtained for Offshore Worker with Serious Knee Injury We reached a $6.25 million settlement on behalf of an offshore worker who required an above-the-knee amputation after suffering catastrophic injuries from the negligent use of a basket lift.
  • $6 Million Settlement Reached Following Fatal Train Accident Our firm represented the estate of a train conductor-in-training who was killed in a fatal head-on train crash. In the end, we reached a $6 million settlement on their behalf.
  • $3.5 Million Settlement Obtained for Truck Crash Victim Arnold & Itkin’s truck accident attorneys achieved a multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of a man who was severely injured in a crash with a semi-truck.
  • $3.5 Million Recovery Settled for a Los Angeles Seaman on a Container Ship Arnold & Itkin successfully represented a container ship worker who sustained serious injuries to his legs and lower back when he fell through an open hatch. The defendant tried to evade responsibility, but we compelled them to do right by our client ...
  • $2 Million Settlement Won in Jones Act Case for Overexerted Employee Our offshore lawyers secured a multimillion-dollar result for a seaman who injured himself lifting heavy equipment. The defendant refused to do what was right until the final night before trial.
  • $1.75 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Truck Driver Our truck accident attorneys fought on behalf of a trucker injured in an accident caused by another truck driver’s dangerous maneuvering.
  • $1.75 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Warehouse Worker Arnold & Itkin represented a 39-year-old man who was working as a truck driver at a warehouse facility when a wooden pallet fell on his head. In the end, we reached a $1.75 million settlement.
  • $1.75 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Maritime Worker Arnold & Itkin argued against the unsafe conditions of a vessel in Louisiana to achieve a $1.75 million settlement for an injured maritime worker.
  • $1.2 Million Settlement Obtained for Injured Texas Grocery Store Worker Our firm represented a 49-year-old Texas man who was injured while working at a local grocery store. We litigated the case for more than two years before we were able to reach this favorable result.

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