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Kurt Arnold

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Kurt Arnold is a fierce trial lawyer who has won billions in verdicts and settlements for his clients since founding Arnold & Itkin. In fact, Kurt has recovered more than one billion in verdicts and settlements in a single year multiple times and holds many records across the country for record-breaking verdicts and settlements. He is one of the nation’s most accomplished, skilled advocates both in and out of the courtroom. Kurt believes results matter, and his track record proves it.

"Always bet on justice. It takes a lot of time and resources to win a case against big defendants, and some cases are easier to win than others. But this doesn’t matter at Arnold & Itkin. We take the cases that we must win because it’s the right thing, the ones we have to win—even if it’s hard. Especially if it’s hard."

Biography

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Kurt has won numerous record-setting jury verdicts, including $117 million for the largest single-plaintiff personal injury verdict in Louisiana, $42 million for the largest commercial verdict in Hawaii, and $44 million for the largest single amputee verdict in the United States. Kurt has recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, including several billion dollars in the past three years. These settlements include record individual recoveries of $90 million, $87 million, $78 million, and $72 million.

He has shattered records across the country with his results:

  • Largest settlement for an individual burned at work site in United States history.
  • Largest settlement for a man killed offshore in United States history.
  • Largest settlement for families injured in a plant explosion in United States history.
  • Largest settlement for an undocumented worker in United States history.
  • Largest jury verdict for a single amputee in United States.
  • Largest settlement for worker injured in Texas oilfield.
  • Largest jury verdicts in multiple states throughout the country.

Kurt cares deeply about his clients and refuses to take no for an answer. One of his favorite parts of being a trial lawyer is helping individuals defeat companies that have continued to deny responsibility. His dedication to justice has resulted in record-setting eight and nine-figure jury verdicts, more than 50 jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, more than 500 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million, and multiple nationwide product recalls. The National Law Journal has recognized Kurt multiple times for his record-setting jury verdicts. As a result, the National Law Journal named Arnold & Itkin to the top 50 Elite Trial Lawyer list in the country. Lawdragon has also named Kurt as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America and one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers. In 2019, Kurt was honored to join the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, which is an-invitation only group of the top 100 plaintiff lawyers in the country.

The Best Lawyers in America® also recognized Kurt for his extraordinary work in Admiralty and Maritime Law, as well as Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. When the Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 workers and injuring dozens more, 27 of the men and women on the rig chose Kurt as their lawyer. Kurt represented more workers on the Deepwater Horizon than any other lawyer in the country. His hard work resulted in unprecedented settlements on their behalves, ensuring they would be taken care of for life. Kurt understands the unique complexities of maritime litigation and has been a leader in every major maritime accident litigation from the Deepwater Horizon explosion to the El Faro cargo ship tragedy. Kurt’s work in these maritime accidents resulted in the highest settlements in the country.

After co-founding his law firm at the age of 25, the success Kurt has achieved in the subsequent years is unparalleled. He has won bigger settlements and verdicts for his clients than anyone else his age in the country. He has represented clients injured in the largest worksite accidents, plant explosions, industrial disasters, and land rig accidents across the nation, securing numerous verdicts and settlements in excess of $100,000,000 on their behalves. Recently, Kurt secured multiple eight-figure jury verdicts against a large energy company for its role in a plant explosion in Louisiana that injured dozens. Defendants refused to offer his clients a fair settlement offer before trial, so Kurt tried two back-to-back jury trials and obtained multiple eight-figure jury verdicts in each trial. After these jury verdicts, Defendants gave in and paid Kurt’s clients settlements that were more than ten times higher than Defendants’ had offered them before trial.

Kurt has also fought for the rights of thousands of families who were harmed by giant pharmaceutical companies’ defective drugs and held trucking companies accountable for the tragedies they caused. These successes, including several settlements in excess of $100,000,000, have earned Kurt the reputation among his peers as the leader in catastrophic personal injury litigation. As a result of his track record for obtaining exceptional value for his cases, hundreds of lawyers from around the world have asked Kurt to try their cases.

Kurt graduated from the University of Texas with High Honors at only 19 years of age. Three years later, he graduated from the University of Texas Law School with Honors in the top 5 percent of his class. Kurt is licensed to practice in Texas and Pennsylvania, before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Kurt is proud of the firm he has built and takes pride in his team’s commitment to protecting clients and fighting for justice. He and his wife Tara, who is also a lawyer, live in Houston with their son Jaxon. They are members of St. Paul’s Methodist Church and are founders of the Arnold & Itkin Foundation, which supports numerous charities.

Meet Kurt Arnold

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“It is truly a joy to go to work every day and know you’re helping so many people with so many different types of cases and knowing they’re relying upon you to ensure their life is put back together. It’s a great responsibility, but honestly it’s one of my favorite parts about being a trial lawyer.” - Kurt Arnold

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Our Clients Are More Than Cases

Stories About the Lives That We've Helped

  • “What I feel is that he never considered me as a number, never looked at me as a number. He looked at me as a person, as an individual who needs help, who needs guidance.” - Mildred Solar Cortes
    Play Video Mildred Solar Cortes El Faro Widow
  • “You can tell they care, you know, the way they handle you, the way they talk to you, things they are concerned about: your family, your needs. It was awesome.” - Shawn Thomas
    Play Video Shawn Thomas Workplace Explosion Victim
  • “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
    Play Video Terry Yount Father of Risperdal Victim
  • “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. Just knowing that they were going to do everything that they could to make sure that they find out the truth, to make sure we were taken care of for life.” - Tinisha Thomas
    Play Video Tinisha Thomas El Faro Widow
  • “The people at Arnold & Itkin are great because anytime that I called or needed anything, it wasn’t a hesitation. 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
    Play Video Desmond Calloway Pipeline Fire Victim
  • “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
    Play Video Christopher Devall Workplace Explosion Victim
  • “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
    Play Video Veronica Sowell Workplace Explosion Victim

Kurt's Case Results

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  • $205Million 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.
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  • Record-Setting $171Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History
    Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement ...
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  • Record-Setting $117Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History
    Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the ...
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  • $116Million Confidential Settlement
    Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
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  • Record-Setting $110Million Record Settlement Achieved 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 ...
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  • Record-Setting $105Million 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.
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  • $97Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers
    Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
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  • $87Million Confidential Settlement for Worker Who Suffered Life-Threatening Burn Injuries
    Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a man who was caught in life-threatening flames while performing his work duties. Find out how our firm secured the ...
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  • $78Million Massive Settlement for Severely Injured Client
    Our firm helped reach a $78 million settlement for a severely injured client.
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  • $75Million 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.
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  • Record Victory $72Million Record Victory for Severely Injured Worker
    Arnold & Itkin has achieved a record settlement for a worker who was injured in a severe oilfield accident less than 2 years after the incident. His accident was a result of negligence from multiple ...
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  • Record-Setting $44Million The Largest Verdict Ever Won for an Amputee Victim
    Arnold & Itkin represented a construction superintendent who required a leg amputation after a crane collapse. At the time of the collapse, our client had been standing behind a safety fence 100 feet ...
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  • Record-Setting $41Million The Largest Commercial Litigation Verdict in Hawaii
    Our client was a Houston-based investor who was cut out of a deal to acquire Honsador Lumber Corporation, one of Hawaii’s largest lumber suppliers. The jury found Key Principal Partners LLC and its ...
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  • Record-Setting $29Million The Largest Known Settlement for a Wrongful Death Offshore
    Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin successfully secured a record settlement for a single family who tragically lost a loved one. It is the largest known settlement for a death that occurred ...
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  • $28Million Massive Confidential Settlement Obtained
    Arnold & Itkin is thrilled to announce that we have secured a massive settlement for our clients.
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  • $18.75Million Life-Changing Settlement Secured for Injured Oilfield Worker
    Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a massive settlement for an oilfield worker with a tough case. Our team worked around the clock to find the one detail that changed our client’s life forever.
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  • Breaking News $18.5Million Second Verdict Won for 4 Victims of Geismar Explosion
    In our second trial on behalf of victims of the 2013 plant explosion in Geismar, LA, Arnold & Itkin won a massive verdict for 4 workers and their families. The verdict will go toward providing the ...
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  • Breaking News $15.5Million Massive Verdict Won for Geismar Explosion Victims
    Arnold & Itkin won a landmark verdict against Williams Companies, Inc. and child company Williams Olefins LLC for their part in the 2013 explosion that killed 2 workers and injured over 100 more. ...
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  • $14Million Jones Act Settlement Reached Two Days Before Trial
    Arnold & Itkin represented a seaman after he suffered a head injury on the Hercules 15 inland barge. Hercules employees tack welded a three foot pipe to the derrick and then forgot to remove it before ...
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  • $13.7Million Massive Settlement Won Only Months After Injury
    Arnold & Itkin represented a plant worker who was seriously injured in an accident on the job. Plant injuries are often complex, taking years to fully investigate and litigate. Fortunately, our firm’s ...
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  • $12.75Million Settlement Won for Worker Who Suffered Serious Harm
    Sometimes accidents keep people from working. When that happens, they need more than medical care—they need financial security. Arnold & Itkin represented a worker who was seriously injured in an ...
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  • $12.6Million Settlement Reached for Injured Plant Worker
    Arnold & Itkin won a massive settlement for an industrial worker who lost both of his legs in a workplace accident. The company, after months of delays and appeals, finally settled with our ...
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  • $12.5Million Settlement Negotiated for Family of Man Killed by Fallen Power Line
    Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a large settlement for the family of a man who was electrocuted by a downed power line. The accident occurred because the electrical company failed to inspect its own ...
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  • $12.5Million Settlement Obtained for Those Harmed by Major Oil Spill
    Arnold & Itkin represented individuals who suffered catastrophic economic losses after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We were successful in navigating the complexities of the case and recovered ...
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  • $12Million Injured Worker Received Settlement for Burn Injuries
    Our industrial injury lawyers have recently recovered $12 million on behalf of a plant worker who suffered burns when a safety valve failed at the refinery where he was employed. His settlement will ...
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  • $11.7Million Settlement Won for Plant Worker Injured During Turnaround
    Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin successfully recovered $11.75 million on behalf of a man who was injured while working a turnaround at an industrial plant. He was injured because he and his team ...
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  • $11.6Million Verdict Secured for a Worker Partially Blinded on the Job
    Our client was only offered $300,000 by the defendant for his near-total loss of sight in one eye, but the jury only deliberated for less than 2 days before they found the defendant guilty of ...
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  • $11.5Million Settlement Won for Injured Victim of Offshore Accident
    Arnold & Itkin obtained a settlement of $11.5 million on behalf of an offshore accident victim suffering from both physical and psychological injuries. His settlement will ensure that our client gets ...
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  • $10.9Million Train Accident Victims Won Verdict Against Union Pacific
    Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin won a $10.9 million verdict after a three week trial involving a 5-year-old girl who was paralyzed and a mother who was killed in a crossing accident. The firm ...
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  • $10Million Settlement Won for Family Against Negligent Trucking Company
    Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Ces Tavares represented a family who had lost their father in a tragic 18-wheeler accident. He was driving home when a trucker made a dangerous maneuver and ...
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  • Confidential Defendant Paid Massive Settlement Rather Than Risk Trial
    Arnold & Itkin is proud to have aggressively pursued compensation for our client before the trial even began. Our pretrial preparation resulted in nearly two dozen depositions before the defendant ...
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  • $9Million Record Settlement Reached Days Before Trial
    Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, Tara Arnold, and Adam Lewis represented a client who had been trying to reach a settlement on their own for years. Our firm took on the case and was able to ...
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  • $9Million Settlement Recovered for Oil Field Worker
    After being told by a previous lawyer that he would likely not recover any compensation, an injured oil field worker came to Arnold & Itkin. Attorneys Caj Boatright and Kurt Arnold created such a ...
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  • $9Million Louisiana Landowners Won Settlement Against Oil Company
    Kurt Arnold represented a handful of Louisiana landowners who brought suit against big oil companies to clean up their property, winning a $9 million settlement. Each plaintiff’s family had owned ...
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  • $9Million Victim of Texas Plant Fire Received a Multi-Million Dollar Settlement
    Arnold & Itkin represented a Louisiana man who suffered severe burn injuries after he fell through an open hole at a Texas plant. His employers knew about the danger but did nothing to protect their ...
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  • $8.9Million Settlement Achieved for Severely Injured Seaman
    Arnold & Itkin helped secure a settlement on behalf of a seaman who injured his head when working aboard an offshore drilling vessel. Our firm helped to recover $8.9 million on his behalf.
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