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."
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 $92.7 million, $87 million, $78 million, and $72 million. Additionally, Kurt has set records in Texas and Louisiana for workplace accident settlements of $357.7 million and $171 million.
He has shattered records across the country with his results:
- Largest settlement for an individual burned at a 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 the United States.
- Largest settlement for a 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 the largest settlement in Texas history for a workplace accident. After taking nearly thirty depositions, the company agreed to pay $357.7million. Similarly, 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 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 and daughter Isla. They are members of St. Paul’s Methodist Church and are founders of the Arnold & Itkin Foundation, which supports numerous charities.