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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 the past 12 months alone. 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, $44 million for the largest single amputee verdict nationwide, and $29 million for the largest settlement for an offshore death case in U.S. history. Kurt has recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients including more than one billion in recoveries in the past twelve months alone.

Kurt cares deeply about his clients and will not 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 their claims. Kurt turns “no” into victories for his clients every day. His dedication to justice has resulted in record-setting eight and nine-figure jury verdicts, dozens of jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, hundreds of 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 him 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 has obtained nationwide record settlements for his maritime and oil rig clients and is the go-to source for high-profile news organizations covering offshore and oilfield disasters.

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 work site accidents, plant explosions, industrial disasters and land rig accidents across the nation, securing numerous eight-figure verdicts and settlements 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’ earlier settlement offers before trial.

Kurt consistently represents homeowners and businesses against insurance companies that wrongfully deny or underpay insurance claims. Insurance companies often wrongfully deny and underpay claims because they know statistically most families and businesses will eventually give up. Kurt has been fortunate to help many families and businesses recover their losses in the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Harvey after the insurance companies wrongfully denied their claims.

He 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. They are members of St. Paul’s Methodist Church and are involved in various organizations.

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
  • “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
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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
    Play Video Veronica Sowell Workplace Explosion Victim
  • “They were just so understanding and they got it. They got that we lost our child, they got that no one else probably loved our child like we loved our child, and they understood that. They said ‘We’re going to look at this and do everything we can to try to get your family some kind of justice.’” - Larry Cooper
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  • “They never denied a phone call. They never denied a meeting with us—even if we came in and we weren’t scheduled to meet with them. They took the time to be with us where other people didn’t.” - Maribel Castillo & Priscelda Ruiz
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  • “They genuinely care. Their goal is to get what is due to their clients, to provide that better quality of life that is due to them, and to get them back to where they were before the accident happened.” - Donovan Calvin
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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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  • $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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  • $8Million Massive Settlement Reached Before Trial Began
    Our firm represented an offshore worker (a steward) who seriously injured his back in an accident. The injury prevented him from making a living. While other lawyers told him his case was only worth a ...
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