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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 $1 billion in verdicts and settlements in a single year multiple times and holds many records across the country for record-breaking verdicts and settlements. 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 more than a dozen jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $100 million, over 100 jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, more than 1,000 recoveries exceeding $1 million, and multiple nationwide product recalls. 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 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, $81 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 worksite in United States history.
  • Largest settlement for a wrongful death case 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 settlement for a worker injured in Texas oilfield.
  • Largest jury verdict for a single amputee in the United States.
  • Largest jury verdicts in multiple states throughout the country.

Kurt’s record-setting jury verdicts have earned him inclusion in some of the most distinguished organizations in the country. 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. Kurt was also 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® has 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. His work in these maritime accidents resulted in the highest settlements in the country.

Kurt 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 30 depositions, the company agreed to pay $357.7 million. 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, the defendants gave in and paid Kurt’s clients settlements that were more than ten times higher than the 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 has recovered billions of dollars in settlements on behalf of his clients. Similarly, he has recovered hundreds of verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million for his clients against trucking companies 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, thousands of lawyers from around the world have asked Kurt to try their cases.

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. Kurt largely attributes this to the personal approach he takes to each case. No client is just a number. Kurt knows his clients’ families, knows their stories, and knows their hardships. He cannot take “no” for an answer because it is personal to him.

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.

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Kurt Arnold

“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.”
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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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Kurt's Case Results

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  • Record-Setting $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history
    Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury ...
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  • $205 Million 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-Settings $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident
    Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
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  • Record-Setting $117 Million 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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  • $116 Million 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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  • $114 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion
    Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a ...
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  • Record-Setting $110 Million 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 $105 Million 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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  • $97 Million 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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  • Record-Setting $92.7 Million Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim
    Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a substantial settlement for a man who suffered severe burns in an accident at his job. The settlement set a new record statewide for workers with similar injuries.
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  • $87 Million 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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  • Record-Setting $81 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Wrongful Death Case
    Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a record settlement of $81,000,000 in a wrongful death case on behalf of two adult children who lost their mother in an incident.
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  • $78 Million Massive Settlement for Severely Injured Client
    Our firm helped reach a $78 million settlement for a severely injured client.
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  • $75 Million 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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  • $74 Million Settlement Won for Widow of Dredge Worker
    Offshore lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP won an eight-figure settlement for a woman who lost her husband in a pipeline explosion. By pushing the case toward trial, our firm pressured the defendant into ...
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  • Record Victory $72 Million 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 $51 Million Settlement Reached for Plant Workers Injured in Explosion
    Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a $51,000,000 settlement for contract workers injured in a plant explosion after taking more than 40 depositions.
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  • $46.5 Million Massive Settlement Reached on Behalf of Injured Workers
    Our attorneys reached a massive $46.5 million settlement on behalf of workers catastrophically injured following a serious workplace incident.
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  • $44.6 Million Record-Setting Settlement Secured for 3 Refinery Workers
    Arnold & Itkin secured an eight-figure settlement for a group of Gulf Coast refinery workers who were severely or fatally injured. Rather than do right by our clients and their families, the refinery ...
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  • Record-Setting $44 Million 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 $41 Million 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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  • $40 Million Settlement Obtained for Injured Dredge Worker
    Arnold & Itkin LLP secured tens of millions for an injured offshore worker who was hurt in a pipeline explosion. Our relentless advocacy compelled the defendant to settle with our client to take care ...
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  • $36.5 Million Settlement Secured for Injured Oilfield Worker
    Arnold & Itkin achieved a huge settlement of $36.5 million for an injured oilfield worker after more than two years of litigation.
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  • $35.5 Million Settlement Reached for Family Injured in Truck Accident
    Arnold & Itkin’s truck accident lawyers fought for justice on behalf of a family injured by a reckless truck driver, securing a massive $35.5 million settlement.
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  • Record-Setting $29 Million 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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  • $28.5 Million Hard-Won Case Settled for Significant Amount
    Arnold & Itkin fought on behalf of our clients to achieve a significant $28.5 million settlement after more than 50 depositions.
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  • $28 Million Massive Confidential Settlement Obtained
    Arnold & Itkin is thrilled to announce that we have secured a massive settlement for our clients.
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  • $26 Million Settlement Takes Care of Client for Life
    Arnold & Itkin LLP represented an individual involved in an explosion who suffered orthopedic injuries as well as post traumatic stress disorder as a result.
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  • $22.9 Million Fighting For a Worker Burned in a Plant Incident
    Arnold & Itkin LLP settled a case for $22,900,000 on behalf of a worker who sustained second degree burns in a plant incident.
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  • $23 Million Settlement Reached for Louisiana Worker Injured in Plant Explosion
    Arnold & Itkin LLP recovered approximately $21,900,000 for a Louisiana man injured on the job when the plant exploded.
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  • $18.75 Million 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 $18.5 Million 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 $15.5 Million 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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  • $14 Million 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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  • $13.8 Million Record-Setting Settlement Reached After 16 Months
    Arnold & Itkin worked quickly to make sure our client received the compensation he needed after suffering from the negligence of the company he worked for.
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  • $13.8 Million Settlement for Contractor with Neck & Back Injuries
    When our client suffered from neck and back injuries as he tried to escape a plant fire, he turned to Arnold & Itkin for help. We obtained a record-setting settlement to help him receive the financial ...
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