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Michael Darling


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Michael Darling went to law school so that he could help people who were hurt by companies that metaphorically (and sometimes literally) poison the water we all drink for the sake of profits. As a result, he takes every case personally, fighting hard for his clients on every front. He goes the distance as a trial lawyer to ensure every client can get what they need through the sacred right to a trial by jury.

“Individuals left in the wake of corporate wrongdoing are often treated like ‘necessary casualties’—bodies lining the road to some claimed economic benefit that supposedly flows from letting big companies off the hook. That benefit is a myth. At Arnold & Itkin, we represent the interests of people harmed by corporations as intensely and passionately as we can, because it’s the right thing to do.



Michael Darling is an attorney who goes all in for his clients, no matter how tough the fight or how big the defendant. He was born and raised in south and central Texas. His father is a trial lawyer, which meant growing up participating in dramatic debates staged each evening around the dinner table. With that foundation, he pursued his B.A. in English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude (highest possible academic honors). He was the top drummer in the school’s premier jazz band.

From the beginning, Michael was motivated by his profound belief that the jury system is vitally important. It is the only place in society where average citizens get a real say in addressing harms caused by large companies. Driven by that belief, Michael went on to obtain his law degree with honors (top of the class) from the University of Texas School of Law. While at UT Law, Michael competed on two traveling mock trial teams and was inducted into the Order of Barristers based on his extensive trial-advocacy work.

During that time, Michael interned for the Honorable Marina Garcia Marmolejo of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and served on two journals: the Texas International Law Journal, as the Director of Development, and The Review of Litigation, as an Articles Editor. Additionally, he worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Jane Cohen. In that capacity, he analyzed litigation over PFAS water contamination and the regulatory distinctions between the U.S. and E.U. concerning chemicals. He published three Notes, including one in the Texas Law Review.

Michael began his career with a global corporate law firm representing Fortune 500 companies in complex commercial trial work. That experience gave him valuable insight into how large corporations view litigation and the levers they pull in attempts to stack the deck in their favor. He learned that regularly taking on big companies in the courtroom is the only way to get these behemoth corporations to change their ways.

Michael was thrilled when he earned the opportunity to do just that by joining the nation’s top plaintiffs’ personal injury trial law firm, Arnold & Itkin. Michael is proud to be part of a team of top-flight trial lawyers who never stop fighting to repair the lives of injured individuals.

When he’s not working on cases or studying up on corporate wrongdoing in the media, Michael is probably listening to records, practicing yoga, hiking, or watching a nature documentary.

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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  • “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.”
    Donna Deason
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Case Results

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $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 settlement in the state’s history.
  • $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.
  • $171 Million 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 of $171 million.
  • $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 plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $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.
  • $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 conduct of others.
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $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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