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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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  • “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.”
    Donna Deason
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Case Results

Check Out Michael's Victories

  • $4.6 Million Injured Seaman Wins Significant Settlement Arnold & Itkin fought for a seaman who was injured while working offshore, achieving a $4.6 million settlement.
  • $3 Million Settlement Won for Oilfield Worker Injured While Pinning a Derrick Our law firm recovered $3 million for an injured oilfield worker who was pinning a derrick when the rig’s top drive was engaged without warning.
  • $3 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Rigger We recovered $3 million for a rigger who suffered injuries to his knee and back while working on a vessel.
  • $2.75 Million Settlement Reached for Plumber Injured Working on Hotel Our firm represented a plumber who was injured while working on a hotel that was under construction. He received an electrical shock while drilling holes in the floor.
  • $2.3 Million Life-Changing Settlement for Injured Laredo Woman Arnold & Itkin successfully represented a woman who was severely injured in a car accident, securing a $2.3 million settlement on her behalf.
  • $2 Million Settlement Reached for Woman Injured While Loading Van for Amazon Our firm represented a woman who injured her back and neck while loading her van. She was delivering for Amazon, working for a third party at the time of the incident.
  • $1.8 Million Settlement Recovered for Man Injured on Cattle Feedlot Our firm won $1.765 million for a former truck driver injured when an old concrete cattle chute crumbled.
  • $1.75 Million Settlement for Trucker Struck by Forklift Arnold & Itkin won a $1.75 million settlement for a truck driver who was injured by a forklift during a delivery.
  • $1.75 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Truck Driver Our truck accident attorneys fought on behalf of a trucker injured in an accident caused by another truck driver’s dangerous maneuvering.
  • $1.5 Million Settlement Reached for Worker Injured in Truck Accident Arnold & Itkin truck accident lawyer Michael Darling achieved a $1.5 million settlement for a woman who needed neck surgery after an accident involving a semi-truck.

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