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. Michael cares deeply about each of his clients and their cases. He goes the distance as a trial lawyer to ensure that every client has the best opportunity to win vindication through the sacred right to a trial by jury.
Michael 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 BA 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.
Motivated by his deep belief that the jury system is vitally important, as the only place in society where average citizens get a real say in how to address harms caused by large companies, Michael then obtained 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. He also interned for the Honorable Marina Garcia Marmolejo of the United States 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, Michael 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 US and EU 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 listen and hopefully 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 fighting tirelessly to help 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.