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Roland Christensen


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Roland Christensen is a trial lawyer passionate about helping injured individuals and families. He aggressively represents plaintiffs in courts across the Gulf Coast and throughout the U.S. His practice focuses on matters involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death.

“At Arnold & Itkin, we go the distance. Lawsuits are hard and many defendants don’t want to take accountability, especially when the facts of the case are tragic. When other attorneys may give up, we work even harder and fight for clients to obtain the best possible results.”



Over his career as a trial lawyer, Roland has obtained success at a young age that many attorneys only hope to achieve over an entire legal career. During his time at Arnold & Itkin, Roland has been the driving force on some of the largest and most complex cases that the firm has taken on. Roland has tried numerous cases to verdict and obtained record-setting settlements both inside and outside of Texas, changing the lives of his clients in all types of situations.

Roland specializes in working on the most difficult and complex cases – often cases that other firms turn down because of the expense and complexity in winning. Roland’s tireless work ethic and meticulous attention to detail have resulted in massive results for his clients. Roland’s practice is unique in that he has heavy involvement in the firm’s highly successful mass tort practice both in running large dockets of complex cases and also taking pharmaceutical cases to trial. In October 2019, Roland and Jason Itkin were part of the trial team that won an unprecedented $8 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson after a lengthy trial. This was the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained for an individual plaintiff in the United States, and it is the largest single-plaintiff jury verdict ever won in Pennsylvania.

Roland also plays a significant role in the firm’s single-event cases. In his time at Arnold & Itkin, Roland has been directly involved in the litigation and ultimate resolution of over $400 million of settlements for his clients. Notably, many of those settlements were for more than $10 million for individual plaintiffs. Roland has obtained over 75 million-dollar settlements or verdicts in his career.

Beyond his work on cases, Roland plays a significant role in management and training at the firm. Roland has helped Arnold & Itkin develop cutting-edge practices using the newest technology available for lawyers to help Arnold & Itkin maximize results. Roland is dedicated to continuing to help Arnold & Itkin stay at the very forefront of legal practice in all aspects.

No matter what area of the firm or what type of case Roland is working on, his attitude is the same. He refuses to show up unprepared and refuses to rest until the job is done. Clients across the United States have trusted Roland to defend their interests – and Roland does not let them down.

While Roland’s career at Arnold & Itkin has been extremely successful, his personal success began before joining Arnold & Itkin. Roland graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University magna cum laude in the top 20 students of his graduating class. Prior to joining Arnold & Itkin Roland Spent time working for some of the largest firms in Houston and also interning for the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal.

Roland lives in Houston, Texas but practices all over the United States. Roland is licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana, and California. Roland was born in Bloomington, Indiana and grew up living all around the country and internationally. While not at work Roland enjoys spending time with his wife and children and volunteering at his local church.

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 Roland's Victories

  • $193 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 nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $125 Million Settlement Won for Widow of Dredge Worker Offshore lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP won a nine-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 settling with our client, allowing her to rebuild ...
  • $78 Million Massive Settlement for Severely Injured Client Our firm helped reach a $78 million settlement for a severely injured client.
  • $77.5 Million Settlement Reached for Houston Man Injured in a Forklift Incident Our legal team won a $77.5 million settlement for a Houston family man paralyzed in a workplace incident.
  • $68 Million Settlement Obtained for Injured Dredge Worker Arnold & Itkin LLP secured $68 million 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 of him for the rest of his life.
  • $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 put its money toward a legal team to get them off ...
  • $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.
  • $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.
  • $25.8 Million Settlement Reached for Maritime Workers Injured in a Barge Explosion Our firm obtained a $25.8 million settlement for several barge workers and their families following an explosion off the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • $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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