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RunZhi Lai

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Attorney RunZhi Lai fell in love with the law while pursuing a Ph.D. in microbiology at Texas A&M. Through his careers in biotechnology, corporate litigation, and now advocating for the injured, he has always pursued excellence in his work. Today, excellence means fighting for people who have been harmed by negligence.

“I understand how devastating it can be when tragic events occur, and what it takes to rebuild a life from the ground up. I am committed to vigorously advocating for my clients so they can focus on rebuilding their lives.”

Biography

Profile

RunZhi was born in a small town in southern China and left home at 17 to attend college hundreds of miles away in Wuhan. Following college, RunZhi came to Texas to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology at Texas A&M. In pursuing the American dream, RunZhi has always given 100 percent, no matter how difficult the task.

It was in Texas that RunZhi experienced firsthand how complex and impactful the law can be in one’s life, and he was inspired to pursue a legal career. RunZhi attended The University of Michigan Law School, where he received the Clyde A. Dewitt Law Scholarship. While in law school, RunZhi was successful in moot court competitions. He also served as a student attorney in the environmental law clinic, where he gained valuable litigation experience and a passion for fighting for victims. He also worked as a summer associate at one of the largest law firms in Texas.

After obtaining his law degree, RunZhi worked in biotechnology for almost a decade and co-authored several research articles and book chapters. As an attorney, RunZhi worked at a Michigan law firm for two years helping both individuals and corporations protect intangible assets, vigorously defending their rights against infringement.

RunZhi is thrilled to join Arnold & Itkin and bring his experience and dedication to serving clients who have been harmed by the negligence of others.

Outside of work, RunZhi enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping with his wife in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, as well as tinkering with cars and motorcycles. RunZhi is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker

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.”
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Case Results

Check Out Our Victories

  • $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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