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Trent Shelton


Trent Shelton's Headshot
Trent Shelton's Headshot

Trent Shelton joined Arnold & Itkin in 2020 and didn't waste any time getting acclimated to the practice of law. The day after learning of his passing results for the Texas bar, Trent was in the courtroom seeking justice for clients who had been seriously injured due to the actions of others. Just 3 days into that first trial, Defendants decided to settle the case for policy limits of $1 million. Within months, Trent had tried three cases to a jury. 

"Once you hire Arnold & Itkin, your case becomes personal to us. We will NOT be outworked, outthought, or out prepared."



Growing up in a family of lawyers, Trent witnessed the impact they can have on the lives of others at an early age. He knows he is working for people that have nowhere else to turn, and he knows clients need to rebuild their lives after a devastating event. He never takes representing them lightly.

Trent grew up in the small East Texas town of Hughes Springs. He attended Oral Roberts University, where he studied business and played baseball—a sport he credits with teaching him many important life lessons. His time as an athlete found him appearing in two NCAA Division I regional tournaments.

After earning his undergraduate degree with honors from Oral Roberts University, Trent attended Baylor Law School. Here, he graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 8 percent of his class. While studying law, Trent competed on Baylor’s national moot court team. He also served as an associate editor of the Baylor Law Review. His academic accomplishments include receiving the top grade in Texas Administrative Law and Practice Court III, one of the three courses in Baylor’s rigorous Practice Court program.

Trent’s practice focuses primarily on catastrophic personal injury, maritime and offshore cases, commercial vehicle cases, premises liability, and wrongful death. His mission is to be the strong advocate that clients need when they feel like recovery is impossible. At Arnold & Itkin, he’s proud to have this opportunity each day.

Trent’s practice is not limited to Texas. He appears in state and federal courtrooms all over the country for his clients. While he has taken and defended hundreds of depositions and argued numerous summary judgment motions, he is not afraid to take a case to a jury when defendants refuse to do the right thing. He first appeared in court the day after becoming a licensed attorney, helping to secure a policy limits settlement of $1 million just 3 days into trial.

When Trent is not working, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé Tanner, being outdoors, and following anything that has to do with the Texas Longhorns.

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.’”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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 Trent's Victories

  • $9.5 Million Settlement Recovered for an Injured Oilfield Worker Our firm recovered $9.5 million on behalf of an oilfield worker who was struck in the head after a pipe blew off a compressor unit. We took 35 depositions before the defendants chose to settle.
  • $2 Million Settlement for Senior Toolpusher Injured Offshore Arnold & Itkin is proud to have secured a life-changing settlement for a senior toolpusher who was severely injured while using a hands-free device that had not been properly tested or implemented through adequate training.
  • $2 Million Settlement Reached for Oil Worker Injured Using Hands-Free Device We reached a $2 million settlement for a senior toolpusher who injured his back while working offshore.
  • $1.45 Million Settlement Reached for Worker Crushed Against Roller Machine Our attorneys recovered $1.45 million on behalf of a worker crushed against a roller machine. The case was settled two weeks before arbitration was set to begin.
  • $1.25 Million Settlement Obtained for Injured Railroad Worker Our firm represented a railroad worker who was catastrophically injured when another employee collided with the vehicle that he was in. We successfully reached a $1.25 million settlement two weeks before trial.
  • $1.1 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Drill Ship Worker Our attorneys recovered $1.1 million on behalf of a man working as a Chief Electronics Officer on a drill ship.

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