Jason Itkin is one of the nation’s leading injury lawyers because he thrives under pressure. Listen to him describe the most rewarding part of being an advocate for regular people against big companies.
Companies that take advantage of people, companies that bully people, it bothers me to the core.
My name's Jason Itkin. I went to the University of Texas for undergraduate, for college. I went to the University of Texas for law school. I graduated with all sorts of honors and awards. And when Kurt and I left our prior firm to start Arnold and Itkin, we knew what we want to do is that we wanted to help people.
We wanted to do something to make a difference.
What we've built is a law firm where we work on cases that really matter.
What we do and the results in our cases, they matter.
They don't just matter to us because we're competitive and we want to win and we're wired that way. They matter because what we do affects real families. When you look at our track record over the last 5 years, over the last 10 years, no firm in the country can match our results. The reason is our dedication and commitment.
When we take on a case, it becomes more than just a case or a file on the desk.
Our clients become more like a family member.
It's something that we are passionate about, making sure that if we're going to be your lawyer, that you know us, we know you, and we have that relationship. Because once I have that, then I know that it's more than just about winning a case. It's more than about beating the other side.
I know that it's personal to my clients, and so then it becomes personal to me.
Both Kurt and I, you know, we have family members from before we were lawyers who have had bad results in lawsuits. One of my regrets in life is that I wasn't able to be a lawyer to represent those people who ended up getting the short end of the stick in a lawsuit.
Being a trial lawyer is the only profession where you have the ability to take a mega corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation, and make them change their ways.
Politicians can't do it.
Doctors can't do it.
Accountants can't do it.
It's only in a court of law in front of a judge and a jury where you can take some giant company that bullies people, that mistreats people, that hurts people on purpose just to make money—to make them responsible and accountable to people.
When I figured that out, I knew I had to be a trial lawyer because it was the only way that I knew that I could help people who'd been taken advantage of, who'd been hurt, who'd lost loved ones because of the way these companies act.
So when people talk about what's your job—to me, it's not as much of a job as it is almost, it's a calling. It's part of who I am.
So being a trial lawyer, it's not like I have to go to work every day. It is what I get to do every day. It's a privilege to me. It's an honor to me being able to represent the families. The trust they put in me to make it right.
I couldn't do anything else.