At Arnold & Itkin, we are known nationally for trying cases. Whether it’s the energy industry, or it’s pharmaceuticals, trucking companies, they know that we will try a case anywhere, anytime. And that’s really important for our clients. Why is that important?
Because if your firm and your lawyer are consistently down at the courthouse winning, it ensures that the other side is either going to be scared and pay the appropriate amount of money or—if for whatever reason the case goes to trial—[it ensures] that you’re going to be best represented.
I cannot tell you how many firms and lawyers in this country do not try cases. And if they do not try cases, the insurance company or the company is not going to be scared—no matter the facts! If they can’t deliver at the courthouse, why should the company ever do the right thing? They don’t do the right thing because they should—they only do the right thing when you make them.
The only way to make a company do the right thing is to scare them. If you don’t want to pay, that’s fine, that’s your choice. We’ll go down to the courthouse, we’ll let a jury decide, and we’ll see who’s right or wrong. We’ve had cases where people have offered us $10,000 to settle, and we’ve ended up with verdicts of $5 million or $10 million. Lowball settlements don’t intimidate us—they motivate us.
At our firm, verdicts matter. Results matter.