Arnold & Itkin LLP
Representing Injured Clients as Individuals
Arnold & Itkin is focused on protecting those who have been wrongfully injured or killed by the negligence of others. Our firm has won more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We have won all types of cases all over the country. If you work with our firm, you will have top notch trial lawyers representing you.
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Since being founded in 2004, Arnold & Itkin, LLP has been dedicated to helping personal injury victims nationwide who are looking for high-quality legal representation.Founded by Attorneys Jason Itkin and Kurt Arnold, our legal team at Arnold & Itkin, LLP is known for our passionate and empathetic approach to personal injury law. We are a firm that focuses on serious injuries that need serious representation. From handling complex maritime cases to helping represent the victims of commercial truck accidents, we have shown throughout the years that we can be trusted. In fact, through our hard work and dedication, we have been successful in recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. Over the last ten years, our firm has won over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
This is done through tenacious negotiations out of the courtroom, as well as a never-say-never attitude while in it. Our legal team truly prides itself on being trial lawyers, not just paper pushers. Since being founded in 2004, our lawyers have tried more cases in a courtroom than most attorneys can boast of in their entire legal career. This is because Arnold & Itkin, LLP is not afraid to take a case to trial. Whereas other firms will do everything they can to avoid it, we will prepare each case as if that is exactly where it is heading.
In truth, our case results speak for themselves; to see for yourself, all you need to do is visit them online and read through our recent victories! Passionate about justice and unyielding when it comes to protecting the rights of our clients, our personal injury lawyers from Arnold & Itkin, LLP have shown time and time again that we are more than just the average attorney, we are advocates. If you are interested in learning more about the trial lawyers from our firm, give us a call today for your free, confidential consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you in the pursuit of justice.
How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?
At Arnold & Itkin, LLP, helping clients with personal injury law has always been a passion of ours. "Ever since I was young, I never liked bullies. I never liked the idea of injustice," said Attorney Jason Itkin. "And as I got older and was trying to figure out a way that I could fight bullies or fight injustice, the law seemed like a perfect fit for me." It is this deep belief in justice that led the lawyers at Arnold & Itkin, LLP to pursue personal injury law. We believe it is the best avenue for us to help people, by providing serious representation for those who have suffered serious injuries. Through our work, we're proud to help clients in the pursuit of maximum monetary compensation.
What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others
Our firm is proud of the experience we have to offer our clients. Both of our founding partners, Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin, met while working at Susman Godfrey LLP, which is widely considered to be one of the top trial firms within the entire nation. While there, they both gained considerable trial experience and were able to broaden their scope of understanding regarding the legal system.
Beyond that, both attorneys have worked hard to win over one billion dollars in settlements and verdicts in personal injury cases. This has led to numerous awards and accolades, such as being selected as Super Lawyers, being honored by Houston Business Journal's "40 Under 40" program, being selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers Rising Star list, and also being named by H Texas Magazine as one of the "Top Lawyers for the People", and even being invited into the Inner Circle of Advocates - an invite only group limited to the top 100 trial lawyers in the country.
They have also been honored to help clients pursue justice after suffering from catastrophic injuries caused by the actions of a third party. For example, they represented 27 different crew members who were injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. By having hands-on experience with catastrophic accidents such as this, they are able to better understand what their clients are going through and are able to utilize their experience to help maximize recovery with more efficiency.
What distinguishes your law firm from others?
At our firm, we strongly believe that our most distinguishing quality is our compassion for our clients. Many individuals who work with our firm are amazed at the level of service and personal attention that we give them. From coming to visit them at their home, texting, emailing, or answering phone calls, we always go above and beyond to ensure that our clients are kept in the loop and are updated as their case proceeds. We are simply not the type of firm to take on a case, put it on the backburner, and ignore it for large periods of time.
Instead, we maintain constant, open interaction with our clients. We attribute this simply to how much we care. We look to develop long-term, honest relationships with the individuals we work with, and are proud of the fact that we are often able to call our clients our friends. We view personal injury law as just that: personal. Therefore, we fight hard to help our clients and do everything that we reasonably can to help them pursue just financial compensation so that they can get their life back on track.
Attorney Jason Itkin is well-known throughout Texas and the entire nation for his caring, aggressive approach to personal injury law. Jason first attended the University of Texas, where he earned his B.A. with Special Honors in the Plan II Honors Program; following graduation, he earned his law degree at the University of Texas School of Law. While there, he earned several recognitions. For example, he received the Dean's Achievement Award in Professional Responsibility and was elected President of the Silver Spurs.
After graduation, Jason went on to become licensed to practice in Texas, Pennsylvania, as well as before the Second and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a familiar face in courts across the United States and has been seen everywhere from Texas to Washington D.C. to Hawaii. His work has allowed for him to recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of the injured and surviving family members. In fact, potential clients would find it difficult to find a lawyer attorney who has won more.
This success has led to numerous awards and accolades. He has been named as a Super Lawyer and became the youngest member of the Inner Circle of Advocates - an invitation only group consisting of the top 100 trial lawyers in the country. The Houston Business Journal honored him for his work by including him in the "40 Under 40" awards program, which honors leaders within the Houston community who under 40 years of age. He has also been acknowledged by H Texas Magazine which has listed him in their "Top Lawyers for the People," as well as Texas Monthly magazine which included him in their "Rising Star" list.
Nationwide, Jason is recognized as a reputable source of knowledge for personal and offshore injury law. For example, when the Deepwater Horizon tragedy happened in 2010, several media outlets sought him out for commentary - including CNN, National Public Radio, The Houston Chronicle, and the ABC Houston affiliate. More than this though, Jason prides himself on being a compassionate advocate for his clients. His favorite part of behind an attorney is creating long-term relationships with clients - to the point that they no longer feel like a client, and more like family or a friend. When that happens, he knows that he cannot let them down.
- Bar Number: 24032461
Texas , 2001
- Bar Number: 24032461
- University of Texas School of Law
JD , 2001
- University of Texas
Bachelor of Arts
Special Honors in the Plan II Honors Program
- University of Texas School of Law
As a long-time resident of Houston, Texas, Attorney Kurt Arnold is proud to serve and help the local community. At the young age of 19, he graduated from the University of Texas with High Honors and his Bachelor of Arts in Government. Within three years, he had earned his law degree from the University of Texas Law School, where he graduated with Honors and within the top ten percent of his class. During his time there, he was able to gain considerable experience and set the foundation for his entire legal career; for example, he worked for the Governor of Texas and interned for the Texas Supreme Court.
Following graduation, Kurt worked as a law clerk, and then worked as Susman Godfrey LLP, which is one of the nation's most respected trial law firms. It was there that he met his future legal partner, Attorney Jason Itkin and, together, they founded Arnold & Itkin, LLP in 2004. Since then, they have become a legal powerhouse and have recovered over $1 billion dollars on behalf of their clients; in fact, the firm has recovered over $700 million in the last five years alone. Kurt himself has recovered more than ten seven, eight and nine figure verdicts across several states - even setting statewide records in two.
This high-level of service has earned him considerable recognition. At the age of 34, Kurt became one of the youngest Texas attorneys to ever be named to the Texas Super Lawyers list. Houston Business Journal has honored his leadership and drive by naming him into their "40 Under 40" awards program. Similarly, the Texas Lawyer Publication has consistently named him as a "Rising Star," and H Texas Magazine has named him one of the "Top Lawyers for the People" on multiple different occasions. Kurt continues to help represent the injured, both in personal and offshore injury cases, and works tirelessly to see that justice is demanded on their behalf. When he is not practicing law, he is an active member of St. Paul's Methodist Church and supports several different charities.
- Bar Number: 24036150
Texas , 2002
- Bar Number: 24036150
- University of Texas Law School
JD , 2002
Graduated with Honors; Member of the Order of the Coif
- University of Texas
Bachelor of Arts
- University of Texas Law School
Cory Itkin is one of the most aggressive and prepared trial lawyers throughout the country with experience ranging in maritime accidents, trucking accidents, plant explosions, and other high-stakes personal injury cases. Cory has won verdicts and settlements for his clients in more than two dozen states. He has also obtained favorable results in high profile litigation such as his clients who lost loved ones or were injured in the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Some of Cory's best work has been on the cases that presented the biggest challenges. Cory has won jury verdicts in excess of $1 million in at least five cases where the defendant had made no offer to settle the case at the time of trial and has obtained several seven and eight figure settlements on the eve of trial. He has won record-setting verdicts in highly disputed liability cases and won the largest Texas verdict in a helicopter accident case in recent years.
Cory's success is not limited to Texas. He has obtained many settlements and verdicts in excess of a million dollars all over the country. Cory has won verdicts or settlements in more than 50 cases for more than a million dollars. Cory's approach of aggressively preparing his cases for trial ensures the best results for his clients.
Cory attended college at the University of Texas and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Houston, graduating cum laude in the top 10% of his class. In law school, he earned numerous distinctions and honors, including induction to the Order of the Barons. For his work, Cory has been recognized as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in Texas by the American Trial Lawyers Association and selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition numerous times.
A native Houstonian, Noah Wexler attended the University of Texas where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He went on to earn his law degree, graduating cum laude from the South Texas College of Law. While in law school, Noah served as an assistant editor for the South Texas Law Review and South Texas Corporate Counsel Review and received numerous accolades for his work. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Noah gained valuable experience while working as the judicial clerk to Judge of the 11th Judicial District Court of Harris County.
Noah is licensed to practice law in Texas, Louisiana and in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
In the spring of 2010, Noah joined Arnold & Itkin LLP and has continued his effective and successful representation of victims of catastrophic personal injury, defective products, and offshore injuries. He was selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2013 and 2014. He has also been recognized in the "Top 40 Under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Since joining the team at Arnold & Itkin, Noah has shown a level of diligence, efficiency, and an intricate understanding of complex civil litigation that has helped his clients achieve excellent results. His practice focuses on maritime, admiralty, Jones Act, and offshore injury claims, in addition to commercial, pharmaceutical, medical device, and catastrophic injury litigation. In his young career, he has already litigated hundreds of individual cases from inception to resolution - including multiple trial verdicts and hundreds of successful recoveries for his clients. His reputation in the courtroom and at the negotiating table speaks for itself.
Noah oversees several complex mass tort dockets, including Deepwater Horizon explosion economic loss cases, product liability and failure to warn claims relating to Gadolinium MRI contrast dye, Trasylol claims, Zoloft birth defects claims, Accutane claims, and transvaginal mesh cases.
He is an active member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and Texas Young Lawyers Association. In his spare time, Noah volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees (PAIR), and Professionals United to Lead St. Luke's Health System (PULSE).
Caj Boatright grew up in the small west Texas town of Sweetwater. After graduating high school, he attended college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where he double majored in History and Political Science and graduated cum laude with Honors. While at Southwestern University, Caj earned multiple academic awards, was appointed to key positions in student leadership organizations and played on the varsity Golf Team. After earning his Bachelor's degrees, Caj attended the University of Texas Law School, where he befriended Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin.
Upon earning his law degree, Caj joined Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - the largest law firm in Fort Worth. While at Kelly Hart, CAj gained valuable experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in all types of litigation, spanning from complex commercial disputes to catastrophic personal injuries. He also worked on several significant appellate matters, which ultimately led him to accept a federal clerkship with the Honorable Reynaldo Garza, a Justice for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Two years after Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin founded Arnold & Itkin, they recruited Caj to become the first attorney to join the duo at the firm. At the time, the firm had fewer than 10 employees, but it was already beginning to earn a reputation for winning big verdicts and settlements for its clients. Over the next two years, Caj won large cases for his clients in state and federal courts throughout the country. In December 2007, he tried a case with Kurt Arnold and Mike Pierce, obtaining a 7-figure verdict for a young woman severely injured by piece of oil field equipment that fell off of a truck. In early 2008, Caj obtained another 7-figure verdict in federal court in New Orleans for a boat captain who nearly drowned as a result of his company's negligence. In addition to trial verdicts, Caj secured many favorable settlements for other clients based on Arnold & Itkin LLP's unique method for working up its cases.
In 2008, Caj took the opportunity to work as an in-house lawyer at ExxonMobil. For the next 5 years, Caj handled high-stakes upstream cases for ExxonMobil in Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and other states. He frequently oversaw cases involving hundreds of millions, and even billions, of dollars in potential exposure.
In March 2013, Caj returned to Arnold & Itkin determined to use his broad range of trial and appellate experience to help victims whether wronged in a business transaction or injured by the negligence of others get their day in court. He has since received much recognition from his peers, being named a "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly Magazine and a "Top Professional on the Fast Track" by H Texas Magazine.
Caj and his wife Jodi are active members at Kingwood United Methodist Church, where Caj teaches an adult Sunday School class. Jodi is on staff with Young Life, a high-school ministry with a presence throughout the United States and in various countries around the world. Caj spends most of his spare time in the outdoors and carting his three children from one sporting event to the next.
Kyle Findley focuses his practice on representing plaintiffs in business, offshore, land contamination, and serious personal injury cases. He also played a key role in helping Gulf Coast residents recover from the devastating effects of Deepwater Horizon disaster and BP oil spill.
Kyle grew up in Tyler, TX as a sixth generation Texan. He attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in government with business foundations, achieving university honors during his tenure.
Prior to law school, Kyle worked for a national commercial real estate firm where he specialized in investment sales, representing institutions and high net worth individuals. While at the firm, he honed his exceptional negotiation skills and was credited with closing one of the largest transactions within his company.
Although he achieved immediate success in the real estate industry, it did not offer him the personal fulfillment he desired. Kyle wanted a career that would allow him help ordinary citizens - not just large corporations - so he followed in his father's footsteps and became a lawyer.
Kyle's success in the real estate industry followed him to law school, where he was a finalist in several mock trial tournaments, moot court competitions. and arbitration competitions. While attending law school, he also worked as a law clerk at Arnold & Itkin. Upon earning his law degree, he continued on with the firm as an attorney.
Kyle has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a "Top 40 Under 40" lawyer.
Kyle is also an active member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the Houston Bar Association.
In the spring of 2012, Victoria joined Arnold & Itkin to pursue her lifelong commitment of helping others. Victoria is responsible for assisting with a broad variety of the firm's dockets. She is dedicated to helping mothers across the nation whose children were hurt by dangerous pharmaceuticals. While she spends a significant amount of her time working on the firm's pharmaceutical docket, she also plays key roles in various personal injury cases and working on behalf of victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and BP oil spill.
While in high school, Victoria got her first taste of public service interning for the Texas State Senate. Those experiences led her to Baylor University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In the process, she served during the 81 st Texas Legislative Session as a prestigious Bob Bullock Scholar, and earned the Mayborn Scholarship to intern in Washington D.C.
Prior to attending law school, Victoria worked in a Texas State Senator's office. Eventually she moved back to Washington D.C. to serve on the staff of a Texas Congressman.
After a brief stint in the political arena, Victoria decided to move back to texas to attend law school at South Texas College of Law, where she received several awards and accolades. Those accomplishments aside, she also had the privilege of serving as judicial clerk to Harris County's 234 th District Court before ultimately becoming a law clerk for Arnold & Itkin LLP. Upon graduating from law school, she continued on with the firm as an attorney. In recognition of her work with Arnold & Itkin, she has been named one of the "Top 40 under 40" by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Victoria represents clients not only with vigor, but also with grace; always mindful of each client's needs.
Santana McMurrey joined Arnold & Itkin LLP as an attorney in 2014. Her practice primarily focuses on pharmaceutical products liability, specializing in helping families with children who were injured by prescription drugs.
Santana was raised in Freeport, Texas - 60 miles south of Houston. After graduating from Brazosport High School, she attended the University of Texas in Austin.
Santana earned her Bachelor's degree and began working at a law firm in Houston. It was not long before Santana knew she had found her calling and decided to go to law school.
Santana continued working as a law clerk while she attended South Texas College of Law. While in law school, she received a Dean's Merit Scholarship and was consistently on the dean's List. Her experiences as a law clerk helped her establish her focus on products and premises liability throughout her ongoing education. She continued to excel at law school while developing her skill set working on cases in jurisdictions across the United States. Coupling this experience with the influence of the culture at Arnold & Itkin, Santana has found her niche as she continues her legal career helping families across the United States.
Santana and her husband Marshall live with their dogs, Clark "Kent" and Neil, in Houston, Texas.
Growing up in a small town in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, Tara's passion for the law began at an early age. Inspired by her experience working at a local personal injury law firm and by her mother's advocacy on behalf of crime victims, she knew that she wanted to be a lawyer.
Tara has always had an unrelenting dedication to success. She was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated summa cum laude at the top of her college class. Tara went on to attend Tulane Law School where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif (top 10% of her class). At Tulane, Tara competed on Tulane's national moot court appellate team and spent her third year in law school as a practicing student attorney in the prestigious Tulane Civil Law Clinic.
After graduating from law school, Tara joined the Houston office of a prominent New York law firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions where she represented buyers, sellers, and investment banks on multi-million and billion dollar business deals. Her experience includes numerous oil and gas industry transactions ranging from public offerings and asset sales to multi-billion dollar mergers.
At Arnold & Itkin, Tara utilizes her experience in contract and business law to assist the firm in its high-stakes commercial and business dispute cases and in its internal business matters. Having grown up with many friends and family members who worked offshore, Tara is passionate about helping offshore injury victims and dedicating her work to ensuring that their safety and rights are protected. She understands that when workers are injured offshore, they deal with significant stress related to medical care and protecting the future of their families. She is proud to be part of a firm that fights tirelessly to protect clients' rights and makes clients' needs their top priority.
Tara lives in Houston with her husband Kurt and is an active member of the community. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Saint Paul's Methodist Church Foundation and is involved in several other community organizations. During her free time, Tara loves to travel to new places and enjoys being active outdoors.
Kelly Woods joined Arnold & Itkin in 2014. Kelly is passionate about protecting worker's rights and improving safety standards. Her commitment to helping hard-working clients is apparent in her aggressive, diligent representation. Kelly's practices focuses on serious personal injury and offshore accidents.
Kelly received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Clemson University. After graduating, she moved to Houston and began working at Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance, a company helping multinational corporations ensure quality construction and safe operation of critical infrastructures. After working in Quality Assurance, her overwhelming desire to help others led her to pursue a legal career as an advocate for injured workers.
Kelly attended South Texas College of Law on a Dean's Merit Scholarship. While at South Texas, she was a Varsity Moot Court advocate and received the CALI award for excellence in Agency & Partnership. Kelly also served as a member and Assistant Articles Editor of the South Texas Law Review, where she was awarded the Lisa Dahm Award for Writing Excellence in Public Policy for her Comment on Tort Reform. She obtained her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 2013, graduating magna cum laude and receiving membership in the Order of Lytae.
Prior to joining Arnold & Itkin, Kelly gained valuable experience working at various civil litigation firms and as a judicial intern for Justice Charles Seymore at the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. She is an active member of the Houston Bar Association and Houston Young Lawyers Association. Kelly is licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Kala's passion for advocacy and a determination to fight relentlessly for victims brought her to Arnold & Itkin in 2014. Since the time Kala was able to speak and sing, she has performed on stage, where she formed the ability to thrive under pressure. As a trial lawyer, Kala know applies those performance skills to the courtroom to obtain justice for her clients.
Kala majored in Political Science and received a Certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the prestigious Duke University. During her time at Duke, she interned at CNN for a semester in New York City, all while maintaining her normal classroom studies. After earning her undergraduate degree, Kala enrolled in Baylor Law School to pursue her passion for advocacy. During law school, she was a five time Dean's List student and a member of the ABA Labor Law Mock Trial Team, the AAJ National Mock Trial Team, the NCTC Mock Trial Team, and was a semifinalist in the Baylor Top Gun Competition, an intra-scholastic mock trial tournament involving all third-year Practice Court students.
Prior to her time at Arnold & Itkin, Kala honed her litigation skills at a boutique Houston firm handling a a wide array of personal injury cases. At Arnold & Itkin, Kala focuses her practice on catastrophic personal injury, maritime, commercial vehicle accident and offshore cases. She is licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
When not representing clients in the courtroom, Kala and her husband enjoy traveling to new places. Even since leaving college, she continues to show her allegiance to Duke University by occasionally painting her face and joining the "Cameron Crazies" at Duke basketball games.
Cesar Tavares was born in Mexico City and raised in the mountains of northern Utah. Prior to attending college, Cesar served two years as a volunteer missionary for his church. After completing his missionary service, he went on to graduate with honors from Utah Valley State College, Brigham Young University, and Harvard Law School. After earning his law degree, Cesar turned down several offers from some of the nation's most respected law firm to join a prominent firm near his wife's family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Early on in his legal career, it was clear that Cesar had a unique talent for compiling large amounts of highly technical and complex information and re-shaping it into a persuasive and easily understandable narrative. Cesar was trusted by large and small corporations to develop successful legal strategies for multi-million and multi-billion dollar matters.
Despite his early successes, Cesar wanted to pursue his true passion, advocating for clients in the courtroom. With his family's support, he sought a career with Arnold & Itkin based on the firm's reputation as one of the most prominent and successful trial firms in the nation. In 2014, Cesar joined Arnold & Itkin to begin his career as a trial lawyer.
Cesar believes his record of success advocating for large and small clients in a variety of practice areas is a direct result of his love for practicing law and his devotion to his clients. His passion drives him to work relentlessly to get the best results for his clients.
Cesar is admitted to practice law in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and in federal courts for the Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma.
Prior to moving to Texas, Cesar served as a leader for his church congregation. He was also selected to serve on the leadership academy for the State Bar. Cesar also provided pro-bono immigration clinics for various committees and events around the community and helped establish pro-bono programs at his prior firm that included a partnership with the local law school to provide legal representation to immigrants. He established a similar program with the local bar to provide individuals in landlord/tenant disputes with pro-bono legal representation.
Patrick K. Sweeten joined Arnold & Itkin's litigation department in January of 2015. Over his 17 year legal career, he has tried dozens of cases involving; personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, pharmaceutical drug litigation, products liability, premises liability, workers compensation, voting rights and numerous other practice areas.
Before joining Arnold & Itkin, Patrick served as the Chief of the Special Litigation Division for the Texas Attorney General's Office in Austin. In 2012, he was asked to lead the Special Litigation Division, a new trial division created to handle critical and complex litigation impacting the State of Texas.
As Chief of the Special Litigation Division, Patrick represented the State of Texas in litigation involving securities fraud, environmental pollution, voting rights and consumer fraud and defended the State of Texas against constitutional and statutory challenges to legislation. He led several litigation teams during his tenure at the Texas Attorney General's office. Patrick served as Lead Counsel for the State of Texas, where he led a litigation team that represented the State of Texas against challenges to House and Congressional redistricting legislation. The case was tried by a panel federal judges over a two week period in the summer of 2014. In 2012, he served as lead coordinating counsel for the State of Texas in Texas v. Holder, a case that involved Section 5 preclearance litigation of the Texas Voter Id legislation. The case was tried in front of three federal judges in Washington D.C. against the Department of Justice and multiple intervening parties. In 2013, the Special Litigation Division's work on a case against a company charged with environmental pollution netted the third largest settlement of a single facility polluter in the history of the Office of the Texas Attorney General.
Before serving as as Chief of the Special Litigation Division, Patrick worked in the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division of the Office of Attorney General for four years. He served as Lead Counselfor the State of Texas in State of Texas Ex rel. Allen Jones v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, a case that alleged that he marketer of the drug, Risperdal, was guilty of fraudulent and unlawful marketing practices. Patrick's team of seven attorneys represented the State of Texas in partnership with relator's counsel, against several national law firms defending one of the world's largest health care companies. During the litigation, Patrick deposed dozens of Janssen executives and employees, including the former President of Janssen Pharmaceuticals and current World Wide Chairman of Johnson and Johnson. The case was tried before a jury in Travis County in January of 2012. On the 8th day of trial, the two sides reached a $158 million settlement, doubling the previous largest recovery in the history of the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division against a single defendant. It was the second largest verdict or settlement obtained in the state of Texas for the entire year.
Prior to working with the Office of the Texas Attorney General, Patrick was a partner and associate at Delano Law Offices in Springfield, Illinois. In his nine years at Delano, he tried numerous cases and represented clients in wide array of personal injury cases. In 2002 he became a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum after winning a seven figure verdict for the family of man was in killed in an accident involving farm machinery that was being improperly transported on an Illinois road way.
Patrick is licensed to practice in Illinois and Texas. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court in the District of Columbia, the Southern District of Texas, the Western District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas the Central District of Illinois, and before the United States Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.
Patrick is originally from College Station, Texas, though he is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary's University Law School and also attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He lives with his wife Cathleen and three children; Michael, Grace and Christopher. In his spare time, he enjoys his children's activities, running, reading, traveling and Texas Longhorn football.
Scott Armstrong joined Arnold & Itkin's trial team in the spring of 2015. Scott was drawn towards the legal profession by his strong belief that victims of negligence and wrongdoing are entitled to a skilled and dedicated attorney who will tirelessly fight for justice on their behalf.
His desire to advocate for injured victims was developed at the University of North Texas, where he competed in moot court competitions while earning his undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, Scott enrolled in a Juris Doctorate program at the University of Houston Law Center. Scott graduated law school in the top 5% of his class and served as an editor for the Houston Law Review.
After getting his law degree, Scott went to work at another civil litigation firm in Houston. In law school, he also gained valuable legal experience interning for several notable and respected State Judges. Those experiences helped him win several advocacy championships, including the Blakely Butler Moot Court competition and the 43rd Annual John Black Competition.
After joining Arnold & Itkin, Scott's practice now focuses on catastrophic injury cases, defective drug cases, wrongful death cases, and other serious accident cases throughout Texas and the rest of the nation.
Scott is admitted to practice in Texas state and federal courts.
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