Kurt Arnold - Arnold & Itkin LLP

Over $1 billion recovered for injured clients

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Firm Overview

My firm is focused on handling claims when everything is at stake. We try lawsuits on behalf of injured victims for catastrophic and serious injury cases. We are especially knowledgeable regarding maritime law and we do everything possible to ensure that injured Jones Act seamen receive fair compensation for injuries obtained and illnesses incurred while working offshore. We are also able to help in claims involving dangerous drugs, truck accidents, product liability and other areas of personal injury law. Clients who work with a Houston personal injury lawyer have the benefit of extensive experience and aggressive representation on their side.

Example cases
- $117 million verdict on behalf of a mother injured in an ambulance accident

- $38.2 million for plaintiff who had been wrongfully cut out of a deal to acquire a Hawaiian company.

- $29 million settlement in an offshore accident (largest known settlement of an offshore death)

- $14 million for seaman who experienced a head injury while employed on an inland barge.

- $13.75 million settlement for injured plant worker

-$12.75 million settlement for injured plant worker

- $12 million on behalf of a plant worker who suffered burns when a safety valve failed at the refinery

- $11.75 million on behalf of an injured man who received injuries while working a turnaround.

- $11.6 million jury verdict in a Houston, Texas case involving a worker who suffered a catastrophic injury that resulted in the loss of most of the sight in one of his eyes

- $11.5 million on behalf of an offshore accident victim suffering from both physical and psychological injuries.

- $10.9 million verdict after a three week trial involving a young girl who was paralyzed, and a mother who was killed in a crossing accident.
Main Office

Main
6009 Memorial Drive
Houston  TX  77007

Phone
  • (713) 222-3800
Fax
  • (713) 222-3850

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, for as long as it takes to understand the client's needs.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We service our clients on a contingent fee basis. Unless we are able to successfully recover damages on their behalf, our clients do not have to pay a dime for having been represented by us.

Hourly Rates

None.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Sherry Black is the firm office manager. Kristina McDonald is my assistant.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

In the initial case review, we can discuss the case in specifics with the client and determine how our firm will best be able to help. If that means that we take on part of the case but not its entirety, we will certainly be open to discussing the possibility.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Our firm operates in a team atmosphere and we are not against dividing work if it is what's best for the current case. A typical case will have at least two lawyers and two paralegals. We create personal strategies on a case-by-case basis to deliver optimum results to our clients. Our team is composed of highly knowledgeable and proficient attorneys - regardless of who handles your case, you can trust that it will be dealt with professionally and effectively.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

When we take on a case, we never turn down an option. In many cases, we find that we do not need to turn towards mediation, arbitration or collaborative law, but if that is what is required or what will work best for any given case, we will always consider these options to be viable.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

I strongly believe in giving back to the community and support a variety of charities. My wife and I are also active members of St. Paul's Methodist Church in Houston, TX.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

My firm is distinct in that we are creative, aggressive and always interested in looking out for the best interests of our clients. We prepare every case as if it will inevitably go to trial, which not only gives us the upper hand in negotiations, but also ensures that we are prepared for any possibility. The fact that we take many cases to trial and consistently win separates us from most of our competition.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

When clients come to work with us, we never expect them to have a legal background or to be proficient in state and federal laws. That's our job. By putting our years of educational and hands-on-experience to work for you, you can ensure a just outcome in your case, knowing that complex litigation matters will always be handled with expertise. That being said, we lay out all the facts and apply them to the relevant law to explain to our clients the ranges of outcomes so they can make informed decisions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are interested in looking over all documents that are relevant to the case at hand.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Any person who has reason to believe that they have a personal injury claim should contact us. In an initial case evaluation, we will be able to discuss the situation and determine the best course of action.

Kurt Arnold

My law partner Jason Itkin and I established Arnold & Itkin LLP in 2004 after we both left one of the nation's top trial firms. It was always our vision to create a law firm that didn't treat clients like numbers; instead, we wanted to get to know them personally so that we could successfully advocate on their behalf. Over the years, we have done just that: we have tried dozens of lawsuits in all types of situations and recovered over a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our track record in the courtroom have enabled the firm to try all types of cases (commercial disputes, maritime, and personal injury cases in courtrooms all over the country.Our firm operates in a team atmosphere and we are not against dividing work if it is what's best for the current case. A typical case will have at least two lawyers and two paralegals. We create personal strategies on a case-by-case basis to deliver optimum results to our clients. Our team is composed of highly knowledgeable and proficient attorneys - regardless of who handles your case, you can trust that it will be dealt with professionally and effectively.
License
  • Bar Number: 24036150
    Texas , 2002

Jason Itkin

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.
License
  • Bar Number: 24032461
    Texas , 2001
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence , 2001

Cory Itkin

Cory Itkin aggressively represents commercial and personal injury plaintiffs in state and federal courts throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast and the United States.

While earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, Cory was elected by his classmates as a Student Government representative and as an officer in the Silver Spurs.

after earning his Bachelor's degree, Cory attended the University of Houston Law Center. During his time at law school he earned numerous distinctions and honors, including induction to the Order of the Barons and graduating cum laude.

Following law school, Cory worked in Houston at a prestigious litigation firm. When afforded the opportunity to work on one of the firm's rare plaintiff's cases, Cory recognized that his passion and talents were better suited to representing victims.

After joining Arnold & Itkin, Cory now devotes his practice to helping families get their lives back on track after being harmed by the negligent and reckless conduct of others. He has won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients in more than a dozen states.

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 several times.

Noah Wexler

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.

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).

Victoria Alford

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 the 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. Victoria represents clients not only with vigor, but also with grace; always mindful of each client's needs.

Kyle Findley

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 is also an active member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the Houston Bar Association.

Caj Boatright

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.

Santana McMurrey

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.

Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott joined Arnold & Itkin in 2014 to continue advocating for people who have been victimized by others actions. While her focus is on representing clients who have suffered injuries offshore, she also has experience in personal injury and medical malpractice law.

Sarah was raised in Florida, but moved to Texas to attend Southern Methodist University. At SMU, she tripled majored in English, Spanish and Journalism. After graduating cum laude, devoted her time to researching and investigating discrimination claims at a civil rights firm. These experiences made clear to her the impact attorneys have on their clients' lives. As a result, she chose to continue her education at Baylor University Law school.

While at Baylor, Sarah honed her skills in multiple advocacy competitions. Her brief won first place out of 32 teams from across the country at the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Tournament. Serving as an executive editor at the Baylor Law Review afforded her the opportunity to continue developing her writing skills. She gained valuable experience by working for U.S. District Judge Walter Smith. In her free time, Sarah also sought to give back to the community by working for Project Innocence, an organization that seeks to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners.

Sarah graduated with honors from Baylor University school of Law and moved to embark on her legal career. In her time in Houston, she has garnered experience working with a range of clients to achieve successful settlements. She is an active member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Association. Sarah has become active in the Houston community; outside of work, Sarah volunteers with the Houston Area Women's Center Young Leaders Program and the Houston Rodeo.

Anna Williams

Anna Williams has one goal for each client obtain the best possible result, both in and out of the courtroom, through the highest quality representation that is fearless and compassionate. She represents people in a variety of matters, including serious personal injury, offshore injuries, and business disputes, carefully tailoring the best solution for each individual case. Anna's commitment to excellence is rooted in her dedication to serving others, and she has the background to ensure that those she helps receive the best.

Anna was raised in Marietta, Georgia and attended college at Wake Forest University. In just three years, she graduated with High Honors from the Honors English program. While at Wake forest, she became certified as a sexual assault victim's advocate and began helping women and children through assault examinations and courtroom proceedings.

After receiving a full scholarship to Baylor University School of Law, Anna moved to Texas committed to earning a law degree that would allow her to continue working in service of others. She honed her legal skills as a member of the Baylor Law Review and had her article, "Are You in Good Hands? Whether Bad Faith Claims for Wrongful Denials of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims Still Exist in Texas" published in the Fall 2013 Book. While her research and writing skills had always been exceptional Anna proved to be a dual threat by finishing first place as a member of four moot court and mock trial teams and by receiving the best brief award in a national competition. She also gained valuable mentorship and experience through externships with two United States District Court Judges in Waco and Dallas, Texas.

Anna is licensed to practice in both Texas and Georgia. After settling permanently in Houston, Anna is an active member of Houston's First Baptist Church and its Summit Ministries and is an avid supporter of Houston's athletics.

Tara Arnold

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.

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