Kurt Arnold

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Houston, TX

Arnold & Itkin LLP
 | 6009 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713-222-3800
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Kurt Arnold is a fierce trial lawyer who has won billions in verdicts and settlements for his clients since founding Arnold & Itkin. He is one of the nation’s most accomplished, skilled advocates both in and out of the courtroom. Kurt believes results matter, and his track record proves it. He has won numerous record-setting jury verdicts throughout the country, including $117 million for the largest single-plaintiff personal injury verdict in Louisiana, $42 million for the largest commercial verdict in Hawaii, $44 million for the largest single amputee verdict nationwide, and $29 million for the largest settlement for an offshore death case in U.S. history.

Kurt cares deeply about his clients and will not take no for an answer. One of his favorite parts of being a trial lawyer is helping individuals defeat companies that have continued to deny their claims. Kurt turns “no” into victories for his clients every day. His dedication to justice has resulted in record-setting eight and nine-figure verdicts, dozens of jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, hundreds of settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million, and multiple nationwide product recalls. The National Law Journal recently recognized Kurt’s $44 million crane collapse jury verdict when it named Arnold & Itkin to its Elite Trial Lawyer List. This list honors 50 law firms who accomplished the largest awards for their clients. That case was later listed #43 in The National Law Journal's Top 100 Verdicts of 2015.

The Best Lawyers in America® also recognized Kurt for his extraordinary work in Admiralty and Maritime Law. When the Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 of its workers and injuring dozens more, 27 of the men and women on the rig chose him as their lawyer. Kurt represented more workers on the Deepwater Horizon than any other lawyer in the country. His hard work resulted in unprecedented settlements on their behalves, ensuring they would be taken care of for life. Kurt understands the unique complexities of maritime litigation and has been a leader in every major maritime accident litigation from the Deepwater Horizon explosion to the El Faro cargo ship tragedy. Kurt has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his maritime and oil rig clients in the past few years alone and is the go-to source for high-profile news organizations covering offshore and oilfield disasters.

After co-founding his law firm at the young age of 25, the success Kurt has achieved in the subsequent years is unparalleled. He has won bigger settlements and verdicts for his clients than anyone else his age in the country. In addition to his record verdicts, Kurt consistently wins multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for clients injured in a variety of high-profile cases. He has represented clients injured in the largest work site accidents, plant explosions, industrial disasters and land rig accidents across the nation, securing numerous eight-figure verdicts and settlements on their behalves. He has also fought for the rights of thousands of families who were harmed by giant pharmaceutical companies’ defective drugs and held trucking companies accountable for the tragedies they caused. These successes have earned Kurt the reputation among his peers as the leader in catastrophic personal injury litigation. As a result of his track record for obtaining exceptional value for his cases, hundreds of lawyers from around the world have asked Kurt to try their cases.

Kurt graduated from the University of Texas with High Honors at only 19 years of age. Three years later, he graduated from the University of Texas Law School with Honors in the top 5 percent of his class. Kurt is licensed to practice in Texas and Pennsylvania, before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kurt is proud of the firm he has built and takes pride in his team’s commitment to protecting his clients and fighting for justice. He and his wife Tara, who is also a lawyer, live in Houston and are involved in various community organizations.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Transportation/Maritime (40%)

Personal Injury - General (40%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2013

Email Me

To: Kurt Arnold
Super Lawyers: Potential Client Inquiry

Articles about Kurt Arnold appearing in Super Lawyers

About Kurt Arnold

Admitted 2002, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.arnolditkin.com/Meet-Our-Attorneys/Kurt-Arnold.as...

Honors and Awards:

  • Million and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Member of the Order of the Coif (top 10 percent of his class), University of Texas Law School, 2002
  • With Honors, University of Texas Law School
  • Houston Business Journal “40 Under 40”
  • H Texas Magazine "Top Lawyer for the People"

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Texas Bar Association 
  • Member, Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, St. Paul's Methodist Church in Houston, Texas

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • The Legal Team at Arnold & Itkin, LLP was proud to recover over $100 million in verdicts and settlements. No matter whether they were negotiating outside of a courtroom or if they were seeking to fight in a trial setting, the firm was tireless in their efforts to help their clients achieve the desirable outcome that they deserved. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin are proud of not only what has been previously done for their clients but look forward to future years, 2009
  • Arnold & Itkin attorneys Kurt Arnold & Paul Skrabanek obtained a $1,000,000 settlement on behalf of a seaman who witnessed a friend lose his life while on a vessel. The plaintiff suffered from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Luckily, the plaintiff suffered no physical injuries. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin brought claims on behalf of a Texas family who was injured while in California. The rollover was a result of faulty car repairs and failure to inspect for certain defects. The Arnold & Itkin attorneys were able to prove the injured family's account through depositions of eye witnesses, expert testimony, and inspections of the faulty parts. The case settled two weeks before trial
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin represented a child born with a birth defect caused by exposure to a dangerous drug. They investigated the claim to build their defense and were able to negotiate a $1 million settlement
  • Houston industrial injury lawyers Jason Itkin, Kurt Arnold, and Mike Tilton are pleased to announce they have reached a partial settlement of $1,050,000 for a client who suffered a herniated disk in a crane collapse industrial accident. The horrific incident occurred when the cab of a crawler crane sheared away from the crane's base forcefully ejecting the terrified occupant. The crane operator was lucky to survive. Because the workers' compensation carrier refused the injury claim and would not pay the plaintiff's medical bills, Arnold & Itkin LLP helped their client survive during the pendency of the lawsuit. The firm's innovative approach to establishing liability and circumventing the workers' compensation bar allowed the plaintiff to recover a substantial award
  • A mother who was injured by taking a dangerous drug was grateful to accept a $1 million settlement negotiated by attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin. Thanks to their hard work in the case, investigating the evidence and working with knowledgeable professionals, they were able to build a persuasive case for the client, arguing how the negligence of the drug company compromised the health of the plaintiff
  • A child who was injured by being exposed to a dangerous product was awarded a $1.1 million settlement with the representation of Arnold & Itkin's defective product attorneys. Their strong stance against a company whose negligence resulted in the harm of an innocent child was met with favorable results and substantial compensation for both the victim and their family
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys recovered $1.078 million for a tugboat captain injured during a poorly planned crew change operation. Plaintiff, a relief captain employed by defendant, was asked to perform a crew change in a jon boat across a half-mile wide stretch of the Mississippi River in an area with heavy ship traffic. Despite the fact that a large crewboat was available for use, the off-going captain chose to organize a crew change using the jon boat. Shortly after the on-coming crew entered the jon boat, they were swamped by the wake of a large tanker and nearly drowned. As a result of this incident, the relief captain suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder and anoxic brain injury from oxygen deprivation. After a four day bench trial, Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys recovered a verdict of $1.078 million for the relief captain. With interest, the total verdict is approximately $1.2 million
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys helped a dredge worker recover $1.2 million for a serious neck injury he suffered while working in Nigeria. Our client lives in Arnaudville, Louisiana and was unspooling heavy cable from a winch when he herniated a disk in his neck. He eventually needed surgery to correct the injury. The case was made more complicated because the dredge worker had previously injured his neck while working for a different company. Moreover, most of the witnesses lived in Nigeria. The case was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, with the Honorable Lynn Hughes presiding
  • After a weeklong trial, Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin of Arnold & Itkin LLP won a jury verdict in excess of $1.2 million on March 1, 2007. Arnold & Itkin LLP's client, a seaman, was injured while working alone on a ladder. He fell off the ladder and injured his neck and back. As a result of the fall, the Plaintiff underwent a one level fusion of his cervical spine. The Defendant made no offer to settle the case before or during trial. The jury found some contributory negligence on the part of the Plaintiff
  • The plaintiff was a business client who needed to retrieve commercial real estate assets. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Paul Skrabanek were able to retrieve a $1.2 million settlement on his behalf
  • Through aggressive representation, Attorney Kurt Arnold secured a $1.2 million settlement for a victim of Hurricane Ike whose insurance claim was unfairly denied. With his knowledge of injuries he knew what the client rightfully deserved and fought to have a fair amount compensated
  • A mother who was injured by a defective drug was given a $1.2 million settlement after representation by Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin. They were proud to take on her case and successfully advocate on her behalf
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin took on the case of an injured child. They secured a $1.2 million settlement for a child injured by presenting evidence that the injuries were caused by exposure to a dangerous drug
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin were able to bring a $1.2 million offer to their client, a mother injured after taking a defective drug. Due to their successful representation and settlement negotiation, the woman was able to see a positive resolution to her case
  • Taking on the case with tenacity and aggressiveness, attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin secured a settlement of $1.2 million for the family of a child injured by exposure to a dangerous product
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin took on the case of a child injured by exposure to a dangerous product. They secured a $1.2 million settlement for the family with their compelling arguments
  • Arnold & Itkin attorneys were able to gain a settlement of $1.2 million in a drug injuries case. Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin represented for a client who was born with multiple birth defects after exposure to a dangerous drug
  • The case of a child born with a birth defect due to a dangerous drug was settled by Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin for $1.3 million because of their compelling arguments against the pharmaceutical company
  • A worker sought the legal help of Arnold & Itkin after he was injured while working offshore. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Cory Itkin were able to secure a $1.3 million settlement to help him in his recovery
  • The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin took on the case of a child who was injured after exposure to a dangerous product. After fighting on the child's behalf, they were able to secure a $1.4 million settlement
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin took on the case of a child born with a birth defect after exposure to a dangerous drug. They negotiated a $1.4 million settlement after their aggressive legal representation on the child's behalf
  • After seeking the legal representation of attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin, a child injured by a dangerous product was able to see a successful outcome to their case. The attorneys were able to negotiate a $1.4 million settlement on behalf of the child
  • Dangerous drug attorneys Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin were proud to take on a case involving a child born with a birth defect due to exposure to a dangerous drug. They negotiated a $1.4 million settlement on behalf the family of the child
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Jason Itkin, Kurt Arnold, and Cory Itkin recovered $1.45 million on behalf on an injured Jones Act seaman. The case settled just days before going to trial. Our client was severely injured when he fell out of the ship's trash dumpster which had been suspended in the air. He broke his hip and wrist in the fall and developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. He has not been able to return to work. The shipping company argued that the injured worker had already recovered from his injuries, but had not returned to work because he had been battling alcoholism for several years. Arnold & Itkin LLP showed they were wrong. We also helped our client get the medical treatment he needed and the compensation he deserved. The case was pending in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek settled a claim on behalf of a commercial client that had suffered damages to his property. The insurance company refused to pay and otherwise denied his claim. Paul Skrabanek filed suit in Houston, Texas and was able to show the Defendant through discovery that it had miscalculated the damages and that as a result the insurance company owed a substantial sum. The defendant ultimately paid Arnold & Itkin LLP to settle the case for $1,500,000 rather than go to trial
  • Kurt Arnold and Cory Itkin secured a $1.5 million dollar settlement on behalf of an offshore worker who broke his non-dominant hand while working on a drill ship off the coast of Brazil. The injury required 4 surgeries to fix. The company argued that the injured worker was to blame for putting his hand in a pinch point. The company also argued that the worker should not recover because the company paid the worker's full wages and paid all his medical bills until his doctor released him back to work. Arnold & Itkin, LLP beat back these charges and obtained a settlement that will ensure their client will be financially secure as he moves on the next phase of his life. The case was pending in Fort Bend County, Texas
  • Kurt Arnold filed a lawsuit in Houston, Texas on behalf of a man injured from Northwestern Louisiana. The injured seaman was hurt when he was hit in his face by a spreader bar knocking him to the ground. The company denied Plaintiff the right to treat with a physician of his choice and ultimately he sought counsel. Arnold & Itkin LLP helped provide him the necessary funds to get medical treatment and live during the pendency of the case. Kurt Arnold was able to negotiate a successful $1,500,000 settlement one month before trial and just eight months after filing suit
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a $1.5 million settlement for an operator who suffered an open leg fracture while using a defective grinder that was given to him to use during his employment. The case settled the day before trial
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.6 million settlement for a captain who injured his back when he fell through a hatch that had been left open by another captain. The defense argued that the open hatch was an "open and obvious danger". Arnold & Itkin LLP showed the weakness of the defense's argument by hiring one of the industry's top experts to evaluate the case and prepare an animation that demonstrated how the hatch would have looked from Arnold & Itkin LLP's client's viewpoint. The animation also showed how the defendant could have prevented the injuries by simply barricading the hatch. The case, which was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, with the Honorable Judge John D. Rainey presiding, settled within ten days of trial
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a $1.6 million settlement for the surviving spouse and minor children of a vessel captain killed in an explosion that occurred when a spud barge struck an underwater high-pressure gas line, which ruptured and caught fire. The case was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The claim was pursued as part of a limitation of liability action filed by the owner of the barge
  • A mother who was injured by a dangerous drug sought the help of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin. Due to their compelling arguments and high quality of legal representation, she was able to receive a $1.6 million settlement thanks to attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin
  • The plaintiff in a back injury case, a man who sustained his injuries in an accident while attempting to rescue a co-worker, obtained the legal services of the team at Arnold & Itkin, LLP where his trust in the company paid off. The firm worked aggressively to protect his rights, negotiating a $1.67 million settlement on his behalf
  • A child was injured after being exposed to a dangerous product. The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin were able to advocate successfully on behalf of the child. Their negotiations led to Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin securing a $1.6 million settlement for the child
  • A mother who was injured by a dangerous drug sought the legal help of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP. She was awarded a settlement of $1.6 million thanks to the tenacious advocacy and compelling arguments of medical injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP successfully recovered $1.72 million for individual contractors injured on the job in the Gulf of Mexico in 2004 when they were exposed to hydrogen sulfide. The case was confidentially resolved in June 2005. A net recovery of $1,011,119.44 was shared among the claimants
  • The team of maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a $1.7 million settlement for an offshore worker. The worker suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of an on-the-job accident and was seeking justice after the injury which Arnold & Itkin helped to provide
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley were hired by an injured crane operator from Dayton, Texas. The client injured his back at a refinery when an explosion occurred. The case was prosecuted in Houston, Texas. The case settled for $1,750,000
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a settlement of $1,750,000 with a net to client of $1,015,917.34 for an individual who herniated discs in his neck and back after the lifeboat he was riding in malfunctioned. Before trial, the defendants' final offer would have only provided a net recovery of $480,000. Midway through the July 2006 trial, the defendants met the individual's settlement demand by more than doubling their previous offers
  • Houston maritime lawyers Jason Itkin and Kurt Arnold won a $1.75 million settlement for an employee of Wood Group who was injured in an offshore crane accident. The incident occurred aboard an offshore platform when a crane operator caused the boom crane he was operating to jerk. Without warning, the crane struck the firm's client in the face, knocking him off the railing he was standing on. In the fall, the plaintiff herniated a disc in his back, which ultimately required lumbar fusion surgery. The worker also had post concussion symptoms related to being struck in the head. The case was litigated in the federal court for the Southern District of Texas. It settled two weeks before trial
  • The medical injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin were able to secure a $1.7 million settlement for a child born with a birth defect. The lawyers were able to present compelling arguments that the birth defect was a direct result of a dangerous drug and therefore obtained such a successful case result
  • A mother experienced harmful side effects as a direct result of taking a prescription drug. Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin were able to help her and negotiated a $1.7 million settlement on her behalf injured for exposure to a dangerous drug
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP was hired to investigate an accident occurring in the Houston ship channel. Arnold & Itkin LLP was able to recover $1,800,000 for the family
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP obtains a $1.85 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered severe ankle and foot injuries when forced to jump overboard to avoid other injuries
  • Kurt Arnold and Robert Wynne prosecuted and won a settlement for an injured sixty year old seaman. The Florida seaman suffered second degree burns from a flash fire aboard a barge. The case was filed in Harris County. After nearly ten depositions, the parties settled for 1.9 million a few weeks before trial
  • Arnold & Itkin attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin secured a $1.9 million settlement for a child injured from exposure to a dangerous product because of their high quality of legal representation
  • A mother was injured by a dangerous drug sought the legal help of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP. The woman was experiencing unexpected negative side effects and was given a $1.9 million settlement thanks to the advocacy of Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin were able to secure a $1.9 settlement for their client. The client, a child injured by a dangerous product, was well advocated for. Due to their aggressive approach against the manufacturer, they were able to see a successful outcome to the case
  • A child who was born with a severe birth defect was represented by Arnold & Itkin attorneys. This birth defect was due to dangerous drug exposure. Due to aggressive representation, the child was awarded $1.9 million on behalf of Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin
  • The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin took on the case of an injured offshore worker. They settled the case for $1.9 million dollars. The client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, in addition to back and head injuries as a result of the accident in which he was involved. Arnold & Itkin attorneys were able to take an aggressive approach with the man's employer and obtain a successful outcome to the case
  • Arnold & Itkin attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin took on the case of a mother who was injured as a result of her exposure to a dangerous drug. They retrieved a $1.9 million settlement for her by going up successfully against the drug manufacturer. They were proud to advocate on her behalf and see that a successful outcome was obtained
  • After a one week trial in Vermillion Parish, Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys won a jury verdict and accompanying judgment for $1.95 million in a claim against Moncla Well Service, Inc. The case was brought on behalf of a former nurse injured when an improperly secured piece of oilfield equipment fell from the back of a truck and struck her car. As a result of this accident, the plaintiff suffered severe injuries to her head, jaw, and back. Defendants argued that her back injuries and headaches were not related to the accident but the jury disagreed. The verdict was one of the largest awards in a personal injury matter in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana. A portion of the verdict was placed in a structured settlement for net recovery to the client of $1,328,111
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin recently recovered $1.95 million on behalf of a Louisiana man who was involved in a serious accident while working offshore. The worker did not sustain any physical injuries, but suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD"). He attempted to go back to work after the incident, but could not continue working offshore as a result of his condition. Arnold & Itkin, LLP's maritime lawyers helped get him the medical treatment he needed and helped him recover enough money to ease his transition into a new career. The case was pending in Harris County, Texas
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and Paul Skrabanek filed suit on behalf of an injured Jones Act Seaman in Cameron County, Texas. This case was recently settled for $2,000,000.00 after just one deposition. The Plaintiff, a resident of Brownsville, suffered a serious back injury while working aboard a Vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Plaintiff was instructed to move a heavy roll of gasket material which caused the Seaman to sustain a serious back injury. Although Plaintiff reported the injury to his supervisors he remained offshore and did not receive proper medical care until a week later. Consequently, Plaintiff's Orthopedic Doctors have recommended extensive treatment and surgery
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a $2 million settlement for an offshore worker who broke several facial bones after the lid of a metal canister exploded into his face. The net recovery after fees and expenses was $1,073,840
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP secured more than $2 million dollars on behalf of two riggers working off the coast of Louisiana. The two men were replacing a back pressure valve when the valve skyrocketed off the pipeline and hit one worker in the head and knocked the other worker to the ground. The companies initially tried to put all the blame on the injured workers. However, Arnold & Itkin LLP was able to prove that a production operator that worked for one of the defendants failed to completely "bleed off" pressure that had accumulated inside the pipeline. The trapped pressure caused the explosion which injured the workers. Arnold & Itkin LLP was also able to show that the safety consultant hired to supervise the workers failed to properly do his job. One worker severely injured his lower back and the other work severely injured his neck and was diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome. The case did not completely settle until after trial had already begun. The case was pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division, with the Honorable Judge Vanessa Gilmore presiding
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $2 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered an injury to his neck when the captain of his vessel crashed the vessel into an unlit caisson off the coast of Galveston, Texas. The injury required surgical intervention leaving the plaintiff unable to return to his line of work. The defendant claimed that the injured worker was actually driving the boat at the time of the collision and argued that his injuries were not that serious. The case was pending in Nueces County, Texas
  • A child was injured by a dangerous product and was seeking legal representation to compensate for injuries. With the help of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP, the child was awarded a $2 million settlement due to the aggressive representation of the team
  • Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin's client was born with a sever birth defect after exposure to dangerous drug. They were pleased to deliver a $2.1 million settlement to the client due to their tenacious advocacy and high quality of legal representation
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP obtains a $2.25 million settlement on behalf of a seaman who suffered a debilitating back injury after falling from a machine to the deck below while trying to avoid a more serious injury when the crane operator caused the medicine ball to swing toward the plaintiff
  • Arnold & Itkin attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin were able to secure a $2.2 million settlement for a mother who was injured by exposure to a dangerous drug. They were able to ensure that the drug company was held accountable for their actions. Thanks to their firm, the mother got the justice that she deserved
  • A child was born with a birth defect due to exposure to a dangerous drug while she was still in the womb. Often women take drugs during their pregnancy that they do not know will harm their unborn child. With the tenacious advocacy and aggressive legal representation of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP, the child was awarded a $2.3 million settlement to take care of future needs
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP was pleased to secure a $2.3 million settlement for a young client. The child was injured by exposure to a dangerous product and was seeking compensation. Due to the aggressive representation and tenacious advocacy of the firm, the child and their family was able to obtain the justice they deserved
  • Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin were able to secure a $2.3 million settlement on behalf of one of their clients. The client was a child born with a birth defect because of exposure to a dangerous drug. Arnold & Itkin attorneys have ample experience dealing with cases where a mother with an unborn baby is unknowingly taking prescription drugs that could harm her child. Due to the high-quality of legal representation by the firm, there was a successful outcome
  • A worker who was injured offshore while performing his job duties was represented by Arnold & Itkin LLP. They were able to retrieve a $2.3 million settlement on his behalf. The settlement serves as compensation for his injuries, which included a concussion and a bulging and herniated disc
  • Kurt Arnold represented a seaman injured off the coast of Louisiana for injuries he sustained while working for his employer. The seaman lived in Louisiana and was injured in Louisiana inland waters but the case was filed in Galveston County under special venue rules that allow all injuries that occur in inland waters in the Gulf of Mexico to be filed in Galveston County. Plaintiff had severely injured his leg due to an unsafe working environment. Kurt Arnold was able to get his case trial ready and settled within twelve months of the original injury for $2,375,000
  • Paul Skrabanek and Kurt Arnold obtained a jury verdict on behalf of an injured refinery worker after a weeklong trial in the amount of $2,400,000. Paul took three of the seven witnesses at trial and got a defense expert struck on voir dire during trial. The Plaintiff suffered second and third degree burns to 20% of his body. His claims were against an engineering company that designed the equipment that caused his injuries. Defendant's final offer was $135,000
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP was hired by a businessman who had agreed to help a large telecom company acquire another company. The terms of the business man's engagement were discussed and agreed to orally, but they were never formalized in writing. Upon winning the bid, the telecom company offered to pay Arnold & Itkin LLP's client less than 1/50th of the oral terms. Arnold & Itkin LLP litigated this case for nearly a year and a half against one of the nation's largest law firms. Ultimately, Arnold & Itkin LLP reached a $2.5 million settlement for its client, providing a net recovery of $1,624,295
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $2.5 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered injuries requiring surgery to his neck and lower back while working on a drilling barge. The claimant was injured when he collided with a padeye in the mudroom that should have been removed
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Mike Pierce and Kurt Arnold obtained a $2.5 million verdict in a products liability case involving a defectively manufactured tiller handle steering mechanism for an outboard motor. The defective tiller handle broke after the bottom of the outboard motor struck a submerged object. The boat spun out of control as a direct result of the handle breaking. The plaintiff suffered a severe injury to his right arm necessitating amputation of the arm. Several law firms declined to take the case due to the difficulty in proving a manufacturing defect without the defective handle, which was discarded by a third party shortly after the accident. Arnold & Itkin LLP aggressively prosecuted the case. Defendant made no pretrial settlement offers. Mike Pierce and Kurt Arnold obtained a favorable verdict in the Sixteenth Judicial District Court of Cameron Parish Louisiana
  • A mother was exposed to a dangerous drug and sustained serious medical side effects. She sought legal help from Arnold & Itkin attorneys for compensation and justice. Due to the high-quality legal representation and tenacity of their legal team, she was given a $2.7 million settlement after attorneys Kurt Arnold & Jason Itkin advocated on her behalf
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to secure a $2.9 million settlement for a worker who was injured offshore. Upon receiving his injuries, the maritime worker sought the help of Arnold & Itkin for the legal expertise he needed. They were able to prove that the worker was deserving of compensation and secured him a large settlement
  • Kurt B. Arnold and Noah M. Wexler obtained a $2.9 million dollar settlement on behalf of two individuals who were severely injured in a motor vehicle accident. Arnold & Itkin LLP is proud to represent these individuals and their families and help them recover the compensation they deserve
  • A maritime worker sought the legal help of attorneys at Arnold & Itkin after he was severely injured in an offshore accident. When it came time to file a claim, he looked to Arnold & Itkin and they were able to see that he was awarded a $2.9 million settlement after proving that he suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of the incident
  • The attorneys at Arnold & Itkin were able to secure a $3 million settlement for their maritime client. He was injured while performing his job duties at an offshore worksite. His injuries were a head injury and a bulging disc injury. Due to the aggressive representation and maritime law experience of Arnold & Itkin, the client was able to get the compensation he deserved
  • Maritime attorney Kurt Arnold represented an injured seaman from Leesville, Louisiana. He had injured his hand while working on a drilling rig in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. Arnold filed the case in Texas where the company was based seeking future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, and pain and suffering. After months of negotiations, Kurt negotiated a $3,000,000 settlement for the injured seaman
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP accepted the offer of $3.1 million on behalf of an offshore worker severely injured in an accident. The client suffered from a herniated disc as well as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the accident. Due to their expertise in maritime law and tenacious legal representation, their attorneys were able to obtain a successful outcome
  • Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin took on the case of a client who suffered from a concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. He sustained these injuries after an offshore work accident. The man was awarded a $3.2 million settlement thanks to the hard work and legal aggressiveness of the team of maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP
  • The maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin were able to secure a $3.2 million settlement for a client who was severely injured while performing his job duties. He suffered a concussion and a herniated disc in an offshore accident. The man also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Thanks to the hard work and tenacity of the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin, he was able to get the justice he deserved
  • Arnold & Itkin attorneys, Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek, settled a case on behalf of an injured offshore worker for $3,350,000. The plaintiff injured his neck and back while working on equipment on an offshore installation in the Gulf of Mexico. The case settled the day before trial was to proceed
  • A senior official on the Thunderhorse offshore rig was severely injured, eventually losing the ability to walk, during the course of pumping quick seal negligently left in the rig's tank by a previous supervisor. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Paul Skrabanek settled the case for $3.3 million
  • Kurt Arnold and Noah Wexler recently secured a $3.5 million settlement on behalf of two clients who had been working as supply vessel captains near the coast of Nigeria – an area known for the high risk of boarding, attacks and kidnapping. Both of them had been victimized by inadequate security, engine malfunctions and other negligence that had left their vessel vulnerable to boarding and attack. In the attack by armed assailants, one of the victims sustained arm, back and neck injuries and the other sustained facial fractures; both of them developed by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The firm was proud to help these clients maximize their recovery and seek their just outcome
  • Arnold & Itkin secured a $3.7 million verdict for the family of Abelino Ponce, a longshoreman who was killed in a tragic accident at the Port of Houston. Mr. Ponce was helping to transport steel pipe from a ship to the dock when a wire struck him in the side and threw him to his death. On the eve of the October 2006 trial, the defendants offered to settle the case for $250,000. The plaintiffs, at Arnold & Itkin LLP's urging, rejected the settlement offer. After a three day trial, the jury awarded Mr. Ponce's family $3.7 million
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley and Caroline Montano Chapman recently secured a $3,750,000.00 dollar settlement for an injured Jones Act Seaman. At the time of his accident, the client worked as an engineer on a vessel for a large offshore marine transportation operator in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The client was a 42-year-old resident of Virginia. The client contacted Arnold & Itkin LLP through its website after having questions regarding his rights under the Jones Act. The case was then filed in Harris County, Texas and was resolved within ten months. The client sustained a serious injury to his left arm when his hand was severed by a large fan blade while he was performing an inspection near the vessel's engine room. Arnold & Itkin LLP was proud to assist this man to ensure he received the future medical treatment he needed and was otherwise taken care of for the rest of his life
  • Attorney Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin's client experienced throat injuries in addition to post traumatic stress after an offshore accident. The $3.8 million settlement he received will help support him through his recovery and the years to follow
  • The plaintiff was a young child who suffered injury as a result of exposure to a dangerous product. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin recovered $3.8 million on her behalf to ensure her medical treatment would be possible for the rest of her life
  • The persistent legal representation of Arnold & Itkin attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin was able to secure a $3.8 million settlement for a woman injured by a dangerous drug. The injuries she sustained were long-term, so the settlement will cover her ongoing health care costs
  • After being exposed to a dangerous drug, a client was born with severe birth defects. The $3.8 million settlement secured by attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin will ensure that the child is taken care of, medically and physically, for the rest of its life
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to secure a $3.8 million settlement for a client traumatized by an offshore accident. The client suffered from post traumatic stress disorder as well as a concussion, and was unable to return to his only known field of work. Arnold & Itkin was pleased to help secure his future with this award
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Paul Skrabanek, and Kyle Findley settled a suit on behalf of a Mississippi man that was injured while working in a Texas refinery. There was a plant explosion at the refinery and ultimately the injured worker had to have surgery to repair a broken arm and herniated disc in his low back. He asked Arnold & Itkin LLP to help once his benefits were severely limited due to workers' compensation. The case was filed in Houston, Texas and the Defendant settled for $4,000,000.00. Paul took all the liability and damages depositions in the case. This included heads of safety, operations, and maintenance, as well as operators. Paul also argued a portion of the case at the Court of Appeals
  • A client who suffered from a concussion and a herniated disc as well as neck, knee and ankle injuries after an offshore accident was awarded a $4 million settlement thanks to the tenacious advocacy of attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin
  • After suffering from a concussion due to an accident offshore, the client could not return to work. Arnold & Itkin was able to take on his case and secure a $4.1 million settlement. This will take care of the client and his family now that he can no longer provide for them in his area of expertise
  • Kurt Arnold obtains a $4.4 million settlement for a Southwest Louisiana family who had oil contamination on their land. Kurt Arnold brought suit against oil companies that had left behind contamination on a piece of property in Cameron Parish. The property was approximately a few acres and had been in the family for several generations. Plaintiffs discovered there was some contamination left on the property from oilfield operations. Arnold & Itkin LLP hired a team of environmental experts that tested the property and then formulated a remediation plan. The case was resolved pretrial for $4.4 million and Defendants paid the cost of the cleanup
  • Arnold & Itkin, LLP won a $4.5 million jury verdict on behalf of an offshore contractor who was injured during a basket transfer that went wrong. The injured worker was from Jeanerette, Louisiana and was hurt while attempting to transfer from a crew boat to a jack up rig in rough seas. Arnold & Itkin's client eventually needed surgery on his back and neck to treat his injuries. The crew boat company argued that the accident never even occurred and that the man's surgeries were unnecessary. Arnold & Itkin proved these allegations were wrong. Before trial, the defendant only offered $200,000 to settle the case, but settled after the trial for $3 million to help the client and his family move on with their lives. The case was tried in St. Mary's Parish, Louisiana with the Honorable John E. Conery presiding
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin received a $4.5 million settlement on behalf of their client who sustained a herniated disc as well as ankle injuries after an offshore accident in his place of employment. Arnold & Itkin is proud that his family's needs will be met for many years
  • After their client sustained head and injuries in an offshore accident, attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to prove that the loss in quality of life as well as the forced career change required a compensation of $4.6 million
  • Arnold and Itkin attorneys, Kurt Arnold and Paul Skrabanek obtained a 4.8 million dollar verdict on behalf of the daughter of the deceased. The plaintiff's father died after he suffered a head injury while at the Van Dyke's seafood processing facility in Port Arthur, Texas. Van Dyke's personnel allowed the deceased to lie in a break room for seven hours after realizing he was bleeding from the mouth and complaining of severe headaches. The case was tried in Jefferson County, Texas before the Honorable Judge Donald Floyd. The jury returned a unanimous verdict after only four hours of deliberation
  • Arnold & Itkin was able to secure a $4.8 million dollar settlement for a client who sustained a concussion and a herniated disc injury in an offshore accident. The attorneys are pleased to say that their client's quality of life has improved thanks to the excellent medical care provided for by the settlement
  • Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Paul Skrabanek obtained a unanimous $4,900,000.00 dollar jury verdict after a trial that lasted a week and a half in front of Judge Wilson in the 157th District Court for Harris County, Texas. The client was a driller working for Diamond Offshore off the coast of Brazil who was 30 years old at the time of his accident which occurred aboard the Ocean Yorktown. Plaintiff sustained serious injuries to his left arm and back when he was unexpectedly hoisted over 20 feet in the air at which time his fall protection failed. Arnold & Itkin was proud to assist this young man to ensure he received the medical treatment he required along with the compensation and justice he deserved
  • After an offshore accident, the plaintiff suffered from a herniated disc and a concussion, as well as post-traumatic stress. Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin fought to receive a $5.2 million dollar settlement so that the client's future would not be uncertain
  • Arnold & Itkin's client experienced psychological trauma after an accident offshore. Maritime attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were pleased that the $5.4 million settlement awarded to their client would ensure that he and his family would be taken care of into the future
  • After a terrible offshore accident, Arnold & Itkin's client suffered head and back injuries leading to chronic and continued pain. Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin secured a $5.5 million settlement to cover the cost of continued care
  • A young client working offshore was injured in an accident and suffered depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Arnold & Itkin fought to successfully represent her and was able to obtain a $5.5 million settlement for on her behalf
  • A $5.8 million settlement was awarded to Arnold & Itkin on behalf of their injured offshore client. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to demonstrate that his post-traumatic stress and disc and head injuries severely impacted his quality of life, which led to the successful outcome of the case
  • Kurt Arnold represented a widow and her family after her husband was tragically killed in a workplace accident in Southeast Texas. Defendant's employees dropped a series of pipes on the deceased crushing him. He died weeks later from his injuries. The case was filed in Harris County and the case was ultimately compelled to arbitration due to an arbitration clause in the deceased's employment agreement. After several depositions and just a few weeks before arbitration, the case was successfully resolved on behalf of the family for a confidential amount that was more than twelve times the special damages in the case
  • A client of Arnold & Itkin sustained traumatic injuries after an accident offshore, including bulging and herniated discs as well as complications associated with a concussion. By showing the severe impact his injuries had on his ability to live his life and do his job, attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to secure a settlement of over $7.1 million dollars
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP represented a Louisiana oilfield worker who suffered brain damage and memory loss after he fell through the grating on an offshore platform. The case involved several complex legal issues due to the nature of the injuries, number of defendants, and volume of medical records. The case proceeded to trial in October 2006. After jury selection began, the case was settled for $7.2 million. More than $4 million was received by the client, with $2.5 million of the net recovery invested in a structured fund to ensure the client's future needs would be met
  • Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Cory Itkin filed suit in Houston, Texas on behalf of an injured Louisiana steward. He was injured during an offshore accident that ultimately resulted in back surgery. His injuries prevented him from returning to work offshore. Plaintiff has initially consulted different lawyers that told the injured seaman that his case might be worth a few hundred thousand dollars. He then sought a second opinion from Arnold & Itkin LLP. After filing suit and extensive work, the case settled for $8,000,000 before trial
  • Arnold & Itkin reaches a settlement valued over $9,000,000 for Louisiana landowners. Kurt Arnold represented the landowners who brought suit against big oil companies to clean up their property. These plaintiffs had this land in their name for generations and were concerned that there might be contamination from oilfield operations on their properties. Arnold & Itkin LLP retained a series of experts in the industry to determine the level of contamination that oil companies had left behind once their operations on the property were finished. Many of the companies had not followed any policies or procedures for containing oil and those foreign elements associated with oil and gas operations on the property. Further, after production stopped, the oil companies did not clean up their operations and remove the equipment associated with those operations. The lawsuit resulted in a large settlement for the families in addition to full restoration of their properties by forcing the companies to fully clean up the properties
  • Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Michael Pierce won a $9.6 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. The jury deliberated for only a day and a half before finding the defendant liable for designing a faulty piece of equipment that led to the injuries. The pretrial settlement offer was less than $300,000.00
  • After a three week trial, Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin won a $10.9 million jury verdict on behalf of a Louisiana family. The family filed suit in Beaumont, Texas following a tragic grade crossing accident that killed a mother of four and left her five year old daughter paralyzed. After the Court (Judge Sanderson, presiding) denied pretrial motions, plaintiffs set out to prove that the crossing was a unique and local safety hazard and that Union Pacific should have installed active warning devices at the crossing, which was only protected by street signs at the time of the accident. After presenting the jury with evidence that sight lines were deficient, the crossing’s orientation made it challenging to look to the left because the road approached the crossing at a thirty degree angle, and that there were four prior accidents, including two deaths, over the seven years prior to the accident, the jury found that the crossing was hazardous and that Union Pacific should have protected the crossing with active warning devices
  • Arnold & Itkin's client was injured in an offshore accident, sustaining physical and psychological injuries. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin were able to obtain a settlement of $11,500,000 for the client's continued care
  • Kurt Arnold, Jason Itkin, and Mike Pierce resolved a Jones Act seaman case for $14 million two days before trial. Arnold & Itkin LLP represented the seaman after he suffered a head injury on the Hercules 15 inland barge. The Hercules 15 was located in Lake Washington, Louisiana at the time of the incident. Hercules employees tack welded a three foot pipe to the derrick and then forgot to remove it before starting drilling operations. The pipe was jarred loose and hit Plaintiff in the head. The case was filed in Galveston County Court in March 2008. The case was set for trial February 2, 2009. Hercules settled the entire case for $14 million on the eve of trial
  • Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin won a $38.2 million jury verdict on behalf of their client, Richard Foreman, a Houston investor who was secretly cut out of a deal to acquire Honsador Lumber Corporation, one of Hawaii's largest lumber suppliers. The jury found Key Principal Partners LLC and its parent Key Corporation guilty of breaching their fiduciary duties, intentionally interfering with Foreman's efforts to acquire the Honsador Lumber Corporation, and violating Hawaii's unfair competition statute. Read more about the trial and verdict as covered in the press by the Houston Business Journal
  • Arnold & Itkin, LLP successfully tried a case on behalf of the victim of a severe ambulance accident. The plaintiff had been seven months pregnant and experiencing stomach pain when she called Acadian Ambulances to pick her up and transport her to the hospital in December 2010. The driver of the ambulance who picked her up had a history of bad driving and poor vision. When driving down LA-1 North, he dropped his RSI device onto the floor. Without reducing speed, he leaned down to locate and grab it – completely looking away from the road. During this time, he drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck. The plaintiff's spine was severed at T4 during the accident and she sustained serious brain injuries. There is no chance of a full recovery and she will be in a wheel chair for the rest of her life. At the time of the verdict, she had already sustained medical bills in excess of $1.4 million, with an estimated cost of $30 million for her future care plan. After the accident, her unborn daughter was prematurely delivered; since then, both the infant and the plaintiff's other daughter have gone to live with their grandmother. Arnold & Itkin, LLP was able to successfully prove fault on behalf of the ambulance driver and succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters, 2010
  • Arnold & Itkin is proud to say that they have secured over $250 million in verdicts and settlements in 2011. They have continually fought to defend the legal rights of their clients and continue to apply a creative approach with a hard work ethic to help their clients with whatever obstacles that they find themselves facing. With an unwavering dedication, Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin continue to raise the bar and fight to defend the best interests of their clients – both inside and outside of the courtroom, 2011
  • Through hard work, innovation and commitment to the success of their clients, the legal team at Arnold & Itkin, LLP has successfully been able to recover more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements over the past three years. They are proud of what they have been able to accomplish on behalf of their clients and honored that clients have chosen to come to them in their time of need. The firm hopes to continue raising the bar to all new highs and will continually apply themselves with vigor and understanding to the needs of their clients. Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin look forward to what the firm can accomplish in coming years

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas, B.A. in Government, With High Honors
Office Location for Kurt Arnold

6009 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Phone: 713-222-3800

 

Kurt Arnold:

Last Updated: 1/23/2017

Page Generated: 0.66854095458984 sec