Kurt Arnold

Top rated Transportation & Maritime attorney in Houston, Texas

Arnold & Itkin LLP
Kurt Arnold
Arnold & Itkin LLP

Practice Areas: Transportation & Maritime, Personal Injury, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2002

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2013

Arnold & Itkin LLP

6009 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007 Visit website


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

Transportation/Maritime, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Transportation Law, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Transportation/Maritime
  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2002, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.arnolditkin.com/meet-our-attorneys/kurt-arnold/

  • Member, Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers®
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law, Best Lawyers®
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers®
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers®
  • Lawdragon Legends, Lawdragon
  • 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon
  • 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, Lawdragon
  • Elite Trial Lawyer Top 50 List, The National Law Journal
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine
  • Top 40 Under 40 Award, Houston Business Journal
  • Founding Member of the Nation's Top 100 Attorneys, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $357 million settlement for victim of Texas work accident
  • $205 million confidential settlement obtained for numerous clients
  • $193 million settlement won for victims of pipeline explosion
  • $177.5 million settlement for workers burned in industrial incident
  • $171 million settlement, one of the largest confidential settlements in history
Educational Background:
  • University of Texas, B.A. in Government with High Honors
  • University of Texas Law School, J.D. with Honors
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Pennsylvania
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • Member, Texas Bar Association 
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, St. Paul's Methodist Church in Houston, Texas

Office location for Kurt Arnold

6009 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Phone: 888-493-1629

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